Carolyn Reynolds Parker

Born: Wed., Nov. 28, 1923
Died: Wed., Jul. 24, 2013


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Carolyn Reid Baugh Reynolds Parker of Greensboro, Georgia passed away on July 24, 2013 at Athens Regional Hospital after a long illness. She was born on November 28, 1923 in Greensboro, Georgia to William Harold and Katherine Monfort Baugh. She graduated from Greensboro High School and attended Tift College. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. Afterward she taught school in Greene County until she was considered old enough to join the Red Cross at age 21.

In 1945 she married James Madison Reynolds, Jr. Both having been raised as only children, the couple''s priority was a big family raised in a loving atmosphere. Their home was open to their friends, their children''s friends, and friends of friends. Both Carolyn and Jamie enjoyed the crowds and constant activity. The Reynolds house was a second home to children in the neighborhood and later to their children''s college friends and a number of chance-met characters who enriched their lives. Her stated goal in child rearing was to have "interesting, intelligent children who didn''t smoke cigarettes." And she considered her children her great accomplishment in life.

Jamie Reynolds Jr. passed away in 1979, and in 1987 she married Dr. Lee Parker. They spent many happy years traveling the world. They enjoyed many activities and social events together in the Lake Oconee area. Dr. Parker preceded her in death on September 27, 2012.

In addition to serving as a director of BankSouth for 20 years, Mrs. Parker was a leader in many civic, educational and historic boards. She was a founding member of the Greene County Historical Society and founding member of the Greensboro Cemetery Association. She served on the board of Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and was a trustee for the Madison Morgan Cultural Center. She also belonged to the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Daughters of the American Revolution, and countless other groups.

She was a devoted member of the Church of the Redeemer in Greensboro and spent many happy hours arranging flowers for the church. She also loved arranging flowers for many social and business events. Always gracious with her time, she directed weddings and high school plays.

"Miss" Carolyn was known for her hospitality and graciousness. She co-founded the Plantation Ladies Club at Reynolds Plantation as a way to welcome new residents to the community. She had tremendous influence in the early development of Reynolds Plantation. In fact it has been said that her fingerprints are all over Reynolds Plantation. She oversaw the restoration of the Jackson House which was recognized as the best adaptive use of a historic structure by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation in 1988.

She loved flower gardens and was very knowledgeable about horticulture. She derived much pleasure in her own garden as well as visiting famous gardens throughout the world. She loved the outdoors and enjoyed many happy hours camping on the banks of the Oconee River and Lake Sinclair with Jamie and her children.

Carolyn was interested in history and a great resource to many people looking to find their ancestors in Greene County. She was a voracious reader and loved her "young" friends and the spirited discussions in the Bookworms book club.

Carolyn truly enjoyed life. She tried to make every occasion special for her friends, but she particularly wanted things to be special for her family, the center of her life. She would want her legacy to her grandchildren and great grand children to have the persistence and determination she demonstrated throughout her life and during her last illness. Never give up. Expect more and do your best.

She is survived by daughters Frances Reynolds Strickland and her husband Gentry and Marguerite Reynolds McInteer, sons Jamie Reynolds III and his wife Kathy, and Harold Reynolds and his wife Lesley. Six grandchildren Beth (Bobby) Thomas, Jim (Ellen)Strickland, Bill (Tabi) Strickland, Jamie Reynolds IV, Chandler Reynolds and Jackson Reynolds. She is also survived by eight great grandchildren, Jack Thomas, Will Thomas, Carolyn Strickland, Mary Cate Strickland, Davis Strickland, Amanda Strickland, Ella Strickland and Hal Strickland. She was preceded in death by her son-in-law Troy McInteer.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 26 at 3:00 graveside at the Greensboro City Cemetery. A reception for friends will follow at the Reynolds home at 205 S. East Street in Greensboro. Pallbearers are Ted Baker, Keith Sebade, Jamie Boswell, Ansley Williams, E. B. Baugh, Fred Hunter, Hunter Richards and Jimmy Scott. Donations may be made to the Greensboro City Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 176, Greensboro, GA 30642 or Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Building Maintenance Fund, P.O. Box 93, Greensboro, GA 30642. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.

