Albert "AJ" Jesse Reno Jr.

Monday, February 23, 1925 - Sunday, March 1, 2020

In Honor and Remembrance

Photo of Albert "AJ" Jesse Reno Jr. - 1925-2020

Canton- During the late evening of Sunday, March 1, 2020, Albert Jesse Reno, Jr. left this life with his family by his side only a week after celebrating his 95th birthday. AJ will be deeply missed by his family and the friends he made throughout his life.

Albert was born February 23, 1925 to the late Albert and Goldie Plemmons Reno. Being a lifelong resident of Haywood County, he had graduated from Canton High School. He continued his education at Brevard College where he received his Associate Degree. AJ proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War ll. He later married the love of his life, Margaret Robinson, and were blessed four children, Jimmy, Robin, Annette, and Johnny.  AJ was employed as a maintenance electrician at the Champion Paper Mill for 43 dedicated years.  He enjoyed playing many sports including football at Brevard College, softball for the Champion Fastpitch Team for many years, bowling on several leagues, and during his later years he enjoyed playing golf with his lifelong Champion co-workers and friends.

Albert was an active member of Canton Central United Methodist Church for many years, helping with the Men’s Fellowship Breakfasts and being a resource for any maintenance needs at the church. AJ made certain that the church services were broadcast on WPTL radio station each Sunday morning. He was a devoted father, husband, and friend to all that knew him. AJ and Margaret loved spending time with their dear friends where they enjoyed wonderful music and dancing. He will always be remembered as a sweet caring man who would help anyone in need. AJ will also be remembered as a loving “Papaw” to his precious grandchildren, Brian, Anna, Corey and Katie.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Robinson Reno; loving devoted son, Jimmy; and also his son-in-law, Tom Barry.

Surviving are his daughter-in-law, Connie Reno and son, Brian of Raleigh; daughters, Robin Barry of Waynesville and Annette Reno Haag and husband Roger of Columbus, Wisconsin, and their daughter and son-in-law, Anna and Collin Hormig of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; and a son, Johnny Reno and his wife Dana of Candler and their children, Corey and Katie. Also surviving are his sisters, Betty Lee Shepard and Joann Latimer and her husband Ben. 

The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the caregivers who gave exceptional care to Albert and Margaret at their home, and also special thanks to the wonderful staff at Silver Bluff for their compassion and dedication to Albert.

Memorial gifts may be made in AJ’s memory to The SECU Center for MemoryCare at 100 Far Horizons Lane Asheville, NC 28803.

The Renos invite family and dear friends to join them for a Celebration of Life gathering to honor and remember the lives of AJ and Margaret, and their son, Jimmy. This will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Thursday, March, 5, 2020 at The Milltown Place, a division of Crawford / Ray, 51 Main Street in downtown Canton.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the family of Albert Jesse Reno, Jr.

Condolences from family and friends

So sorry to hear this. AJ and Margaret were both special people and I know you will miss them both. My thoughts and prayers are with you all
Margaret Burnette Taylor
Sorry to hear about AJ he and Margaret were good friends through the years we spent many Saturday nights enjoying meals love and prayers
Sybil Breece
Dear Family, It was with sadness that I learned of AJ's passing. I know that he will certainly be missed by each of you. You have been blessed with two wonderful parents, and I know that you will carry many precious, wonderful memories of your family. With sincere sympathy, Sharon Byers Conner
Sharon Byers Conner
So sorry. God be with you and your family. LOVE FOREVER
Alex Sloan
So sorry to hear this will be praying for you all in this time of loss
Kenneth medford
Reno kids: I have such fond memories of long years ago when your folks were good friends with my folks and we all did lots of things together. Your mom was so pretty and soft spoken and your dad seemed gentle and kind. My heart is with you as you deal with missing them.
Cathy Hall Walsh
So sorry to hear of AJ passing. He and Margaret were very Special couple. I'm sure he will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers will be with all the family. May God Bless you all!
Betty Y Henderson
A good man has passed in eternal life. A dedicated member of the Snug Harbor Retirees group for many years. My thoughts and prayers are with your sweet family.
Juanita Dixon
So very sorry to learn of your father's passing. Mother and Daddy thought a great of your parents and I enjoyed growing up within walking distance of your house. With deepest sympathy and condolences.
Deb Williams
Johnny and Reno Family So sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Reno. My prayers and thoughts are with you all during this difficult time..
David Hicks
To all the family ; My prayers to each of you for peace. May God wrap his arms around you during this time.
Pam Ledford
Annette and Johnny, So sorry to learn of your Dad's passing. I know you have many many memories which will be a comfort to you later on. Praying for your families.
Janie Cox
Robin, Annette, and Johnny, I'm so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. AJ and your mom were very sweet people and I always enjoyed taking with them when we were neighbors. Prayers for all of you.
Denny Haley
We are sad to hear this news. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Alfie and Cynthia
Cynthia and Alan Burnette
I am so sorry to hear of AJ passing. Oh my at the times we were at your house growing up and how much fun we had. Sending prayers for you all that God may bring you peace at this time. Brenda Edwards Gaddis.
Brenda Gaddis
So sorry for your dear family's loss. I loved your parents, as did my mother.
Lisa Devlin Patten