Kate Gertrude Bitting Reynolds
Birth: Oct. 14, 1867 Winston-Salem -Death: Sep. 23, 1946 Winston-Salem
Kate Gertrude Bitting Reynolds was the daughter of Joseph Anthony and Louisa Phillipina Wilson
Bitting. Kate was married to William Neal Reynolds, a younger brother of R.J. Reynolds, who after R.J.'s
death, was chairman of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Kate and Mr. Will (as he was known), lived on their
estate, Tanglewood Farm, until their deaths. Today, Tanglewood is run by Forsyth County as a public park.
Through provisions in her will, the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust was set up in 1947 with one-fourth of
the income from the Trust to be used for the poor and needy in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, and
three-fourths of the income to be used for charity patients in North Carolina hospitals. In 1989 investors
successfully executed a leveraged buyout of RJR Nabisco. As Mrs. Reynolds had instructed in her will,
virtually all of the Trust's investments at the time were in RJR Nabisco stock. When the Trust sold its RJR
Nabisco holdings, the value of its assets jumped from $129 million to more than $262 Million, substantilly
increasing grantmaking resources. As of August 31, 2005, the Trust's assets were in excess of $533 million.
Mr. Will shared his wife's interest in providing adequate health care for others. In 1902, he gave $115,000
toward the construction of a new hospital and when it opened two years later, it was named the Kate Bitting
Reynolds Memorial Hospital. Three years after its opening, Mr. Will gave another $75,000 to build a 90-bed
addition. Known as the Kate B, it operated until 1970 when it closed and the patients moved to the new
Reynolds Hospital. Through Trusts and Foundations, the Reynolds family have shared their wealth. Kate
and Mr. Will are buried in the older section of Salem Cemetery, known as God's Acre.
Records of Moravian Archives, Vol. XII 1856-1866 page 6737
ROMINGER, JAMES MANSOM born Feb 7, 1829 to John Martin Rominger and Rebecca mn Crater. Died Feb. 12, 1863 [Philadelphia Report: He was a conscript, and was
brought home from a hospital in Virginia in a distressed condition.]
June 19 1862
ROMINGER, REBECCA mn Crater, born Apr 6, 1789. Married to John Martin Rominger. Died June 19, 1862
People’s Press--Nov. 1 1877--RIGHTS, Matilda Elizabeth: aged 10 months and 18 days, daughter of Rev. Theodore M. and Hannah W. Rights, Oct. 3, 1877, at the Moravian
mission, New Spring Place, Cherokee Nation.
People’s Press--Mar. 25, 1880--RUEDE, Mrs. Caroline: consort of Henry Ruede, formerly of Salem, March 19, 1880 in Hope Indiana.
People’s Press-- July 22 1880 and Aug. 5, 1880: REICH, Henry Augustus: the oldest son of Robert and Maria (Sides) Reich, May 16,1880, in the Chickasaw Nation, after being
waylaid and shot on the previous day by a Mexican and two Indians while returning from Caddo. He was born Nov. 27, 1844 in Forsyth County, NC and in 1850 his parents removed
to Texas and settled near what is now Farmersville. The deceased married Miss Mary Warden on May 23, 1866, and had four children. Five years after their marriage he moved
into the Chickasaw Nation and settled at Old Fort Washita. There he engaged in farming and trading in horses and cattle. He also was postmaster at the fort and had the contract to
carry the mail from Caddo, on the railroad, to his home, twenty-five miles. His age was 36 years, 5 months, and 19 days. He was temporarily buried at Caddo by the Masons and
Odd Fellows. It was his wish that his remains be finally brought and laid beside his mother in the family burying ground on the old farm where his early years were spent, and that
request will be carried out. His widow and children are now living in Farmersville, where a house has been bought for them.
