Jeffrey W. Reynolds

September 19, 1951June 20, 2020

Jeffrey W. Reynolds, of Little Rock, passed away on June 20, 2020. Jeffrey was born on September 19, 1951, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jeffrey received his undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University, and graduate degrees from both Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, Katz Business School.

He worked in numerous capacities for North Pittsburgh Telephone Company and ALLTEL Telephone Service Corporation for decades. He was a principal with Reynolds Schultheis Consulting since 2007. Jeffrey was respected nationally for his knowledge of economic, financial and policy issues affecting the telecommunications industry. Among his many contributions, Jeffrey served on committees of the United States Telephone Association and as member of the Board of Directors of the National Exchange Carrier Association. But Jeff, as he was known to colleagues and friends, was more than this expertise. Jeff’s quick wit, intellect and integrity were well known and admired by those fortunate to know him. He was a loving father and grandfather, and he was a one-of-a-kind presence who will be greatly missed but fondly remembered.

Survivors are his daughter, Erin Cowger (Cody) of Rogers; grandson, Bennett Timothy Cowger of Rogers; sister, Janet Guardino (Lou) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; niece, Jennifer Guardino Albert (Michael) of Wilmington, North Carolina; father-in-law, John Perdzock of Conway. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dorothy and George Reynolds and son, Timothy Reynolds.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: • Arkansas Food Bank, 4301 W 65th St, Little Rock, AR 72209 • Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 2600 W Markham St, Little Rock, AR 72205 • Care for Animals, 5516 Kavanaugh Boulevard, Little Rock, AR 72207 A rosary service will be held at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 7000 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, North Little Rock, AR 72116, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 1:00 p.m. Livestreaming of services may be accessed at service time by accessing


  • George Reynolds, Father (deceased)
  • Dorothy Reynolds, Mother (deceased)
  • Timothy Reynolds, Son (deceased)
  • Erin R. Cowger (Cody Cowger), Daughter
  • Bennett Timothy Cowger, Grandson
  • Janet Guardino (Lou Guardino), Sister
  • Jennifer Guardino Albert (Michael Albert), Niece
  • John Perdzock, Father-in-law


  • Rosary

    Saturday, June 27, 2020


  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, June 27, 2020



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Jack Day

June 27, 2020

Jeff was one of a kind and someone you could always connect and feel you didn't miss a step. He was a fine colleague but more than that a friend. He will be missed. I was blessed to know him.

Jan Reimers

June 27, 2020

Jeff was one of the brightest and funniest people I have ever met. We sailed in the Caribbean several times in the late '80s and early '90s and he was a great skipper. That was a good thing, too, because the rest of us were a pretty motley crew. He was a good man and an even better friend. I miss him today, and will miss him for the rest of my life.

Tom Conry

June 26, 2020

Always opened with a "Hey Dude". Got to share work, fun and jokes. We talked of work, bikes, grandkids and old work stories about history. Will miss that sharp wit, small talk, nicknames for every situation and had fond names for people, mostly made fun of himself. Many memories on work trips and great meals filled with humor. Will miss all of those things. Knowing he has found comfort and all the good memories continue to make me smile are what is important.

Trey Judy

June 26, 2020

I don't know what happened at the end of Jeff and Gayle's lives; I only know how incredibly sad it is. I knew Jeff exactly as his obit described him. Sharp wit, great intellect, and kindness is how I will remember him. With Jeff's intelligence, it would be easy to make others feel less than, but he never did. Jeff made everyone feel like they were on his level when few were.

Without Jeff's influence and support, I would not have chosen my career path and I know it is the path God wanted for me. Jeff gave me support, encouragement, and an opportunity. He also gave me friendship and I will miss him. Right now, I can't understand what happened and perhaps I never will. Today, it is just sadness.

Jim Icken

June 26, 2020

If you wanted a friend who was very smart, very reliable and full of wit, Jeff was your man. And now I am without him. And I feel awful. I will miss our phone conversations which covered many topics, often football. I will miss the time we spent together, often in the great outdoors. Our float trip down the Salmon River in Idaho is most memorable. I couldn't have asked for a better tent mate. You worked so hard on your fly fishing and never quite got it. But, like in everything you did in life, you never quit trying. I am sorry that we never went sailing together. I would have liked that. I will miss you dearly. Until we meet again....

Dr. Jeanne Wagner

June 25, 2020

You were always the smartest guy in the room, and for many intense years there when the telecom industry was reorganizing itself, you faced audiences of all kinds in your calm, jocular but effective and persuasive manner. You had the intellect to light a thousand stars but kept them focused and so low key that colleagues, clients and regulators would be thinking of things you’d said long after a meeting, presentation or hearing were over. And to admire you, no less! You were a charmed man, so quietly personable, and humble beyond belief.
I was glad to have known you all these 40 years as an esteemed colleague and more so as a true friend. Your passing is a truly a profound loss.