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PHCC official dies in wreck
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) President Angeline Godwin on Saturday recalled faculty member Cristy Reynolds as being someone who instinctively knew what to do to help her students succeed at learning.
Reynolds, the coordinator of PHCC’s Integrated Advising Testing and Career Center and an adjunct professor for the college, died as a result of a traffic accident Friday in Rockbridge County. She was 37.
Godwin called Reynolds the “architect” of the center. She said Reynolds was extremely devoted to PHCC, having been a student at the college before she started working there.
According to a Virginia State Police report, Reynolds, of Martinsville, was a front seat passenger in a 1988 Honda CRX that crashed shortly after 9 p.m. Friday on Route 501, about 1.5 miles south of Route 130, in Rockbridge County.
A preliminary investigation revealed that the car, operated by Terry Whorley, 32, of Hopkinsville, Ky., was traveling northbound on 501 when it ran off the right side of the road and struck an embankment and then a tree, the report stated.
Police determined that neither Reynolds nor Whorley was wearing a safety belt when the accident occurred, according to the report. Reynolds was pronounced dead at the scene, and Whorley was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment, the report stated.
The investigation is continuing, according to state police spokesman Sgt. Robert Carpentieri.
In 2000, Reynolds earned an associate degree from PHCC before earning a bachelor’s degree in human services counseling/psychology in 2002 from Old Dominion University as well as a master’s degree in occupational and technical education/business and industry training from the university three years later, according to a biography provided by the college.
Reynolds began working for PHCC in 1999 as an office services assistant and then became a case manager for the college’s Workforce Investment Act One-Stop Center. She became the site manager/career development specialist at the Danville Community College Virginia Workforce Center in 2004, but she returned to PHCC a year later as outreach advising specialist. She moved into her most recent role in 2007, her biography shows.
Due to her skills and expertise at advising students, Reynolds was regarded as “THE master adviser” at the college, Godwin said, emphasizing the capital letters, and she trained other advisers.
Reynolds was compassionate with students but also provided them “tough love” when she thought it was necessary to motivate them, Godwin said.
Overall, she said, Reynolds instinctively “knew how to get the most out of students” academically and get them help they needed to be successful at learning.
“She was very focused and driven, a perfectionist in many things,” Godwin added. “When she did something, she did it right.”
Reynolds was recognized as one of PHCC’s distinguished alumni for 2014, said Kris Landrum, the college’s public relations and marketing manager.
According to her biography, Reynolds was an elections official for the city of Martinsville, secretary of the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals, a member of the Martinsville Uptown Revitalization Association and a volunteer with the Henry County Public Schools.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Stanfield-Miller Funeral Home.