Ap­ril 2, 1920, Atlantic, Iowa.

March 28, 2009, Nash­ville, Ten­nes­see.

Mount Olivet Ce­me­te­ry, Nashville, Tennessee.


Son of George Washington and Ethel Horn Reynolds, and nephew to Isham E. Reynolds, William was educated at Oklahoma Baptist Un­i­ver­si­ty, Shawnee, Oklahoma; Southwest Missouri State College (now Missouri State Un­i­ver­si­ty), Springfield, Missouri (AB 1942); Southwestern Baptist The­o­lo­gi­cal Se­mi­na­ry, Fort Worth, Texas (MSM 1945); North Texas State College (now University of North Texas), Denton, Texas (MM 1946); Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey; and the George Peabody College for Teachers (now part of Vanderbilt Un­i­ver­si­ty), Nashville, Tennessee (EdD 1961). While a student, he was a part time church music director for seven years, then served as minister of music at the First Baptist Church, Ardmore, Oklahoma (1946–47); and the First Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (1947–55).

In 1955, he joined the Church Music Department of the Baptist Sunday School Board in Nashville, Tennessee, rising to department head in 1971. He also served as music director for meetings of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Baptist World Alliance, and the Baptist Youth World Conference. He composed and arranged a variety of sacred music. His works in­clude:

  1. Share His Love
  1. Assam
  2. Clonmel
  3. Cobbs
  4. Denny
  5. El Dorado
  6. For Me
  7. Keegan
  8. McClard
  9. McNeely
  10. Mora Proctor
  11. Paschall
  12. Sims
  13. Sullivan
  14. Washburn
  15. Wondrous Love