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Charles Eugene Reynolds

Charles Eugene Reynolds, age 84, passed away Wednesday, August 25, 2021, in Mena, Arkansas. He was born on May 19, 1937, in Bieber, California, to the late B. L. and Thyra (Reeder) Reynolds. 

Mr. Reynolds was a decorated veteran who proudly served in the United States Navy for 26 years, and over his years of service he earned the Nation Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, the Battle “E” Award, the Navy Achievement Medal, the Sixth Good Conduct Award, and he was authorized to wear a Bronze Star. He was stationed in 8 states, and served on 9 ships, the Valley Forge, the Ramsey, the USS Enterprise, the Roark, the Wasp, the Shield, the Lake Champion, the Lexington, and the Roosevelt. 

Mr. Reynolds was an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling, and camping. He was a member of the Dallas Ave. Baptist Church since 1980 and a member of the American Legion, the DAV, and the VFW. 

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Tommy Reynolds, Jerry Reynolds, and Truman Reynolds; sisters, Betty Stott, and Mary Sue McKelvey. He is survived by  his wife, Helen Reynolds; sons, Steven and wife Debbie Reynolds of Gulf Breeze, Florida, Eric and wife Julie Reynolds of Rich Mountain, Arkansas; daughter, Pam and husband Gary York of La Mesa, California; sister, Laverne Beaty of Mena, Arkansas; grandchildren, Garrett and wife Jacque York of Hollywood, California, Holly Reynolds and Connor Reynolds of Las Vegas, Nevada, Cameron and wife Jamie Reynolds of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Catelyn Reynolds of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Cheyenne Reynolds of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Caleb Reynolds, Cade Reynolds, Cavan Reynolds and Casen Reynolds of Mena, Arkansas; great grandchildren, Jasper and Maverick Reynolds of Fort Smith, Arkansas; as well as a host nieces and nephews. 

Services will be held at Beasley-Wood Chapel, in Mena, Arkansas on Tuesday August 31, 2021, at 2:00 p.m., with Brother Justin Leonard officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Interment will follow Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m., at Fort Smith National Cemetery.

Visitation is general. 

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