Robert G. Reynolds
Robert G. Reynolds
April 03, 1931December 16, 2018
Mr. Robert G. Reynolds, age 87 of Jonesboro passed away December 16, 2018.
Robert Grier Reynolds grew up working on a 300 acre dairy farm near Millen, GA. Robert spent 4 years in the Navy as an electrician during the Korean War. Robert was introduced to his wife, Katherine, by a Catholic priest after she had traveled from her home in South Africa to study nursing. They bought a dairy farm near Monroe, GA and started a family. Eventually they moved closer to Atlanta and Robert began a trucking business, which he did for 40 years. Their first son was born with cerebral palsy and developmental disability. That inspired Robert and Kathy to work tirelessly as advocates for people with developmental disabilities. Robert was a pioneer, builder, founder of The Arc of Clayton County, which serves special needs children, adults and their families. Robert also served for many years as president of the Clayton Center Community Service Board, which provides services for Clayton County residents with developmental disabilities. Robert was a devout Catholic and served in the Knights of Columbus and as a Minister of Hospitality at St. Phillip Benizi Catholic Church in Jonesboro for four decades. Robert was also an organic farmer and gardener from the early 60's. Robert was an avid reader, lover of classical and folk music and a passionate steward of the earth. Robert lovingly cared for his son, John, at home for the past 57 years. He was also a devoted father to his daughter's Ann and Claire. He is survived by his daughters, Ann and Claire Reynolds, his son, John Reynolds, his son-in-law David Conrad, and his 2 grandson's John and Michael Conrad. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 21, 2018 at St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church with Fr. Vincent Gluc, OFM Conv. officiating. Interment will be held at a later date at Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GA. The family will receive friends 5 p.m.7 p.m. Thursday, December 20, 2018 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to : The ARC of Clayton County, P. O. Box 667 Jonesboro, GA 30237-0667. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Jonesboro/Stockbridge 770-210-2700. www.fordstewartfuneralhome.com