People’s Press-- Apr 10, 1890; tribute of respect Apr 24, 1890: RIKE (Reich), Robert E.: aged 69, a native of Forsyth County and a brother of A.N. Reich, living near Salem, March
29, 1890, in Farmersville, Texas, after a lingering illness. “Uncle Bob,” as he was familiarly known by everyone in the Salem vicinity, moved to Collin County (Texas) in 1849 and was
counted among its first settlers. He moved from the Old North State, going overland with his family. His remains were buried with Masonic honors at the family graveyard near the old
home, three miles west of Farmersville, and the funeral procession was one of the largest in the history of the town.
People’s Press--Jan 15,1891; --RIGHTS, Rev. C.L.:aged 70 years, 6 months, and 17 days, late president of the Board of Elders in the Southern Province of the Moravian Church
and pastor of the congregation at Kernersville, Jan. 9, 1891, at Tahlequah, Cherokee Nation, in his room, while asleep in his chair, of heart disease. Rev. Rights and lady were on a
visit to the mission stations in the Cherokee Nation, where a son and son-in-law labor as missionaries. At first his usual health attended him and he enjoyed his visit among the
Indians, as our readers well knew from his interesting letters. Latterly,however, his health failed him, although no immediate danger was apprehended until the day of his death.
Thus he died, as he wished, working in the Lord’s vineyards. His early life was spent working in the printing offices in Greensboro and Salisbury. In Salisbury he married Miss E.B.
Hughes and moved to Salem, where for several years he worked in Kernersville. His remains were interred at Spring Place, one of the Moravian mission stations in the Cherokee
Nation, Indian Territory. His remains were brought to Kernersville on Feb. 5, 1892. (Other obits:Jan 22, 1891; Mar 19, 1891; Feb 11, 1892)
People’s Press--Nov. 12, 1891--REICH, Owen A.: aged 66, Oct. 26, 1891 at Bonham, Texas, after a protracted illness. Mr. Reich was a native of Forsyth County and a brother of
A.N. REICH of this vicinity. He was highly respected and was buried with Masonic honors.
July 7, 1894 - The funeral of Sr. Elizabeth Balfour Rights, mn Hughes, widow of the late Rev. C.L. Rights was conducted from the Kernersville church by Bishop Rondthaler and
the pastor on the 7th of July. The interment was on the Kernersville graveyard. She was born at Salisbury, NC on Nov 11, 1822. She was united in marriage with the late Bro.
Christian Lewis Rights on Sept 5, 1842. She served with her beloved husband for 9 years at Friedland, for 11 years at Friedberg, for 9 years at Bethania, and for 17 years at
Kernersville. In 1890 she accompanied her husband to the Indian Territory, where, on Jan. 9, 1891, he suddenly entered into his rest. On her return our dear sister still continued to
reside in Kernersville. Her spirit was evidently ripening in patience, humility and kindness for its eternal home. Into this she was received, after a brief illness, on Friday July 6, 1894
at the age of 71 years, 7 months and 25 days.
(The Wachovia Moravian Newspaper)
Sept 25, 1895 - At Salem, JOHN RUSSELL, infant son of Mr. John O. and Mrs. Adelaide L. Robinson, mn Miller, aged 2 months and 17 days.(The Wachovia Moravian
Mar 5, 1897 - At Friedland, NC - Mr. Henry Elwood Robbins--On March 6th, the remains of Bro. Elwood Robbins were laid to rest. In connection with his duties as a member of
Friedland, Bro. Robbins had preached several times for the congregation. (The Wachovia Moravian Newspaper)
1906-1907- Moody's Death Records; Moody's Funeral Home, Mt. Airy, NC
Nellie H Rector, B W Rector, Typhoid, 29 Oct, 16Y3M17D Salem Cem, Winston-Salem NC
Feb 22?, 1900- UNION REPUBLICAN - Near Danbury, NC recently, Mrs. Adaline Rierson, at an advanced age.
July 23, 1903-UNION REPUBLICAN -
Wm. Roark, a farmer living near Apple Grove, was found dead a short time since under a rock near his home with a rope tied around his neck and one end tied to a bush above the
rock. He had been despondent for some time and had threatened to end his life.
