Services for Nancy Charlene Reynolds, 85, of Brownfield will be held at 2pm Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Brownfield Church of Christ with Bo Shero and Marcelino Banda assisting.
Visitation will be from 6pm to 8pm Sunday May 8, 2016 at Brownfield Funeral Home.
Charlene passed away Friday, May 6, 2016 in Lubbock. She was born on April 20, 1931 to W. E. Barnes and Lura Lee Gilley Barnes in Irene. She attended Meadow and Ropes schools. Charlene married Bob Reynolds September 11, 1948 in Ropesville. They moved to Brownfield in 1975. Charlene worked at Collins Department Store and Raybon Realtors. Everybody loved Charlene and she loved everybody. She is preceded in death by her parents, W.E. and Lura Lee Barnes, and her daughter, Shirley Ellison.
Charlene is survived by her husband, Bob Reynolds, of Brownfield; daughter, Sue Williamson and husband, Johnny, of Littlefield; son, Scott Reynolds and wife, Deborah, of Midland; 8 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and brother, Jack Barnes and wife, Shirley, of Midland.
Christmas’ were always so special for her. Every member of the family was invited and she knew the favorite dishes of each. Beginning several days in advance the specialty items were crafted in her own special way and by the time everyone was there, the refrigerator was literally bulging at the seams with a feast to meet everyone’s taste. What happy times (and the day after… Mexican food!)
The cardinal Christmas plate and the red candles along with other red and green decorations would quickly be put away after dessert was served and Charlene would bring in the Mexican Train (dominos, that is). She loved to play…never to win, just to delight in the laughter and love around the table. But, come to think of it, she did sort-of rub it in if she won and you lost. With a twinkle in her eye she’d record the scores and say “and bringing up the cows tail….”
Gratitude was such a part of her person. A son-in-law that fixed a lamp or helped with the Christmas lights was remembered year after year no matter what was fixed or helped in the subsequent years. The one who fixed the washing machine or the heating system would receive her accolades as long as she had breath. Her grandchildren (and great) were distinctive jewels in her crown that she wore proudly wherever she went. What joy she received with their hugs.
I’ve only seen her cry a few times. When her children were in pain or she felt they put themselves in harm’s way. She cried and she prayed. Her prayers reached to your soul, filled with tears and humility, if ever I would want someone to pray for me, it would be Charlene Reynolds. I know God heard.
But even though the family was precious, her sons-in-law great, and her grand and greats wonderful, there was still only one who filled her heart completely…Bob. You can look as far as you can go, people high and low and in-between and never find a wife more submissive to and happy with her husband. I believe with her dying breath she was thinking of what she might do for Bob. She adored him and clung to him with a love so fierce it was astounding! What an example for us. Underneath it all ran the Spirit of God.
All the fruits were there…kindness, goodness, mercy, love, compassion, joy and all. Not just for the family, but for her friends at church, the kids in her classes, the poor in the community. There are a lot of paintings of Jesus, but you’ll never find a truer image of Him than in the life of Charlene Reynolds. We celebrate that life and rest in the hope of resurrection that her Lord and Savior provides for us all.
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