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John Francis Reynolds Jr

October 23, 1942 May 10, 2021
John Francis  Reynolds Jr
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John Francis Reynolds, Jr, 78 of Prospect, VA died on May 10, 2021. He was born in Everett, Massachusetts on October 23, 1942 to the late John F. Reynolds, Sr and Margaret Eileen Leary Reynolds. He was an educator, writer, traveler, and dear friend to many. He could see potential in his acquaintances and students and was always willing to help in any way he could. Those who knew John well enjoyed his sense of humor and wittiness. Even though he never had children of his own, he was a father to many providing loving guidance and direction when needed. He enjoyed spending free time at his farm, near Featherfin, or playing Mozart on his piano. John led the International Studies program at Longwood University for many years and received countless academic honors and awards for his translation and publication of German works, most notably those of C. F. Gellert. He was a distinguished professor, teaching in Germany and Austria at the university level, the University of Virginia, Colby College, and Longwood University where he retired in 2012. John was an active member of Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society holding several leadership positions over the years.

John is survived by his siblings: Margaret A. Gebhard, Melrose, MA, Emily R. Antonen, Baltimore, MD, Peter J. Reynolds, Wakefield, MA. Three nieces: Margaret E Trant, Stoneham, MA. Lisa J Wallace, Wakefield, MA, Dr. Amy B. Devlin, Reading, MA. One nephew, Leonard D. Gebhard, Wakefield, MA. and numerous grand nieces and nephews.

He is also survived by his extended family: Dorothy Seay, his loving friend and travel companion for 17 years, her children Paul D. Seay (Elise) of Yorktown, Kevin P. Seay (Julie) of Halethorpe, MD, and Susan S. Johnson (Ben) of Farmville; her grandchildren Kristen, Everett, Evelyn, Emily, Ellen, Kate, Harrison, Clay, Carson; and three great grandchildren Jack, Amelia, and Calvin.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 3:00PM in the chapel of Puckett Funeral Home. Family will receive friends beginning at 2:00PM at the funeral home. In honor of John’s kind and generous heart, a memorial contribution may be made to a charity of your choice.

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Visitation

Thursday

13

May

2:00 PM 5/13/2021 2:00:00 PM
Puckett Funeral Home

115 Covington Court
Farmville, VA 23901

Puckett Funeral Home
115 Covington Court Farmville 23901 VA
United States

Service

Thursday

13

May

3:00 PM 5/13/2021 3:00:00 PM
Puckett Funeral Home

115 Covington Court
Farmville, VA 23901

Puckett Funeral Home
115 Covington Court Farmville 23901 VA
United States
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