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Martin Lane Reynolds Obituary

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Martin Lane Reynolds

Ridgeland, MS

October 28, 1960 - March 29, 2024

Martin Lane Reynolds Obituary

Martin Lane (“Marty”) Reynolds was born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, on October 28, 1960, to George Albert (“Mickey”) Reynolds and Elizabeth (“Bette”) Reynolds (née Bernhardt). He grew up mostly in central Mississippi, but his family also lived in Louisiana, Indiana, and back in Nebraska during his childhood. Despite these moves, Mickey and Bette raised Marty and his younger sisters Cynthia Rae and Shannon Renee around their aunts and uncles and many cousins in the Reynolds family. When Marty was in school in South Jackson, he met some of his lifelong friends like Randy Bedwell and David Barlow. They loved the outdoors and spent many good times fishing for catfish at the family’s fish camp on the Big Black River in Edwards, Mississippi—a tradition that continues today.


As Marty experienced the 1970s as a teenager, from the big hair to the bellbottoms, he loved getting to know people, playing cards like Booray, drinking beer, telling stories, and laughing. Marty’s youngest sister Jackie was born just after he turned eighteen, and he married his first wife, Becky Hilliard, on his twenty-first birthday. They eventually moved to her hometown of Gainesville, Florida, where they stayed for nearly fifteen years. Marty loved his time in Florida: he rooted for the Gators playing football, spent many weekends at the beaches, and embraced the lifestyle there during the 1980s. They returned to the Jackson area in the mid 1990s, and Marty worked as a head electrician at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. After leaving UMMC, Marty began working in home construction, continuing his trade as an electrician over the course of many years and often doing favors for friends and family who needed help. He spent his free time with his family, which grew to include three nephews, Justin, Noah, and Hunter, and later a niece, Abby.


After being widowed, Marty married Kay Whittington, whom he had known when he was a teenager, and grew to love her adult children Bubba, Brooke, and Jessie as his own. He was soon surrounded by nine grandchildren and eventually six great-grandchildren who adored him and could always count on him for an adventure outside, especially one involving a pool. Marty’s proudest moments included watching them grow up and enjoy being kids. We remember Marty for his loyalty and love of family, sense of humor, and genuinely kindhearted nature. We honor his final request to cast his ashes over the Big Black River at a place he knew and loved since his childhood with his father Mickey and Uncle Bobby and at a time when all the people who loved him gathered: at the Camp around Easter.



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