Irvin Hoyt Reynolds was born on July 18, 1920 in Bath County, Kentucky to Stephen Thomas Reynolds, a son of Stephen Marshall and Martha Ellen Boaz Reynolds, and Anna Grace Whaley Reynolds, a daughter of Edward Tolliver Whaley and Nannie Belle Riddle Whaley. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps First Raider Battalion (Edson’s Raiders) in World War II from February 1942 to October 1945. He moved to Upper Marlboro, Maryland (a suburb of Washington D.C.) in 1947 and worked as a mechanic for the Greyhound Bus Company for 39 years, retiring August 1, 1985. He died on April 2, 2006 following a stroke and assorted health problems, in Prince Georges County, Maryland. His ashes were just recently interred at Quantico National Cemetery in Virginia where there is a memorial to the Edson’s Raiders. He was never married and had no children. He was preceded in death by his parents and the following aunts and uncles: James Grafton “Jim” Whaley, John Andrew Whaley, Eva Blanche Carpenter, Espy Hoyt Whaley, Allen Blaine Whaley, Lucian Rigdon Whaley, Jesse Phare Reynolds, Jasper Newton Reynolds, Ida Mae Carpenter, Walter Carl Reynolds, Emmett Reynolds, and Sarah Ann Jones.