Bainbridge’s ‘First Lady’ Reynolds passes away at 79

Published 5:38 pm Friday, May 22, 2015

After the news of her passing, the City of Bainbridge honored Sug Reynolds with wreaths and a black tulle ribbon on the Willis Park gazebo.

After the news of her passing, the City of Bainbridge honored Sug Reynolds with wreaths and a black tulle ribbon on the Willis Park gazebo.

Funeral services for Martha Griffin “Sug” Reynolds, 79, former First Lady of Bainbridge, who died Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at her residence, were held Friday morning, May 22, 2015 at First Methodist Church.

Sug Reynolds will always be fondly remembered by her many friends who have described her variously as “spunky,” “magnetic,” “determined,” “generous” “energetic, “artist” and “just plan fun.”

Some of those friends shared their memories of times spent with their good friend.

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Charles Tyson: “When Polly and I came to Bainbridge in 1986, her husband, Bill Reynolds was Mayor. He and Sug took us under their wing and made us feel special. Ever since, we’ve been special friends through the years. We traveled together frequently, both on business and pleasure.” What he liked most about Sug was her spirit and her sense of humor. “We picked on each other. I would pick on her and she would give it right back.” He believes she will best be remembered by the fact that she loved the city and wanted to beautify it. “She put her sweat where her heart was,” describing how she got down in the dirt and planted flowers on the square.

Polly Tyson said she became a very close friend of Sug as the Reynolds helped them get introduced around town. She described them as “our kind of people,” with whom they hit it off right away. She recalls Sug started the “Lunch Bunch” when Edward began serving food at the Pharmacy. She and other friends met there with Sug every Tuesday for lunch as their husbands attended Rotary. “She was a real dear friend.”

If she had one word to describe Sug it would be “Spunky.”

Vera Custer grew up in Bainbridge with Sug, but says they really became best friends after their marriages, when they did things together as couples.

She said she will remember Sug most “for the projects she got me into. I was always asked to help her. We decorated buildings at Christmas and we planted flowers everywhere. We both loved to garden.” She said they traveled as couples all over Europe together and she was “just fun.”

The one word she would use to describe her is “determined.” When she got behind something, like the building of the gazebo, she didn’t quit until it was a done deal. She also described her as generous to a fault. “She would do anything for you or anyone else.”

Peggy Simmons became acquainted when she moved to Bainbridge 61 years ago. They instantly became friends. “We have shared wonderful times together as well as sad times, but have always remained good friends.”

She used the word “magnetic” to describe Sug, explaining she drew people to her. “She was our glue. She kept us all together.”

Joyce Leverett is another friend who has great, fun memories of times spent with Sug. She recalls the trips the women friends would make together. One was to Holland to see the tulips, other trips were to Charleston or San Francisco.  “We didn’t wait for the men to go away hunting or fishing. We went when we wanted to.” She described Sug as an organizer who had plenty of energy. She also admired her artistic ability when it came to gardening. “Her yard is a work of art.” She recalls that she helped her husband Bill with everything about the city and her church. When they moved the Chamber of Commerce building to the boat basin, it was Sug and Vera Custer who did the interior decorating. “Her touches are everywhere.”

It is noted that the Lunch Bunch had one final get-together with Sug on Tuesday, May 12, when Lori Shiver of Crave Eatery catered a luncheon at Sug’s home for all her Lunch Bunch friends.

Friday’s funeral service was followed with a private interment at Oak City Cemetery.