Oct. 15, 1915 - Charlotte Daily Observer-- Winston-Salem, Oct. 14 - Mrs. W.P. Reid, wife of the Southern Railway agent here, died at her home this morning at 1 o'clock, after an
illness lasting for more than a year. The body will be taken to Turbeville, Va., near South Boston, tomorrow for burial. Mrs. Reid was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and
was held in high esteem by scores of warm friends. Surviving besides the husband are, her mother, two brothers, Mr. L.P. Wilkins of Sanford and Mr. W.W. Wilkins of Turbeville, Va.,
and one sister, Mrs. J.G. Bruce of Culpeper, Va.
Richard Joshua Reynolds Obituary- 1853-1918-- Richard Joshua Reynolds, was born on Jun. 20, 1853 in Critz, Patrick County Virginia son of Harden William and Nancy
Cox Reynolds, was educated at Emory and Henry College in VA and the Bryant and Stratton Business College in Baltimore, MD. He sold his share of the family business in 1874
and moved south to start his own tobacco company in Winston, NC. He made his first major product "Plug Tobacco" in the "little red factory", a wooden, two-story building at the
corner of Chestnut and Depot Street. He also made two other famous products, Prince Albert pipe tobacco and Camel cigarettes. He developed real estate and held political offices,
including a term as city commissioner in 1884. In 1905, he married Mary Katharine Smith. They once lived at 666 West 5th Street, where all 4 of their children were born. They
moved to Reynolds Village, the week before Christmas, 1917, where R. J. lived six more months, dying on July. 29, 1918 from cancer. He is buried in the Salem Cemetery in Winston-
Salem Forsyth County North Carolina
Walter Robert Reynolds Information-- 1866-1921-Walter Robert Reynolds was born on November 1, 1866 in Patrick County Virginia, Son of Hardin Williams and Nancy Cox
Reynolds He died on March 6, 1921 in Winston-Salem Forsyth County North Carolina. He is buried at the Salem Cemetery in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina Note:.
Brother of Richard.Joshua Reynolds. (Note: Shown in some records as Robert Walter Reynolds.)
Zachary Smith Reynolds Obituary- 1911-1932-- Z. "Smith" Reynolds was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in November, 1911, to tobacco magnate, Richard Joshua
Reynolds and his wife Katherine Smith Reynolds. Smith Reynolds attended Woodberry Forest School in Orange, Virginia. He was an aviation enthusiast, who undoubtedly would
have made a name for himself in that field...had he lived longer. Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem is named in his honor. Smith died July 6th, 1932 under mysterious
circumstances. He died from a gunshot wound to the head...while staying at the family estate, "Reynolda." His wife, actress/singer Libby Holman was indicted for his murder, but the
charges were dropped by the Reynolds family. A great portion of Smith's Estate was used as the "core" for the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation which has contributed many millions of
dollars to worthy causes in North Carolina. Burial Salem Cemetery Winston-Salem Forsyth County North Carolina R.J. Reynolds Family Plot
Winston-Salem Journal, July 11, 1936
"Mrs. Richardson called by Death"
Mrs Jane Richardson, 64, wife of William Richardson, passed away last night at 7:20 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. N.J. Contos,123 North Cherry Street. She had
been ill for sometime, and her condition had been critical for one week.
Mrs. Richardson was born in Stokes County, a daughter of James and Martha Gatewood. She had resided in this city for the past 30 years, coming here from Virginia. She was a
member of the Primitive Baptist Church. Her daughter, Mrs. Contos, is the wife of owner of The Sweetland. Surviving are the husband; three daughters, Mrs N. J. Contos, of this city;
Mrs. Susie Conde, of New York; and Mrs Mattie Wright, of Patrick County, Va; one son, Joe Richardson, of Mayodan; several grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Will Martin, of
Chicago. The funeral will be held at Vogler's Chapel Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock. Dr. C. W. Bates will conduct the serves. Burial will follow in Salem Cemetary."
