Patty Reynolds Morrison

April 9, 1928February 4, 2021

Patty Elizabeth Reynolds Morrison passed away February 4, 2021. Born in the community of McDowell, West Virginia, on April 9, 1928, she was the youngest of seven children born to Jettie and Nib Reynolds. Patty’s siblings, all of whom predeceased her, were Carlyne Bowles, Mable Keith, Margaret Reed, Amogene Belcher, Jack Reynolds, and June Cochran. They were close as children and remained so throughout their lives. The Reynolds clan was always eager to take a trip, and Patty and several siblings often traveled together, usually with a gaggle of spouses, children, grandchildren, and an extra niece or nephew along for the ride. From favorite spots like Myrtle Beach and Cherokee, NC, to other destinations near and far, Patty loved to go places.

Living in Martinsville VA, Patty spent her working life cooking. From running the bus station lunch counter to the cafeteria at Pannill Knitting to the Downtown Luncheonette to her final decade managing food services for the Martinsville City Jail, there are probably few people over 40 that have ever lived in the area that she hasn’t fed at least once. Despite repeated efforts, she never thought her biscuits were as good as her mother’s, but she had many delicious meals in her culinary repertoire, and her fried chicken was a favorite among family members and restaurant patrons. Though she most frequently cared for others by feeding them, she was uniquely kind and generous to loved ones and strangers alike. Patty was known for speaking her mind, and nobody was ever in doubt where they stood with her, but her extraordinary compassion and willingness to give whatever she had to help someone else was also a hallmark for everyone who knew her. Patty worked hard all her life and was a woman of modest financial means, but always prioritized the needs of others above her own. She was the best friend you could ask for. Always quick to laugh, non-judgmental, unfailingly honest and loyal, Patty was one of a kind. The strongest woman many of her loved ones have ever known, her determination (which on occasion might have been called stubbornness), independence, self-reliance, work ethic, and perennial passion for life, even to her last day, buoyed everyone who loved her.

Patty is survived by three sons, Larry, Dennis and Dean Morrison, granddaughters Victoria Morrison Dunwoody and Kym Morrison, great granddaughters Emma and Claire Dunwoody, and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Patty was laid to rest at Roselawn Memorial Park on February 6, 2021.


  • Martinsville-Henry County SPCA


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Jeffrey Belcher

February 9, 2021

I want to express my condolences to Dean, Larry and Dennis on the passing of your mom. She was always so very nice to me growing up in Martinsville and that is something you remember forever.

I wish you and your families all the best during this trying time.

Sandra Chappell

February 6, 2021

Dennis & Molly Jo, please know that you are in my thoughts &'s always so sad to lose your mother..there will never be another like her...may your many sweet memories comfort you during this time of loss..Love, hugs & blessings..

Jeannie Blaisdell

February 6, 2021

Dean, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's death. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Rusty Reynolds

February 5, 2021

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family at the time of this loss. Patty was one in a million . All the sisters and brother are now together again I n God’s promised land