Joe Coleman Reynolds
and Stella Irene
Joe Coleman Reynolds
b 18 Mar 1909 Seco Letcher Co KY d 10 Sept 1994, Whitesburg, Letcher Co
KY, age 86 years of Parkinson Disease;
buried Hall Cemetery, Ermine, Letcher Co KY; s/o William Henry
Reynolds II and Mahala Hall. Joe Coleman Reynolds m. 11 Jun 1938 to Stella Irene Lewis
b 7 Jul 1914 d Sunday, 19 Mar, 2006, buried Hall Cemetery, Ermine, Letcher Co KY
d/o Willie Franklin Lewis and Ada Dixon.
Joe Coleman Reynolds was a merchant and furniture store owner, a
US Army WWII Veteran and guard at the
White House under the Roosevelt administration. Stella Irene Lewis Reynolds was
a school teacher, a merchant, a member of the Pine Mountain Chapter of the DAR,
an active member of the Republican party, a member of the First Baptist Church,
Whitesburg, KY where she served as Sunday school teacher. She was a member of
the Women's Missionary Union, Sandlick Bible Club and the Sandlick Homemakers.
Children of Joe Coleman Reynolds and Stella Irene Lewis;
Lewis Reynolds b 1939 m.
Wanda Rodgers b 1940
d/o Clel Birton Rodgers and Lucille Long
II. Joe Coleman "J. C." Reynolds Jr
III. Mahala Reynolds 1945 m.
James Wiley Craft b 1945 KY.
Mahala Reynolds m. 2nd to Sonny
Stella Irene Lewis Reynolds, 91, Letcher County teacher and co-founder of
Reynolds Furniture Company died Sun., Mar. 19, 2006. Born on Sandlick Creek July
7, 1914, she was the widow of Joe Coleman Reynolds and the daughter of Willie
Franklin and Ada Dixon Lewis. Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds opened Reynolds Furniture in
1946 in Neon, KY and the Whitesburg store in 1957. Their store closed in 2005.
Mrs. Reynolds attended elementary and high school at the Junior Order Orphanage
in Tiffin, OH. She was placed there, along with her brothers and sisters, after
the death of her father during a typhoid epidemic in 1923. She graduated from
the Junior Order High School and attended Berea, Lees and Georgetown Colleges.
She was a kindergarten teacher under the W.P.A. program and taught at the
Hemphill, Sergent and Marlowe Grade Schools in Letcher County. She also taught
in Rockcastle County.
Mrs. Reynolds was a member of First Baptist Church, Whitesburg, where she served
as a Sunday School teacher and a member of the Women's Missionary Union. She was
a member of the Pine Mountain Chapter of the Daughter's of the American
Revolution, Sandlick Bible Club and the Sandlick Homemakers. She was an active
member of the Republican Party. In 1988, Mrs. Reynolds was diagnosed with
Alzheimer's Disease. She participated in a research program at Jewish Hospital
in Cincinnati, OH. Irene Reynolds is survived by 2 sons, James Lewis Reynolds
(Wanda) of Winter Park, FL, Joe Coleman Reynolds, Jr. of Ermine, KY, 1 daughter,
Mahala Reynolds Frazier (Sonny) of Whitesburg, KY, 8 grandchildren and 9
great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother, Quentin H. Lewis of Bristol,
VA and 2 sister, Evaleen Lewis Towery of Crockett, TX and Willa Lewis Mullins of
Guilford, IN. She was preceded in death by her husband Joe and a brother Edwin
R. Lewis of Jackson, MI. Visitation 2 - 9 pm, Tues., Mar. 21 at Letcher Funeral
Home. Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church, Whitesburg, Wed., 1
pm with burial following in the Hall Cemetery at Ermine, KY. In lieu of flowers,
contributions are suggested to First Baptist Church or the Alzheimer's