Thomas Lafayette Reynolds

March 10, 1935November 10, 2020

Graveside services for Thomas Lafayette Reynolds, 85, of Zavalla, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 21, 2020 in the Zavalla Cemetery.

Mr. Reynolds was born March 4, 1935 in Zavalla, Texas, the son of the late Birdie (Parker) and Justice Reynolds. He passed away Tuesday, November 10, 2020 in a Lufkin hospital.

Daddy was an amazing father and all around good person who always put family first. He was an avid storyteller and his version always added lots of color and humor to each and every tale. He was a retired mechanic, heavy equipment operator and all around Mr. Fix-it. He enjoyed hunting and target practicing, spending time with family and friends, sharing stories of his life and family, watching rodeos and old westerns, and loved a good crawfish boil. His favorite phrase was “Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler (Let the Good Times Roll)”.

Survivors include his daughter, Sarah Reynolds of Allen; son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Vickie Reynolds of Zavalla; daughter and son-in-law, Billy and Ruby Crocker of Bronson; sister, Wanda Cole of Zavalla; grandsons, Michael Reynolds of Zavalla and Zac Crocker and fiancé Brittany Riggs; granddaughters, Kristen Wiggins and husband Brad of Lindale, Randa Smith of San Augustine and Shayna Thacker and husband Trea of San Augustine; eight great-grandchildren; and a number of other family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Reynolds was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Hutson Reynolds; son, Michael Bascum Reynolds; sisters, Gladys Young and Doris Lowery; and stepfather, Tom Havard.

Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Reynolds, Bill Crocker, Zac Crocker, Trea Thacker, Charles “Bubba” Oliver and Wiley “Junior” Mott, Jr.

Condolences may be offered at Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home.


  • Sarah Reynolds, Daughter
  • Son and Daughter-in-Law, Billy and Vickie Reynolds
  • Daughter and Son-in-Law, Bill and Ruby Crocker
  • Wanda Cole, Sister
  • Michael Reynolds, Grandson
  • Zac Crocker and fiance Brittany Riggs, Grandson
  • Kristen Wiggins and husband Brad, Granddaughter
  • Randa Smith, Granddaughter
  • Shayna Thacker and husband Trea, Granddaughter
  • Mr. Reynolds was also survived by eight great-grandchildren; and a number of other family members and friends.

    Hewas preceded in death by his wife, Linda Hutson Reynolds; son, Michael Bascum Reynolds; parents, Birdie (Parker) and Justice Reynolds; sisters, Gladys Young and Doris Lowery; and stepfather, Tom Havard.

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  • Michael Reynolds, Honorary
  • Bill Crocker, Honorary
  • Zac Crocker, Honorary
  • Trea Thacker, Honorary
  • Charles "Bubba" Oliver, Honorary
  • Wiley "Junior" Mott, Jr., Honorary


  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, November 21, 2020

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Brad & LaKitia Jackson

November 21, 2020

We the Jackson family are deeply saddened by the loss of Mr. Skeet. We became neighbors with Mr. Skeet about 12 years ago. We had our anxieties about our decision of purchasing property in an town we knew so little about. After meeting Mr. Skeet all of our anxieties disappeared. He immediately embraced us. Mr. Skeet we have a new appreciation for what being “true neighbors” is all about! We thank God for allowing us to cross paths & the time he gave us with you. We appreciate and love you Mr. Skeet! We pray for comfort and peace for the entire family during your time of bereavement.
~ Brad Jackson & Family

Wanda Briley

November 20, 2020

Sarah, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Stanley Mayoski

November 13, 2020

So sorry to hear of your daddy's passing ruby i sure loved skeet hugs and prayer's🙏 my friend he was such a nice man ,i sure loved stopping by to visit with him he always was so funny. listening to his old Cajun music eating crawfish and drinking cold beer me ,him and bull Crawford sure had some fun times along with Lynda and charlsi many fond memories

Janice Craven

November 13, 2020

Best story teller ever! Such a good, kind man. Charles really enjoyed their visits on the porch. We will always remember him .

Becky Shives

November 13, 2020

Skeet was am amazing man. He was always willing to help if a need arises. He was a fun loving Daddy to his wonderful children. He always had a story to tell. I know that he will be sorely missed.
Sarah, Billy, and Ruby sending you love, hugs, and prayers during this time of grief. Love all!

Karen Sinclair-Stubblefield

November 12, 2020

There were so many wonderful memories our family shared with Skeet and your family. Please know how much he was loved and treasured by us.


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