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Clara Sybil (Burns) Reynolds

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Descendants of Aubrey Edward Reynolds and Clara Burns

Generation No. 1

 1.  AUBREY EDWARD6 REYNOLDS  (LEONIDAS ERASMUS5, LEONIDAS BASCOM4, HARTWELL STAIN3, HENRY B.2, HENRY1) was born 28 May 1905 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and died 09 Sep 1964 in Searcy, Arkansas.  He married CLARA SYBIL BURNS 30 Aug 1930 in Erie, Pennsylvania, daughter of ROBERT BURNS and EFFIE WALLACE.  She was born 20 Jun 1907 in Providence, Arkansas, and died 13 Nov 1982 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.



Burial: Hollywood Cemetery, Garland Co.

Individule Note: Lived at Hope, Arkansas as a child.


Obituary of Clara Sybil (Burns) Reynolds


The News, March 22, 1979.

Clara S. Reynolds, retired self-employed saleslady, has been notified by "The World Who's Who of Women" that her biography will appear in the fifth edition. She is the daughter of the late Robert and Effie Ruth Wallace Burns of Hot Springs and widow of Aubrey Edward Reynolds of Hot Springs.
Mrs. Reynolds is an active club woman in Hot Springs. Her memberships include Roundtable Poets of Hot Springs, Poets' Roundtable of Arkansas, National Federation of State Poetry Societies; Hot Springs Music Club, National Federation of Music Clubs; Sabina Club of the YWCA; Rebekah Lodge; and Alanons.
In 1977-78 she was treasurer of the Hot Springs Music Club. She served as President of Sabina Club in 1976-77. For sixteen years, she has been active in Alanons and has acted as counselor and program chairman.
Mrs. Reynolds has been a saleslady for Luzier Cosmetics Co., 1932-1936; she has sold for Organic Seafood and Stanleys in the 1950s.
Her poetry has been published in "Poet's Partyline" of THE NEWS. She is included in "Poems by Poets' Roundtable of Arkansas 1979", the anthology of the state poetry organization.
Mrs. Reynolds is a Presbyterian and sang in church choirs in Memphis and Hot Springs. She has performed in Hot Springs Music Club productions.
She married in 1930 in Erie, PA and the couple had five children. They are Mrs. John (Patricia) Reed of Hot Springs, Mrs. Peter (Martha) Henning of Silverhill, AL, Robert Edward Reynolds of Hot Springs, Miss Bonnie Lee Reynolds of Hot Springs, and Aubrey Wilson Reynolds of Benton. There are 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.












Burial: Hollywood Cemetery, Garland Co.

Social Security Number: 175-07-8678



Marriage: 30 Aug 1930, Erie, Pennsylvania

Married By: S. J. Arthur, Minister of The Gospel



2.               i.    PATRICIA ANN8 REYNOLDS, b.1931, Eire, Pennsylvania.

3.              ii.    MARTHA VI REYNOLDS, b. 1937, Eire, Pa..

4.             iii.    ROBERT EDWARD REYNOLDS, b. 1940, Erie, Pennsylvania.

                iv.    BONNIE LEE REYNOLDS, b. 05 Aug 1943, Eire, Pa.; d. 01 Jul 1997, Hot Springs, Arkansas.



Burial: 1997, Hollywood Cemetery, Garland County

Graduation: 25 May 1962, Hot Spring High School, Time  8:00 P.M.


5.              v.    AUBREY WILSON REYNOLDS, b 1949, Union City, Pa..






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 The Hot Springs Sentinel-Record , August 11, 1965.

       Aubrey E. Reynolds and William Rayburn Keel, both of Hot Springs, were among the 53 civilian workers killed in the explosion and flash fire Monday afternoon at the Titan II intercontinental missile site, 10 miles northwest of Searcy.
      Reynolds' body was returned to Hot Springs yesterday by Gross mortuary from Judsonia where it was taken on recovery. Keel's body is at Jackson funeral home in Newport and funeral services for him will be held Thursday in Kentucky.
      The two Hot Springs men, along with the others, were working in the 170-foot deep silo time of the explosion. There were two survivors.
      Reynolds, according to relatives, had been transferred to the missile site from another near Searcy Monday morning. He had been working on the first site for about a week.
      Reynolds' family was informed of the explosion by Leon Storey, 726 Linwood, who was also working in Searcy. The family left for Searcy around 5 o'clock Monday.
      "We couldn't find anything out when we got there," related a son, Robert E. Reynolds, on his return to Hot Springs Tuesday afternoon. "The area was sealed off and we couldn't get close."
The Reynolds family spent the night in Searcy and went to the site early Tuesday morning.

