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Funeral services for Billy Jack Reynolds 93, of LaRue have been scheduled for 2:00 P.M. Thursday September 17, 2020 at LaRue Baptist Church with Rev. Josh Wilkins and Rev. Olin Boles officiating under the direction of Autry’s Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.
Billy Jack passed away Saturday September 12, 2020 in Tyler.
Burial will follow at LaRue Cemetery.
Billy Jack was born on August 18, 1927 in Van Zandt County to the late John Thomas Reynolds and Ethel E. Bates. Billy grew up in Henderson County between Athens and Eustace in the Stockard Community. He graduated from Athens High School and then joined the United States Army Airforce during World War II. He had administrative skills that placed him stateside service until his discharge from the newly formed United States Airforce. Billy married a young lady from Athens, Texas whom he had known from his school days, Margarette Ann. They were married on June 7, 1952 and began raising their family in Houston, Texas. He was employed by Humble Oil Company for 38 years. He worked his way up to a Landman position and retired from what is now known as Exxon Company, USA. He worked in Houston, Tyler, and Dallas during his time with Exxon. Billy loved His Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He was an active member of a Baptist church wherever he lived. He taught Sunday school, loved babies in the Nursery and served as a Deacon and anywhere else he was needed until his health began to fail. Upon his retirement, Billy and Ann built a home and moved to LaRue, Texas to a quiet, peaceful hilltop. There he spent his time raising cows and hay, gardening, swinging on porch swings, and hosting family visits and reunions. He was a proud to carry the Reynolds name and enjoyed getting to know his cousins in the New York and LaRue area. His grandchildren know this place as PawPaws house and fondly remember “Cow Rides”, otherwise known as tractor rides, out in the cow pasture during family reunions. For a country boy, turned city man, he returned to the country where he was a well-liked, respected, friendly part of his community. He will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched, especially, his wife of 68 years, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Ethel Reynolds, his son David Walter Reynolds, grandsons Jordan Dale Winkler and John David Reynolds. Also, his sisters Vesta Lee Hogue, Fern Dixon, Faye Umphress and his brother J.L. Reynolds.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years Margarette Ann Hughes Reynolds of LaRue, Texas. Two daughters, Lenora Ann Winkler and husband Steve of Tuttle, Oklahoma, and Laura Jane Oncken and husband John of Columbus, Texas. Two sons, John Hughes Reynolds and wife Valerie of Huffman, Texas and Bradley Jay Reynolds of Abilene, Texas. Six grandchildren, Leah Reynolds Kesseler, Rachel Oncken Phillips, Breynna Winkler Dalrymple, Sarah Dianne Oncken, Kaitlyn Rose Reynolds, and Jacob Stewart Reynolds. And 4 great-grandchildren, Madison Reynolds, William Phillips, Samuel Phillips, and Jordyn Dalrymple.
Pallbearers will be James Lee Reynolds, Kevin Reynolds, Billy Joe Hughes, Mike Hughes, Jeff Shumate and Wesley Hughes.
Visitation for family and friends will be held Wednesday evening from 2-8 P.M. at the funeral home.
The family requests that you please wear a mask or facial covering.

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