Aug. 7, 1939- [WSJ] - ROUSH BABY DIES SUNDAY AFTERNOON
Jean Elizabeth Roush, age three days, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Roush, Rural Hall, died at a local hospital at 2:40 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The funeral will be
conducted at the graveside in Forsyth Memorial Park at 2 o'clock this afternoon. Rev. J.J. Langston will be in charge.
The mother before marriage was Miss Doris L. Frye. They were married August 19, 1938. Survivors include the parents and grandparents.
July 16, 1939 [WSJ]- PATRICIA ANN ROBBINS DIES AT HOSPITAL HERE
Patricia Ann Robbins, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Robbins, died at a local hospital at 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Mrs. Robbins, before marriage, was Miss Louise
M. Hill. The parents survive. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.
Feb 24, 1939 : Note made in scrapbook that Belle H. & Evelyn J. Rominger was removed from New Eden Graveyard and interred in Forsyth Memorial Park - plots 216-217
WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL Jan 1, 1944
REID, David Settle: Funeral for David Settle Reid, 96, of Bethania Road, will be held this afternoon at 5 o'clock at the home. Dr. Ralph Herring and Elder O.J. Denny will officiate
and burial will be in Forsyth Memorial Park.
Active pallbearers will be R.W. Newsom, L.E. Martin, R.L. Burgin, C.F. Benbow, C.E. Scott, William Conrad, D.E. Clinard, and W.D. Thomas. Honorary pallbearers will be H.E. Fries,
R.A. Spaugh, Dr. S.F. Pfohl, John M. Taylor, George Clinard, James M. Lentz, Bishop J.K. Pfohl, W.L. Teague, H.R. Starbuck, J.J. Ingle, Thomas Barber, Oscar Mickey, T.B. Vick, Dr.
W.J. Hughes, J.S.Kuykendall, B.N. Sullivan, Dr. Howard E. Rondthaler and members of the board of deacons of First Baptist Church.Mr. Reid died Thursday afternoon.
[NOTE: Mr. Reid was believed to have been the last Confederate soldier in Forsyth County. His wife, Allie Gooch Reid was a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
See their photo and Mr. Reid's 1938 interview.]
KATE GERTRUDE BITTING REYNOLDS: 1867-1946
Kate Gertrude Bitting Reynolds was born on Oct. 14, 1867 in Forsyth County North Carolina the daughter of Joseph Anthony and Louisa Phillipina Wilson Bitting. Kate was
married to William Neal Reynolds, a younger brother of R.J. Reynolds, who after R.J.'s death, was chairman of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Kate and Mr. Will (as he was known),
lived on their estate, Tanglewood Farm, until their deaths. Today, Tanglewood is run by Forsyth County as a public park. Through provisions in her will, the Kate B. Reynolds
Charitable Trust was set up in 1947 with one-fourth of the income from the Trust to be used for the poor and needy in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, and three-fourths of the
income to be used for charity patients in North Carolina hospitals. In 1989 investors successfully executed a leveraged buyout of RJR Nabisco. As Mrs. Reynolds had instructed in
her will, virtually all of the Trust's investments at the time were in RJR Nabisco stock. When the Trust sold its RJR Nabisco holdings, the value of its assets jumped from $129 million to
more than $262 Million, substantilly increasing grant making resources. As of August 31, 2005, the Trust's assets were in excess of $533 million. Mr. Will shared his wife's interest in
providing adequate health care for others. In 1902, he gave $115,000 toward the construction of a new hospital and when it opened two years later, it was named the Kate Bitting
Reynolds Memorial Hospital. Three years after its opening, Mr. Will gave another $75,000 to build a 90-bed addition. Known as the Kate B, it operated until 1970 when it closed and
the patients moved to the new Reynolds Hospital. Through Trusts and Foundations, the Reynolds family have shared their wealth. Kate died on Sep. 23, 1946 Forsyth County North
Carolina and is buried in the older section of Salem Cemetery, known as God's Acre.