Death Toll 53
In Missile
Site Disaster

THE SENTINEL-RECORD Wednesday, August 11, 1965, By Al Schay

         SEARCY, Ark. (AP) - Air force investigators swarmed the scorched launch tube of a Titan 11 missile complex Tuesday to find the cause of an explosion and fire that killed 53 civilians in the "gun barrel" of America's mightiest ballistic missile.
       The tragedy was the first in the history of the Titan system, which includes 54 complexes that have been fully operational since December 1963.
      "We cannot make any sup-position whatsoever as to the cause of the explosion or fire, said Capt. Douglas Wood, public information officer for Little Rock Air Force Base, which commands the 18 Titan II silos ringing central Arkansas.
       Wood said, the Air Force didn't know at this point what fed the fire.
Air Force personnel, working first in asbestos suits because of heat and later using contained air supplies because of smoke, pulled bodies out of the 155-foot deep launch tube throughout the night
The missile, fully loaded with liquid fuel weighing 150 tons, was in the underground tube but did not burn, Wood said.
      There was no danger of a nuclear explosion, he said, be-cause the warhead had been re-moved while the civilian work-men updated the physical plant of the complex.
About 100 friends, relatives, newsmen and spectators stood in small clusters and talked quietly beside the fence that separated them from the flat, landscaped two acres of land in which the complex is buried.
The Air Force said the explosion occurred at 1:30 p.m. Monday, trapping all but two of the 55 civilian workers inside the silo.
        "These things are not sup-posed to happen," Wood said. "We have many, many safety features. But the fact that it did happen contradicts these safety factors. We're trying to find out what happened."
Seventeen members of a 30- man investigation force arrived here early Tuesday. They include men who experts in every phase of the Titan system, the Air Forces said.
President Johnson order the investigation after learning Monday night that the workmen were unaccounted for and presumed trapped inside the silo.
Wood said," most of the victims suffocated."
        The fire burn less then an hour," he said. "But up to 12 hours later smoke was still billowing in the silo.
The silo is covered at grown level by a 750-ton door, which moves laterally on rails. The door was closed. The increasing amount of smoke forced air out of the silo, and oxygen that remained was consumed by the fire, Wood said.
       "It was nearly an airtight compartment," he said
        Two of the civilians escaped by fleeing through an under-ground tunnel that connects the launch silo, an access room and the control center-the three chambers of every Titan II complex.
One of the survivors, 18-year-old Gary Wayne Lay of Clinton, said he saw the fire flash into the tube. Smoke billowed after it.
       The power failed and, with the huge door above closed, the tube was filled with darkness. Lay said he groped his way around the launch tube until he found the door to the tunnel leading to the access room.
"It was horrible," he said from a hospital bed. "I could hear men screaming and crying. Somebody was yelling 'Help me! God, help me! couldn't see him in the dark.
       Hubert A. Saunders, 59, Conway, the other survive was working above the door to the tunnel when the smoke burst around him. He dropped down and ran into the tunnel he said.
       "The bird (the missile) was the gun barrel and so was I, so I got out of there," Saunders said.
        Lay, a summer laborer on project, suffered burns of head, arms and legs. He listed in satisfactory condition here. Saunders, a paint foreman, suffered smoke inhalation and also was listed in satisfactory condition at the hospital here.

The following article appeared in the Hot Springs News on November 18, 1982.


       Perhaps the word "lady" has a greater meaning in the South than elsewhere in this country. The Southern lady has always been something of an aristocrat. She has also been something of a contradiction, since she could be both genteel and tough, sentimental and realistic, family-oriented and worldly wise. In shorts, the Southern lady, enigma that she is, has always been someone to be admired.
Hot Springs lost just such a lady this week with the death of Clara Burns Reynolds. Those of us who were lucky enough to know her were well aware that we were seeing one of the few who kept the species from becoming extinct.
      Mrs. Reynolds was very much a patron of the arts. She was particularly interested in poetry and in music, and many of her poems have appeared in the poetry column of this newspaper. She also sponsored one of the poetry contests for students, which are held annually.
While she belonged to many organizations, she was more than a "card-carrying member." She was active in the activities of those organizations because she thought that, by contributing her talents, she was benefiting the community as a whole. We extend our sympathy to the members of Mrs. Reynolds' family, and we want them to know that we are grateful for the privilege of having known her.

Author Barbara Peters

Poem by Clara Sybil Burns Reynolds
"Reflection", La Villa News;
Poems by Poets' Roundtable of Arkansas, 1982


Tell me weeping willow,
I will not miss a word,
why do you weep?
You will tell me by and by
what makes you droop your branches.
Is life a burden?
It must be crushing your heart.
Your tears are streaming down
to meet the earth below.
Hark, you say you are crying
because of the crucified Christ,
who died for all sins!

I tell you that God
will send to you His comforter
to lift up your drooping heart.
Your faith will make you whole again.


The article appeared in the Erie, PA newspaper in September, 1930.

        Mrs. E. R. Burns, 815 Malvern Avenue, announces the marriage of her daughter, Clara, to Aubrey Reynolds. The ceremony was solemnized in Erie, PA, Saturday evening, August 30, at 7 o'clock, the pastor of the Baptist church officiating. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Reynolds, of this city. Both Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds are graduates of the local high school and the bride also attended Ouachita college, at Arkadelphia. The groom completed his education at an electrical engineering school in Erie. The couple will reside at 516 East Sixth Street, Erie, PA.


My dad Aubrey Reynolds Road an Indian chief motorcycle from Hot Springs to Pennsylvania some time during the late 20s. He told me that at that time there was very few paved roads, I'm sure especially in Arkansas when he made the trip.
When he was a teenager he became interested in electricity and built one of the first radios in his neighborhood. He made the trip to Erie because of his passion. The General Electric had built a large plant located in the city. Pop also had a very good friend named Tommy Freeman who was from Hot Springs and was the welterweight champion of the world, Tommy's training camp was located in Erie.
He said, "Pop said, When applied for employment at the General Electric and was interviewed for the job, after completing the interview the personnel manager said," I'll review your application and we will give you a call." Pop was determined to go to work and said," You have already decided if you want to hire me would you let me know now. The personnel manager said, "You're hired and gave him a schedule when to report for work."
He become a supervisor and studied electrical engineering and only liked a few credits on completing his degree.




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