TRINITY, TX (KTRE) - The residents of Trinity County are mourning the loss of one of their longest-serving public servants this week.
Trinity County Precinct 3 Constable James Reynolds served in that office for 27 years, right up until his death on May 18 at the age of 91.
Reynolds left quite the resume -- Trinity County Constable, a retired Airman, a former firefighter and employee with the Texas Department of Corrections.
But his loved ones remembered him, first and foremost, as a man who would help anyone he saw.
"Mr. Reynolds was one of the swellest guys you'd ever want to meet," said Hayne Huffman, the chief of the Trinity County Fire Department.
"He's the perfect man anybody could ever know," said his granddaughter, Tina Hollingsworth. "He would do anything in the world for anybody. If you needed something, he was there. You could go to him for anything. I mean, he was just the best man anybody could ever know."
"He taught me a lot, as he taught his other deputy constables a lot. He was a fine man. I've seen him give to a lot of people. He was a giving man. He helped a lot of people, and if you look up the word constable in the dictionary, you see the name James O. Reynolds there," said Deputy Constable Bobby Nicholds, who worked with Reynolds for 17 years.
James Reynolds was in his 27th year as a Trinity County Constable, a duty his colleagues said he took very seriously.
"You'd have thought Mr. Reynolds was probably in his 50s by the way he went to work every day. He didn't miss a day. Just until here recently, he'd go in and out of the nursing home, but the days he wasn't in the nursing home, he was at his office," said Trinity County Precinct 1 Constable Woody Wallace.
"He was always working. No matter if he was sick or not -- he'd end up in the hospital, if he got sick and went into the hospital, the next day he got out of the hospital, he was at the office," said Hollingsworth. "He couldn't stay home, he had to come to the office."
"Mr. Reynolds probably single-handedly collected more hot checks in this county than any other law enforcement. He took his duties very seriously, and he did them. He did them well," Wallace said.
"Like I said, he's a real constable," Nicholds said. "What I liked about his character, too, is he never got upset. He kept his cool, and I've seen him work, and he just did what you're supposed to do."
A constable his friends and family -- and the residents of Trinity County -- will miss for a long time to come.
"Our bond between he and I over the years has been real close," said Huffman. "Next to my dad, he was probably a real father figure. He was 20 years older than I, and he and I had a good relationship."
"I'm definitely going to miss the man," he added. "He was a real, true friend of mine."
James Reynolds will be honored Wednesday night with a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Walter Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity.
His funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. at the River of Life Church in Trinity.