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Thomas Guy Reynolds Jr.,

Jan 30, 2015

Thomas Guy Reynolds Jr., 102, of Martinsburg, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015.

Born Nov. 30, 1912, in Martinsburg, he was the son of the late Thomas Guy Reynolds Sr. and Lora Lenora Stotler. He was preceded in death by two wives, Pearl Ennis Reynolds and Loma (Peg) Cunningham Reynolds.

Mr. Reynolds graduated from Shepherd College in 1933 with a degree in education. His diverse careers included teaching in Berkeley County schools for 18 years; running his own television and radio repair business; serving as an electro-mechanical designer for Thieblot Aircraft; and working for 17 years as an engineer at Corning Glass Works, where he was appointed to the position of senior associate.

Mr. Reynolds was well-known for his association with aviation and the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport. He took his first air flight out of Shepherd Field in 1929, in a Ford Trimotor. In 1943, he organized the Martinsburg Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, the patch for which bears his initials, and served as its first commander. After World War II, Mr. Reynolds was chairman of the West Virginia State Aeronautics Commission for two terms. At the age of 93, he celebrated his birthday with a parachute jump, a life-long ambition. Through his 100th year, Mr. Reynolds flew his light-sport airplane as often as he could and frequently attended airport functions.

In December 2014, Mr. Reynolds was honored at the Congressional Gold Medal award ceremony at the U.S. Capitol, held to recognize the Civil Air Patrol volunteers who served during World War II. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor the United States Congress can bestow.

In 2008, Mr. Reynolds was inducted into the West Virginia Voter Hall of Fame for having voted in every general election since at least 1942, when records were first kept. In 2006, he was recognized as an Outstanding Alumni by Shepherd University, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the McMurran Society, and the Shepherd University Foundation. In 2004, Mr. Reynolds was recognized as Berkeley County Citizen of the Year for his volunteer efforts to improve the quality of life of the community through his participation in the fields of education, engineering, and aeronautics. Past community activities included serving as local president and state vice president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees); teaching county civil defense courses; chairing the Berkeley County Air Pollution Committee; and serving as chairman of the board of directors of the Martinsburg Rescue Mission. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where he had taught Sunday School and served on the board of trustees.

He is survived by two sons, John Thomas Reynolds, of Martinsburg and Robert Garland Reynolds and wife, Margaret, of St. Pauls, North Carolina; two daughters, Vanda White Stohlman and husband, Robert, of Gaithersburg, Maryland and Ann Reynolds Carden, of Westfield, New York; a stepdaughter, Patsy Cunningham Slonaker, of Inwood; one sister, Ruby Reynolds Burke, of Silver Spring, Maryland; and several grandchildren.

Funeral service were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, with the Rev. Dr. Ken Walker officiating at Trinity United Methodist Church,Martinsburg. Interment was in Rosedale Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Martinsburg Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 843, Martinsburg, WV 25402.

Online condolences may be offered at www.BrownFuneralHomesWV.com