James A. Reynolds

December 19, 1938 - September 22, 2012

12/19/1938 - 09/22/2012

Virginia Beach – James A. Reynolds, 73, passed away on September 22, 2012. He was born in 1938 to the late Woodrow and Mary Reynolds in North Carolina. Master Chief “Padeye” spent 30 years in the US Navy. He then started Reynolds Trucking and later E Trucking LLC. Mr. Reynolds enjoyed ballroom dancing, golfing, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his grandsons; Evan Gilbert, Coleman and Ethan Bonney, and Christian Reynolds. Left to cherish his memory are his children; Georgia Bonney and her husband Raymond of Virginia Beach, and James S. Reynolds and his wife Deisy of Houston Texas, a sister Frances Ball and her husband Doug of North Carolina, four nieces, as well as long time friends; Norman and Manuela Engel of NJ. He is preceded in death by his loving wife of more than thirty years; Maria Celeste Reynolds, and a brother Brooks Reynolds. A visitation will be held in the Altmeyer Funeral Home- Southside Chapel 5792 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 on Saturday September 29, 2012 from 5:00-7:00 pm a funeral service will be held on Sunday September 30, 2012 at 11:00 am. Burial will conclude services in Albert G. Horton Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Suffolk VA on Monday Oct. 1, 2012 at 11:00 am. Please visit altmeyer.com to express condolences to the family.

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kyle yoder
7 years ago

All of Master Chief “Padeye” family members have my condolences at this hard time. He was a great Chief. Thank you for sharing him with me and the rest of VF-32.

Dale & Carolyn Hines
7 years ago

Condolences to Georgia and family. We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

brian heath
7 years ago

Fair well to a Gypsy brother VF-32. my deepest sympathies to his family

Greg Reichert AMH1 USN R
7 years ago

Fair Winds & Following Seas, Master Chief Reynolds .

Tim & Kimberly Simms
7 years ago

Fair winds and following seas fellow Gypsy Swordsman. God bless.

Thomas Thompson
7 years ago

Fair winds and following seas Master Chief Padeye..

Charles J Kamer
7 years ago

Farewell Old Friend… smooth sailing…I learned alot from this man. Served with him in VF101/171 and then again in VF-32 when he transfered to Cag-3… When he was there he sent me on almost all Dets that came up, I was happy to do them and then he had me TAD to Cag as the flightdeck coorinator on the USS JFK my last Med cruise in 88-89. I will miss you shipmate…

7 years ago

GA,Sorry for the lost of your best friend.Im forever yours.

Will Gilbert
7 years ago

George, God love him,your dad set the standard for hard work. He had a tremendous influence on my life and helped us both raising Evan with positive reinforcement. I am sure that your mom has her hombre back and that makes me smile.I know you feel the same.

Pamela Elder
7 years ago


I am saddened by your father’s passing. He was so loved and respected. I hope you can find peace in the wonderful life he lived. I will always have fond memories of the times we spent with him.

Barry&Paula DuVall
7 years ago

Georgia, Ray, Coleman, Ethan and Evan – Both our hearts hurt for each of you and for the grief you are going through, we love you all very much.

Joan da Silva
7 years ago

Georgia, there are no words to express how sorry I am to hear about you Dad’s passing. Jim was a very special friend to our family while living in Norfolk. He was the most kindest, gentle man with a heart bigger than himself…..he put everyone ahead of himself. I will never forget him!I was so looking forward to seeing him again in 2014…he had planned to make another visit. Keith is very sadden too and passes on his condolences. God bless him and may he rest in peace!

Matt Matunas
7 years ago

I didn’t know Jim personally but he was a fellow CPO and that’s all that matters. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family during this difficult time, God Bless.

Doug & Frances Ball
7 years ago

I do not have the words to describe the love this great man had for his children, grand children, brothers and sister. We will miss him. He enjoyed life and was just a wonderful person to be around. We enjoyed his company. We noticed how he especially loved his grandchildren, that says so much for him. And the respect shown from his friends in the Navy and how he helped them has left a memory I will never forget. James or Auburn as he is known in the family will be in our hearts forever and we will meet again “On THe Other SIde” Doug & Frances

Tim Johnson
7 years ago

I had both the honor and privledge of serving with “Padeye” Master Chief Reynolds with VF-32 Gypsy Swordsmen. Fair winds and following seas Gypsy Brother. You will always be remembered. My deepest sympathies are extended to his entire family.

Ronald Gagnon
7 years ago

I have so many fond memories of working with Master Chief James A. “Padeye” Reynolds! He taught me so very much! Me was a great mentor! Saw him only once post-Navy, and it was great to see him! He had a positive influence on so many people. He will be missed. Rest in Peace, shipmate! We’ll see you again in Maintenance Control of the Great Phantom Squadron that God has!

Jerome Smith
7 years ago

I never met Master Chief Reynolds, however he is a fellow veteran and a former Gypsy. VF-32 Swordsmen I read about his passing via the NAS Oceana page on Facebook. Please accept my condolences and prayers for your family.

Patrick McGinn, ATC AW, USN, Ret.
7 years ago

I served with Master Chief Reynold, “Padeye” in VF-32. Eternal, fair winds and follwoing seas shipmate!

Christopher Guilbault
7 years ago

I worked the line in VF-32 when Master Chief Reynolds was working up at CAG-3 in 1986,Learned alot from him. Rest in peace Master Chief you will be missed.

