Michael B. McReynolds

Friday, March 4, 2016

Michael B. McReynolds lost his courageous battle with cancer Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, with his beloved wife, Ginger, at his side.

Celebration of life will be held in April. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Baylor Neuro-Oncology, in care of Karen Fink, MD, PhD, 3600 Gaston Ave., Suite 100, Dallas, Texas 75246; or the charity of your choice.

Mike was born on June 25, 1944, in Shreveport, La., to John W. and Mary Jane McReynolds, the oldest of nine children. A Vietnam veteran, Mike enlisted in the Army as private in 1961 and rose to the rank of lieutenant before leaving the military to pursue his political science degree at the University of Florida. He remained a diehard Gators fan throughout his life. Mike spent most of his career as an arbitrator for the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. After retiring from government service he continued working in arbitration, and was a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators.

An avid fisherman, Mike was a great two-stepper and a pretty fair shot. One of his greatest joys, though, was working with Ginger on the horse shows she produced. Lovingly referred to as "Mr. Mike," he was a popular ring announcer and received the 2015 Founders Award from the Gulf Coast Hunter Jumper Association.

Mike was preceded in death by his daughters, MaryAnne Jackson and Clair Elaine Redden; grandson, John McReynolds; sister, Barbara Humerickhouse; and both of his parents.

Survivors include, in addition to his wife, stepdaughter, Bailey Thompson; son, Kevin McReynolds and wife, Nancy; grandson, Sean McReynolds; granddaughter, Margaret Redden; brothers, Douglas McReynolds and wife, Tamara, and Christopher McReynolds and wife, Liz; and sisters, Brooke McReynolds, Louise McReynolds, Alice McReynolds, Betsy McReynolds and husband, David Litten, and Rebecca McReynolds and her partner, Maureen Enos.