May 2, 1919 - August
Published in The Oklahoman on August 16, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY On August
14, after a short battle with leukemia, Paul stepped into eternity. He
was born to Roscoe and Lela Reynolds on May 2, 1919, in Homestead, Florida.
His dad's work with Conoco Oil took the family to Waco, Petersburg, and
Lubbock, Texas. Paul attended school in Petersburg and was the first quarterback
of the Petersburg High School Buffalos in 1937.
With an athletic scholarship to Texas Tech University, Paul graduated
with a business degree and chose to pitch for the Amarillo Goldsocks,
a pro baseball team, for a season.
While attending Tech, Paul met Evra Sturgeon; after their marriage they
moved to San Diego, California, in 1941. Paul worked at Convair Aircraft
as a timekeeper and then took a position at Lemon Grove School District,
a San Diego suburb, as Assistant Superintendent of Business Services.
Paul was a past president of Lemon Grove Kiwanis, and he served on the
San Diego County Planning Commission.
Paul and Erva had two daughters, Beverly and Barbara, and did all they
could to support and love their girls. Paul accepted Jesus Christ as his
personal Savior at a Billy Graham Crusade in San Diego in 1964. His decision
changed his life forever. While serving in church, he held positions of
building chairman, treasurer, and board member over the years.
Paul always loved to laugh. In his later years, he was known to carry
printed jokes in his pocket that he shared with everyone. He remained
active into his 80's with his passion for tennis. Involvement with sports
was a great joy, especially following San Diego teams, and lately the
In 2001, Paul moved to Oklahoma City where he met Opal Marie Smith and
married her on November 30, 2002. Opal has been a great blessing in Paul's
Paul is preceded in death by his parents, Roscoe and Lela Reynolds; his
sister, Ruth Reynolds; and his wife, Erva Reynolds.
He is survived by his wife, Opal Smith Reynolds; daughter, Beverly, and
son-in-law, Larry Hargrave, of Colorado Springs; daughter, Barbi, and
son-in-law, Rev. Harlan Moore, of Oklahoma City; granddaughters, Heather
(Hargrave) Roberts of Tulsa, and Holly (Hargrave) and Blake Jarolim of
Oklahoma City; great-grandchildren, Lavender and Moss Roberts of Tulsa.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be given in memory of Paul Reynolds
to Mission of Mercy (www.missionofmercy.org), or the Swaziland Partnership
through Bethany First Church of the Nazarene (www.swazipartners.org).
Family visitation for Paul will be at the Mercer-Adams Funeral Home, Bethany,
OK, Tuesday, August 16. The family will receive visitors from 7:00-8:30
p.m. Paul's service will be Wednesday, August 17, 10:00 a.m., at Bethany
First Church of the Nazarene, Chapel in the Round. Interment will be at
Greenwood Cemetery, San Diego. To share a memory or condolence, visit