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Reynolds Home With the Lord

Reynolds (middle front) with CCC Board of Directors (1977)
When founder Dr. Arthur Steele came to the Tampa Bay area to start Clearwater Christian College, there was no property, buildings, students, or donors-just a handful of folks back in New Jersey who had promised to support him and his family while he went about the business of starting a Christian college. One tremendous resource in this endeavor were the people in the local church where he and his family chose to worship-Central Bible Church in St. Petersburg, Florida (this church later merged and is known today as Community Bible Baptist Church). From that church came a host of individuals who would partner with Dr. Steele in a number of ways such as signing their names to the incorporation documents, providing their expertise in building design and construction, and giving sacrificially of their time and resources.

Reynolds participating in CCC groundbreaking
One of these individuals was George W. Reynolds. When the Steeles came to Central Bible, Mr. Reynolds was already a well-loved Bible teacher, church elder, and a respected architect in the community. As their friendship grew, George and his family became active supporters of the College. It was George Reynolds whom Dr. Steele approached to design the initial two buildings on campus (Dambach Hall and Emmons Hall-1966), then the College library (1971), and finally Cathcart Hall (1983) which today houses the college administration and cafeteria. In 1970, George became a member of the board of directors. The next year, he was asked to serve as secretary to the board and continued in that capacity until his retirement in 1985. Since the earliest days, George played a crucial part in the founding of Clearwater Christian College as building designer, board member, financial and prayer supporter, and friend.

Reynolds (right) at Founders' Banquet with CCC Founder Dr. Arthur Steele
George was known for his love for the Word of God, tremendous faith in His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and an enthusiastic zeal for life. On February 17, 2012, Mr. Reynolds lost his battle with cancer at the age of 90. Up to his final days on this earth, he displayed a steadfast hope in his eternal salvation and was looking forward to joining the Lord and the many friends and family who had proceeded him to heaven. George leaves behind his wife of 69 years Virginia, son John W. Reynolds, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. He is preceded to glory by his daughter Carol and son Craig.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 22 at 11:00 a.m. at the Starkey Road Baptist Church in Seminole, Florida. For further information on George Reynolds and his funeral service, go to [George Reynolds].