Obituaries for Tues., May 2, 2017

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Ottis Ferrell Reynolds

Mr. Ottis Ferrell Reynolds, age 86, of Andalusia, passed away on Mon., May 01, 2017, at his residence.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wed., May 3, from West Highland Baptist Church with Brother Larry Stewart officiating the service. Interment will follow in Andalusia Memorial Cemetery. He will lie in state 30 minutes prior to services at the church. A visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 5:30-8 p.m. at Foreman Funeral Home.

Ottis was born on Oct. 13, 1930, in Blakely, Ga., and moved to Red Level, Ala., at the age of 9. He graduated in 1947 from Red Level High School when he was 16 years old. Following high school, he attended Andalusia Business College and earned his business school diploma. He worked at the Alatex in Andalusia, Ala., for 41 years when he retired early die to the closing of the plant. He continued to work for another 10 years at Henderson Sewing Machine Company in Andalusia where he retired for a second time. He was also in the auto parts business for 18 years and owned several other businesses through the years. He was a lifetime member of the Andalusia Rescue Squad, as well as the Andalusia Civitan Club and volunteered many hours serving others. Anyone who knew Ottis knows that he never met a stranger and would talk to and help anyone in need. In addition, he was a member of the Andalusia Historical Society and a faithful member of West Highland Baptist Church for the past 67 years, where he served as deacon for 17 years.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Reynolds of Andalusia; sons and daughter-in-law, Mike Reynolds of McComb, Miss., Bob Reynolds of Andalusia, and Chris and Maleia Reynolds of Skipperville, Ala.; daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Richard Johns of Red Level; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will include Bill Hamiter, Richard Howell, Jimmy Lassiter, Ricky Lowery, Lester O’Neal, Bill Rabren, Marty Wacaster, and Brian Earnest.

The family will accept flowers or memorials may be made in his honor to West Highland Baptist Church or the Andalusia Historical Society.

A special thank you to all those who loved and cared for Ottis during his time of illness, and much gratitude to Comfort Care Hospice for their loving care.

Those unable to attend the services may sign the guest registry online at