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Reynolds Woolwine

Obituary of Powell Benton Reynolds, Morgantown, West Virginia.

Dr. Powell Benton Reynolds, one of the best-loved citizens of Morgantown and of West Virginia, died at his home there on December 20, 1914. For nearly thirty years Dr. Reynolds was actively connected with the faculty of the West Virginia University, and for thirteen years previous to the beginning of his service he was engaged in teaching and directing the administration of higher institutions of learning. In the period of nearly half a century his life and personality left their impression on thousnads of lives. Men and women to whom he gave instruction, now scattered throughout the United States, will feel a personal loss in his passing.

Dr. Reynolds was the son of James B. and Roxana Shelor Reynolds. He was born in Patrick County, Va., January 9, 1841. He enlisted in the Confederate army in 1861, first in Company D, 5th Kentucky Infantry, and later in Company K, 15th Virginia Infantry. He was captured in the autumn of 1864 and imprisoned at Point Lookout, Md. He was paroled April 19, 1865. After the war Dr. Reynolds was a student in Richmond College, Richmond, Va., from 1865 to 1870. From 1872 to 1884 he was President of Buckner College, Arkansas. In 1885 he went to West Virginia University and there continued in different capacities until his resignation. It was perhaps as chaplain and professor of economics and sociology that he was best known to the hundreds of students of the university.

Dr. Reynolds received the honorary degree of Master of Arts from the university in 1887. The honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity was conferred upon him by Richmond College in 1890. He was an ordained minister of the Baptist Church and for many years was engaged in ministerial work in addition to his teaching.

He was twice married first to Virginia H. Woolwine, of Patrick County, Va., and his second wife, Mrs. Marietta Love Reynolds, of Putnam County, Va., survives him, and also two sons and two daughters, children of the two unions.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, April, 1915.

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