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Scott Lanier Reynolds, 1911-1988

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Scott Lanier Reynolds was born August 12, 1911 at Paint Bank (Craig County), Virginia, the son of the late Oscar Washington and Annie Wright Reynolds. Upon graduation from high school he was employed at Steger Pharmacy, Covington, Virginia, for many of his youthful years. He married the former Miss Juanita Bryan of Paint Bank and they were the parents of one daughter. She preceded her husband in death in 1970. Mrs. Reynolds was the sister of the late Rev. Robert F. Bryan of the Virginia conference. In January 1940, the Rev. Reynolds was a part of a great revival at Granbery Memorial Methodist Church in Covington, Virginia. This revival deepened his commitment to Christ and influenced his later life. 

In 1948, he joined the Chrysler Corporation and for 10 years was sales manager in North Carolina. After retirement in 1958, he came to Roanoke with Fulton Motor Company. He was an active member of West End United Methodist Church and soon became closely associated with Goodwill Industries, Inc. and the Rev. Lewis Ovenshire, director. 

His close association with Brother Ovenshire brought him into Christian work. He was called to serve our church where there was need for his recognized skills. In 1966, he was asked to serve Goodwin Memorial in Salem and also Halls Church. In 1969, he was "promoted" to a four-church charge at Catawba, which he served for seven years. During his tenure at Catawba he married his present wife, Eula A. Reynolds. A chaplaincy at Catawba Hospital for five years was also a part of his ministry on the Catawba Charge. At the Virginia Annual Conference in June 1972, Lanier Reynolds was ordained deacon. In 1975 he was asked to serve Mount Pleasant and Pierce Chapel churches west of Fincastle, where he continued as pastor for more than 13 years, until the time of his death. 

Scott Laniet Reynolds was among the finest of our lay preachers, devoted to the cause of Christ throughout his entire life and serving our conference under appointment for more than 22 years. He always manifested, both in his face and in his manner of life, the character of Jesus whom he adored. 

The folks at Goodwin Memorial remember, "He told us that he could preach better with a choir, so he immediately organized one. Some of the members are in our choir today."

At the four Catawba churches they say of him, "He was noted for his congeniality and his personal concern for every member. Blessed with a quick wit, a good sense of humor, Lanier always maintained a bright outlook on life." 

Members of Mount Pleasant and Pierce Chapel look back upon his long and stable 13-year ministry with profound respect. "He loved music and singing; he shared our happiness and our tears; he taught us about God and our Savior; he loved both the young and the old; he was the most dedicated minister we have ever known, and in total disregard to his health, he kept on going." Words such as courteous, agreeable, energetic, intelligent, lovable, devoted servant, and young of heart are used in describing him.

Scott Lanier Reynolds died Tuesday, December 6, 1988 at Lewis Gale Hospital in Roanoke, Virginia. His funeral was held at Oakey's North Chapel with a very large attendance and conducted by the Rev. Ward L. Donat, district superintendent, and the Rev. Arthur E. Grant, with burial in the Bryan Cemetery at Paint Bank, Virginia. 

He is survived by his wife, Eula Akers Reynolds; one daughter and son-in-law, Nancy R. and L. Barry Brown, two grandsons, and one granddaughter of Radford; also a stepson, Carlton Bowyer and wife, Tamara, of Virginia Beach; one step-grandson; and Mrs. Muriel McCaleb of Paint Bank, Virginia, his only sister. 

In loving memory of a devoted friend and brother in Christ, we now give thanks to Almighty God. He will remain in our hearts.

-John Wynn Myers


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