WS Journal 10/01/1978
Mr. Jay George Robbins, 55, of 2219 Pisgah Church Road, died Friday evening( note: 29 Sept 1978) at Baptist Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday at
Pisgah United Methodist church. Burial will be in the church cemetary. Mr. Robbins was born in Forsyth County to Arthur E. and Velna Elliott Robbins. He was a member of Pisgah
United Methodist Church, a veteran of World War II, and an employee of Container Corporation of America. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Faith Parker Robbins of the home, one
daughter, Mrs Brenda Robbins Raker of Winston-Salem; two sons, Mark Daniel Robbins of Winston-Salem, and Bradley Craig Robbins of the home, three sisters, Mrs. Nellie
Motsinger of Winston-Salem, Mrs. Flavel Stanley and Mrs. Helen Stigall both of Kernesville, four brothers, Clint Eugene Robbins and Thurman Robbins both of Winston-Salem,
Gilmer Robbins and Raymond Robbins both of Kernersville, one grandson, Keith Raker.
William Neal Reynolds II Obituary:1940-2009
REYNOLDS WINSTON-SALEM - William Neal Reynolds II died peacefully of natural causes on Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 at Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital in
Winston-Salem, NC. Mr. Reynolds was born January 27th, 1940, in Winston-Salem, NC and raised at Devotion, NC and in Winston-Salem, NC. Mr. Reynolds is predeceased by his
parents, Richard Joshua Reynolds, Jr. and Elizabeth McCaw Dillard Reynolds, and four brothers, Richard Joshua Reynolds III, John Dillard Reynolds, Zachary Taylor
Reynolds, and Michael Randolph Reynolds. He is survived by his wife of forty years, Sandra Reid Reynolds of the home. Additional survivors include his daughter Brook
Elizabeth Reynolds of Atlanta, GA, and his son William Noah Reynolds of Winston-Salem, NC. Other surviving relatives of Mr. Reynolds are his brother Patrick Cleveland
Reynolds of Brentwood, CA, his sister Irene Sabina Reynolds of Emmetten, Switzerland, his nieces Lee Reynolds and Kathryn Reynolds, and his nephew John Reynolds. Mr.
Reynolds was educated in public schools and graduated from NC State University with a degree in Engineering and Applied Mathematics in 1961. He served in the Coast Guard and
was instrumental in founding Forsyth Country Day School in Lewisville, NC. He was a member of the NC Fisheries Commission and the Tanglewood Board, and also provided support
for the students in the Neurology Department of the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at WFU Baptist Hospital by creating an award for outstanding achievement in neurology. His
sincere love of nature was most profoundly expressed in his efforts to preserve the Mitchell River, which is one of the few remaining outstanding resource waters in NC, and in his
creation of The Ecology Wildlife Foundation, whose mission is to promote ways for living in harmony with nature by supporting various NC charities that encourage environmental
conservation and education. There will be a memorial service for family and close friends at The Reynolds Homestead in Critz, VA on Saturday, February 21st, at 2:00 p.m. with
Pastor Lewis Devlin officiating. Mr. Reynolds loved his mountain home at Devotion, NC, where he taught his family to appreciate the truth and beauty of the natural world. In lieu of
flowers and in honor of his love of nature, please consider making a donation in his name to one of the following charities: Dan River Basin Association, 413 Church St., Suite 401,
Eden, NC 27288-3243; Carolinas Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation, "All for Carolinas Chapter", One Oak Plaza, Suite 308, Asheville, NC 28801; Director of
Undergraduate & Graduate Programs, Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Programs, NC State University, Campus Box 7646, Raleigh, NC 27695; or Surry Community College
Foundation, 630 South Main St., Dobson, NC 27017-8432. Salem Funeral & Cremation Service is assisting the Reynolds family.