Vince Carr
7 years ago

I worked under MasterChief in VF-32,

He was a strong and knowledgeable man.

It was my honor to work under him.

I send my deepest condolences to his family


Mary Soles
7 years ago

I’m hardly ever at a loss for words but my favorite poem says it all, as far as the way you lived your life and the way you wished others lived theirs, we will miss you.Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,

gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking

so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.

It is not just in some; it is in everyone.

And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give

other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our fear,

our presence automatically liberates others.

Love Always , Frances, Fran, Pam, Susie. Angie and Doug.

Dalyn Dunn; VF-32 Gypsy Brother
7 years ago

It saddened my heart to hear that a fellow Gypsy has passed. May GOD be with the Reynolds family during this difficult time. Thank you “Padeye” for the believing in us, your Gypsy Brothers. You never let us down no matter what the adversity.

Tim Prater
7 years ago

It was an honor to have served with Master Chief Reynolds! My thoughts and prayers are with the family in this difficult time.

Bill & Darlene Miller
7 years ago

It’s amazing how one single life has touched so many. We were so blessed to have had Jimmy as our friend.

Georgia & Scott…may you find comfort in your memories and know your Dad is watching over you all.

Coleman Bonney
7 years ago

Jim or better known to me as “Poppy” was truly one of the greats. A man who got his greatest joys from seeing others have joy no matter what the effort or cost, no matter if it was his closest family member or a total stranger. I am deeply saddened by his loss and want my entire family to know I love them and that together we will overcome this tragedy.

Terri Colby Barr
7 years ago

Jim was a gentleman and a gentle man…someone I’ve known for over 35 years. He was, as was Celeste, a part of not only my but also of all of my childrens’ lives; they both were loving and caring of all of us. Although our phone calls were infrequent we always kept in touch even after so many years. He was so proud of his family and watched over and looked to protect them with unconditional love. I consider it a privilege to have known him. I’m so very saddened by his passing.

AQ2 Mike Mullen VF-32
7 years ago

Many great memories of this man. I know that myself along w/ many others learned a lot about real leadership skills from the Master Chief. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

John Weaver
7 years ago

Master Chief “PADEYE” god bless see you in the next world.

John Lawler
7 years ago

Master Chief Reynolds and I worked together in VF-32 in the early 1980s when he was a CPO and I was a LT. He was one of those great people who knew how to treat the men who worked for him and I admired him greatly. I learned a lot from “Padeye” although I never would have called him by his great nickname. Rest in peace.

mike blackburn
7 years ago

Master chief Reynolds was allways very helpful and knowledgeable

buster and grace Rhodes
7 years ago

May GOD be with the Reynolds family during this the loss of james. Our prayer are with each and everyone of the family.God has called home another great servant to join loved one who have since departed.

Kory Mehrer
7 years ago

My condolences go out to your family. I served with Masterchief Padeye Reynolds in VF-32, back in the late ’80s.

Mike Callahan
7 years ago

My first MCPO he taught me if you get up you might make a mistake the key is keep getting up. I have never forgot that.

Stewart Magid
7 years ago

My most sincere condolences to the Master Chief’s family. Rest easy Master Chief.

Chris Arredondo, HMCS USN
7 years ago

My prayers and condolences are with James’ family and friends. May you find comfort in all the great memories he left behind. Sincerely,

Tim & Melissa Caplinger
7 years ago

My wife Melissa and I send our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Masterchief Reynolds, he was my 1st Masterchief when I was assigned to VF-32 in 1985, may god welcome another hero into his heavens to watch over us as we live on in his memory, We ask god to wrap his loving arms around the family and friends of a wonderful family man father and grandfather to ease your pain for your loss.

7 years ago

RIP “GYPSY” Brother..

AMCS ret Michael Tancredi
7 years ago

RIP Padeye. You were there at my beginning and kept me just enough between the lines that I didn’t get into trouble. You might not have known it, but you are one of those Master Chiefs who got me where I am today. You’ll be sorely missed. Fair winds and Following Seas Brother.

Scott Derrick
7 years ago

So sorry to hear that Master Chief had passed. I can’t say enough about him. He was an awesome leader and example to me as a young Navy Airman in VF-32. I know others that served under him will echo my sentiments. Fair Winds and Following Seas Master Chief!

Stu Morgan
7 years ago

The F-14 Tomcat world has lost another ICON. Fair Winds and Following Seas Shipmate

Stu Morgan

AZCM Ken Mrnak
7 years ago

The Master Chief taught me so much . He embodied leadership and will be sorely missed. May you rest in peace shipmate.

Tony Hill CWO4 USN ret
7 years ago

Too many great memories to list, Padeye taught me a lot and I have always treasured his friendship and leadership. RIP Shipmate.

Jim & Jo Ball
7 years ago

We offer our condolences to the Reynolds family and our dear sister-in-law, Fances, for their loss. We had only met James once, and that was at the loss of Brook, whom we knew and loved. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. God bless and keep all of you under his care during this time of grief. Jim and Jo

Rhonda Tedder Terhune
7 years ago

Words cannot even begin to express the sadness in my heavy heart this day. May the memories of his happy spirit and wit give you strength in the upcoming days and may the love of our Father surround you, lift you up and give you peace during this time of grief.