Birders all over Alabama are mourning the passing of Dick Reynolds, who died on June 8 after a long and gallant battle with Parkinson’s Disease (see obituary below). Dick was an outstanding birder and field trip leader, especially in the Guntersville area. He was also an active member of AOS, and attended many AOS meetings with his wife, Linda, who served as AOS President from 2009 to 2011.
Richard Allen Reynolds of Guntersville lost his 17-year battle with Parkinson’s disease on June 8, 2020. Richard was a physicist and aerospace engineer with the U.S. Army Missile Command in Huntsville for over 30 years. Born in Rolling Fork, MS in 1935, he was the only child of Duncan Allen and Kathleen Sharp Reynolds. He is survived by his wife, Linda Bickham Reynolds and four children; Dawn McCarver, Michelle Reynolds (Bob), Guy Reynolds (Shay), Bo Reynolds (Karen), and three grandchildren; Michael Palmer Reynolds, Addison Griffitts, and Maren Reynolds. Richard was a scuba diver, bicyclist, hiker, runner, swimmer, and tennis player. He climbed Mt. Whitney at the age of 57 on one of his many business trips to California. He volunteered for many years at the Lake Guntersville State Park. He laid out the Tom Bevill trail, led field trips for Eagle Weekends, and led the effort to refurbish the Cutchenmine Trail in the 1970’s. He was a lifelong learner, becoming an authority on birds, wildflowers, and was pursuing a degree in Biology prior to contracting Parkinson’s. There will be no formal funeral services, however, there will be a celebration of life to be announced at a later date. The family would like to thank Dr. Stephen Henderson and Nurse Practitioner Nancy Seamans for their care and caregivers Keisha Albright and Lyndsae Edwards for exceptional services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alabama Ornithological Society, Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries, or the Guntersville Public Library.