Gulf Breeze, Florida - Chester Allan Reynolds passed away on September 16, 2023, at the Bay Breeze Senior Living and Rehabilitation Center after a valiant battle with a prolonged illness. He was 80 years old.
Allan was preceded in death and now in eternal embrace with his mother and father, Chester and Joyce Reynolds, and a grandson, Taylor Boswell, brother in law Gene Childress,mother in law Margie Williams and father in law James Williams.
Survivors include his wife, Jamie, a sister, Cleta (Thad) Quarles, daughters Lyn (Bill) McCarty, Cherie Cummins, Cari Reynolds, and sons, Thomas (Crystal) Creekmore and Christopher Reynolds as well as 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren, sister in Law Vickie Bryant (Steve), and a host of nieces and nephews.
Allan was born in Meridian, Mississippi on January 14, 1943. After graduating from Meridian High School, Allan’s life's journey took him through several relocations before he and his family eventually settled in Cleveland, Mississippi. It was in Cleveland that he planted deep roots and embarked on a lifelong mission that endeared him to the hearts of many.
For 40 years, Allan was the proud owner of "Allan's Shoes". It was more than just a mere shoe store; it was a symbol of his unwavering commitment to the community. Allan understood the importance of a good pair of shoes, especially for school-going children. His generosity knew no bounds, as he ensured that every child, regardless of their financial circumstances, had access to quality footwear. His legacy of compassion and kindness will continue to walk with those whose lives he touched.
Allan's love for water sports was as boundless as his generosity. He was a member of the Benoit Outing Club and spent countless summers with his family on Lake Whittington. After retiring to Florida, he found peace and solace in the rhythmic waves and endless horizons of the Gulf of Mexico.
Allan leaves behind a legacy of compassion, selflessness, and a deep-rooted love for family. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and the community he served so faithfully.
Services to celebrate Allan's life will be held at the Cleveland Funeral Home, 3463 West Highway 8, Cleveland, MS on September 29th. Visitation will begin at 11:00 am and a Celebration of Life Service will follow at noon. Burial will be the following day, Saturday September 30, at 2:00 pm at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, 7774 MS-39 North in Meridian, MS.
Pallbearers are; Chet Norton, Ed Pollan, Eric Pollan, Dan Williams, Fisher Thompson, Leighton Thompson, Steve Bryant, and James Forbes. Honorary Pallbearers are; Thad Quarls, Bill McCarty, Louis Jackson, and Allen Nohsey Jr.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either the Familial Dysautonomia Foundation (http://www.familialdysautonomia.org) or the Dysautonomia Youth Network of America, Inc. (http://www.dynakids.org)
May Allan's memory forever be a source of inspiration to all.