The Obit For Jim Reynolds

James "Fireball" Reynolds, 90, July 21, 2010

A James A. "Fireball" Reynolds, age 90, of Norfork, Arkansas, passed away Monday, July 19, 2010, at Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House in Mountain Home, Arkansas.

He was born February 5, 1920, in Elizabeth, Arkansas, to James Eddie and Josephine Melton Reynolds.

On April 12, 1946, he married Maxine Sisk in Norfork. Mr. Reynolds was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, taking part in the June 6, 1944 D-Day Invasion of Normandy, France. He fought in the Battle of the Hedgerows, Battle for the Crossroads in Notre Dame de Cenily, France, and in the Battle of the Bulge.

During the war the often orphaned and always hungry children of Europe touched his heart deeply. He said he and his comrades in arms always gave the children their rations and chocolate bars.

Fireball Reynolds was honorably discharged on June 13, 1947, having received five Bronze Stars for campaigns of France, Normandy, Rhineland, Central Europe and Ardenne, and also received the Purple Heart and the Good Conduct Medal.

Mr. Reynolds earned the nickname "Fireball" as a teen-aged substitute pitcher for a city league baseball team. He went on to become a professional baseball player for six minor league baseball teams from 1949-1955, beginning his career with the St. Louis Browns and ending with leagues in West Texas and New Mexico.

In 1958, he moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where he was an iron worker in construction. In 1980, he returned to Norfork where he lived with his wife of 64 years next to the high school baseball fields which bear his name.

He was very involved in the Norfork Baseball Association for Children. Mr. Reynolds was a member of the Ararat Shrine, Scottish Rite and Eastern Star in Kansas City and the Adams Masonic Lodge #164 in Norfork.

He was a life-member of both the Twin Lakes Chapter #30 D.A.V. and V.F.W. Post #7730 in Calico Rock. He enjoyed playing pool and poker.

Survivors are his wife: Maxine Reynolds: of the home; two daughters: Brenda (Michael) Logan and Kelsa Reynolds: all of Norfork; a granddaughter: Kim (David) Shellhouse and two great-grandchildren: Macey and Carter James Shellhouse: all of Orlando, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; one sister and a great-grandson.

Graveside services will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday, July 24, 2010 at Galatia Cemetery with Reverend Doug Huskey officiating.

Military graveside honors will be presented by Alley-White American Legion Post #52 and the Arkansas Army National Guard.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Summer Baseball Boosters c/o Norfork Public Schools, 44 Fireball Lane, Norfork, Arkansas 72658. Arrangements are by Roller Funeral Home.

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