 

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Marcey Allen
   Posted Wed July 24, 2013
I have so many fond memories as a child living on East St. and playing with Sister. Carolyn was the first person to take me to the county library when it was still in the old school building on Green St. I credit her for my love of books and enjoyment of reading. Blessings to the family.

Jane Cobb
   Posted Wed July 24, 2013
My love, prayers and deepest sympathy. I have enjoyed knowing Miss Carolyn during my 23 years here on Dogwood Dr. She has been such an interesting lady to visit. She will be missed by the whole community. I pray for strength for her family and happy memories in the days ahead. Love, Jane

Terry & Elaine Cantrell
   Posted Wed July 24, 2013
Frances, Jamie, Sister and Harold, Each of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Mrs. Carolyn leaves a legend of memories, such a fine southern lady. She will be missed but always remembered.

Smith Oliver
   Posted Wed July 24, 2013
Carolyn was such a kind hearted person,always extending a smile with much kindness to us kids as we grew up in/around Greensboro. May she Rest in Peace. My sympathy to the family.

Janice Campbell & Elaine C. Carpenter
   Posted Wed July 24, 2013
Frances,Sister, Jamie,Harold and the entire Reynolds family,Elaine & I are so sorry to learn of Miss Carolyn's passing.What a true southern lady that we have admired for many years.Please know that we are thinking of you all at this sad time.Sincerely, Janice&Elaine

Judy Rodgers
   Posted Wed July 24, 2013
We have lost a "True Lady".My heartfelt sympathies to all of the Reynolds family.

Lois & Gene Rotruck
   Posted Wed July 24, 2013
Carolyn was a real sweetheart and we will miss her presence. Our deepest sympathy to all of the family.

Bob Rainwater
   Posted Wed July 24, 2013
She was a beautiful lady and raised a yard full of good children. So sorry for your loss Frances, Jamie, Sister, and Harold Reid.

Dianne Finch Mckinley
   Posted Thu July 25, 2013
the loss of such a kind and beautiful lady is overwhelming---I am so sorry for your loss9

DEBBIE SPANN
   Posted Thu July 25, 2013
So sorry for your loss. Ms. Carolyn was a wonderful lady.

Bonnie Morrison
   Posted Thu July 25, 2013
Jack, JB, and I send our thoughts and love to you all. Miss Carolyn's legacy will be the wonderful family she leaves behind.

Tom & Annette Leach
   Posted Thu July 25, 2013
Our thought and prayer are with your family.

Robert & Annette Dowdy
   Posted Thu July 25, 2013
Our deepest sympathy for your loss.

Vicki Rickard
   Posted Thu July 25, 2013
What a lady of the true Southern vintage. She will be missed. Love and prayers to the family. Vicki

Gloria Fasnacht
   Posted Thu July 25, 2013
Dear Marguerite, I'm so sorry for your immeasurable loss! My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

Bill ,Susan,Virginia and Donald
   Posted Thu July 25, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Lynn Higdon
   Posted Thu July 25, 2013
Sorry for the loss of a great lady who helped define my memories of growing up in Greensboro.

Pat Cameron
   Posted Thu July 25, 2013
All of you Guys had great Mom and she was truly a Southern Lady.The first time I meet her she made me feel like family.Becky and I will have you in our prayer's.I'll be thinking of Carolyn and you Harold over these tough day.She will be missed by many.

David and Barbara Overton
   Posted Thu July 25, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers our with you.

Robert and Rhonda Bradley
   Posted Thu July 25, 2013
Thoughts and prayers are with your precious family.

Emmett and Shirley Caldwell
   Posted Thu July 25, 2013
OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH EACH OF YOU DURING THIS TIME AND IN THE DAYS AND WEEKS TO COME.

