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Bainbridge remembers former mayor

July 25, 2006

Bainbridge - The city of Bainbridge paused to remember former mayor Bill Reynolds, who died Sunday after a battle with cancer.

Tuesday, members of the community that Reynolds loved packed a church for a service to remember the man who devoted much of his life to serving the public.

City workers lined Shotwell Street to pay their final respects to the man who lead Bainbridge for nearly 30 years. Many remembered former mayor Bill Reynolds with the same fondness he had for the city.

 "Outstanding in every way," said retired City Employee Jim Blalock. "Everybody I think, everybody I know, liked him and appreciated what he did for Bainbridge."

Flags were lowered to half staff in memory of the man who is said to have changed Bainbridge for the better.

"He invented the concept of Bainbridge Public safety where we're both police and fire, and he really believed in that," said Bainbridge Public Safety Major Walter Landrum.

Words from his son during the service best sum up Reynolds' lasting impression on the community. Many considered it a fitting tribute.

"He compared him to a tall Evergreen Pine with deep roots in the south and reaching, you know he was just such a great spirit," said Former Bainbridge Pharmacy employee Dit Albritton. 

A spirit that devoted nearly 40 years of his life to his beloved community and will long be remembered.

"You can't replace him, you can fill his position, but you can't replace him," said Bainbridge Public Works Director Tommy King.

While he was a businessman, councilman, and mayor many will remember Bill Reynolds as much more than a devoted public servant, but as a friend.

During Reynolds time as mayor, he also served on several state associations. In 1988, he received the state's most prestigious award given to an elected official for service on the state and local level.

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