Day known as recorder of history

Published 11:57pm Saturday, November 13, 2010

Annie Reynolds Day, at the age of 95 years and 3 days, died in her sleep at Park Place Nursing Home on Nov. 4, 2010. She was the wife of the late Hudson Smith Day of Selma who died in 1991. She was the youngest of eight children of Dr. William Jenkins Reynolds, a prominent local dentist, and Mary Douglas Cross Reynolds.

Dr. Reynolds was noted in Selma for his wooden handmade bicycle that he pedaled to his office daily. It is now on display at Old Depot Museum. Annie Day was the last of the Reynolds generation who lived for many years at 613 Alabama Ave. in Selma. Mrs. Day is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law William H. Day and his wife Susan of Kensington, California, Richard R. Day of Selma and Laurence D. Day and his wife Magdalena of Walton, N.Y. Among the many family nieces and nephews surviving are Clifford P. Morrison and Nancy R. Bennett, both of Selma. Her siblings were Louis Baker Reynolds, Olive Hooper Reynolds, Robert Barnwell Reynolds, Benjamin Douglas Reynolds and Rosa Reynolds Morrison. Her brother Bernard Adams Reynolds, known as “Babe”, served for many years as Probate Judge of Dallas County. Her brother William Jenkins Reynolds Jr., “Winkie,” owned and operated the Reynolds Radio and TV Repair Shop in Selma.

Annie Reynolds and Hudson Day were married in 1935 following his graduation from the University of Alabama and her completion of a year at Alabama Woman’s College (now University of Montevallo). For most of her husband’s 37-year career with General Electric they lived in Marblehead, Mass. where she was active in the PTA while their three sons were in school and in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Marblehead. When her husband retired from General Electric in 1972 they moved back to Selma.

Annie Day was active in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and a supporter of many local charities. She greatly enjoyed her role as anonymous donor of library books and supplies to two elementary schools in Selma and also gave hours to gardening due to her love of flowers. Extremely knowledgeable in the history of her family, of Selma and St. Paul’s Church and of Marblehead, she is the co-author of a genealogy book on the Reynolds family history from 1700 until the present time, “Descendants f Benjamin Reynolds and Richard Reynolds of South Carolina.” The first edition was published in 1986 and the second in 2000.

On Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 at memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Paul’s.

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