Bobby and Caroline Voyles
   Posted Fri July 26, 2013
Thinking of all of you with our sympathy and concern. She had been our friend for many years and she will be missed by us all.

Kim Hill
   Posted Fri July 26, 2013
My heart goes out to the Reynolds family in this time of loss. My prayers are with you.

Kay Ellenberg McClendon
   Posted Fri July 26, 2013
Tom and I are so sorry to hear about your loss. She was a sweet lady, and I know you all will miss her dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Debra and Steven Kringold
   Posted Fri July 26, 2013
When one loses the matriarch of a family like Miss Carolyn, the loss can truly be profound. No one can replace this lovely woman whose footprint extended not only throughout her family, but her comminity and county. She will be sorely missed and never replaced or forgotten. There is an empty space in all of our hearts with her absence, and our heartfelt condolences go to the family of the lovely Miss Carolyn. We are all blessed to have been part of her life.

Ruth Hendrix
   Posted Fri July 26, 2013
Ms.Carolyn forever will be the Southern Lady of Greensboro to me. I always enjoyed visiting and listening to her stories. My condolences go out to all the family members. May she enjoy the Gardens of Heaven, in Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Faye Taylor
   Posted Fri July 26, 2013
Marguerite and Family: James and I are so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a very gracious and kind lady and we know she will be missed by all who had the privilege to know her. May God bless you as we keep you in our prayers.

Victor and Kay Stevvens
   Posted Fri July 26, 2013
Everyone has lost a true Southern Lady who has set high standards for every life she touched.

Dale Temple
   Posted Fri July 26, 2013
Frances, Jamie, Sister and Harold, Thank You for sharing your mother with us. I recall many times "Ms. Carolyn" and I would talk, she would share with me her wisdom and knowledge of flowers. I so enjoyed her stories from the olden days. Thank You and God Bless

Ann Goff
   Posted Fri July 26, 2013
A truly wonderful lady, always fun to talk with. She had some great stories! So glad we had the opportunity to know her. Our deepest sympathy and prayers to her family. Love, Ann & Ed

Ann Wilson
   Posted Fri July 26, 2013
I am sorry for the loss of your loved one. God bless each of you. Ann Wilson

Jessica Boivin
   Posted Fri July 26, 2013
so sorry to hear about Mrs Carolyn , I remeber her from the Salon and she was such a precious lady! my prayers are with the family.

Herb & Jan Thurmond
   Posted Sat July 27, 2013
So very sorry in the loss of Ms Carolyn. We send our prayers to your entire family and so sorry we missed the service.

Mike & Helen Vardas
   Posted Sun July 28, 2013
It was a honor to have known Carolyn. She is one of the last Great Southern Ladies. We loved her stories about Greensboro & it's people. She kept us ladies proper or tried to. We miss her and even now some of her stories make us laugh when we think of her. She was kind to everyone. Our prayers are with the family.

John Hearn
   Posted Mon July 29, 2013
On behalf of our family and Sigma Nu Fraternity, please accept our condolences on the passing of Mrs. Parker - a mother and wife to great Brothers in The Legion of Honor.

kelsey lee
   Posted Mon July 29, 2013
To the family of Carolyn Reynolds Parker, I am sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that God is "near to those that are broken at heart; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves." (Psalm 34;18) With sympathy,

Billy N. Jones
   Posted Tue July 30, 2013
Harold: I was sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. My condolences go to all of your family during this time of loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Bob and Nancy Stevens
   Posted Fri August 02, 2013
We will miss Carolyn so much; she was our introduction to Greensboro and Georgia history when we moved here in 1999, and has been a loving and delightful friend ever since. She and I shared our love of reading and were "sisters" together in Bookworms book club. It's hard to imagine that she is gone

Mike & Vonn Jarrard
   Posted Fri August 02, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family as you go through this sad time. Miss Carolyn was a fine, sweet lady and will be missed greatly.

Tammy H. English
   Posted Tue August 13, 2013
I just saw this and I am so sorry...My thoughts and prayers are with all of you....