Reynol B. Vancil, 1937-2019


Reynol B. Vancil of Mineola passed away peacefully of natural causes, surrounded by loved ones on Dec. 5, 2019. He was 82 years of age.

Reynol was born in Merkel on Oct. 9, 1937 to parents Ruth Love Vancil and Boyce Vancil. He grew up in nearby Noodle on the family farm with his parents and his brother, Waylan.

Reynol graduated from Noodle High School in 1955. After playing basketball on scholarship at Hardin-Simmons University, he transferred to Texas Tech to study architecture. On Aug. 16, 1957, he married Joyce Watson, his high school sweetheart. They celebrated 62 years together as husband and wife at the time of Reynol’s passing. In 1963, he graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor of architecture degree. Joyce and Reynol moved to Seattle, Wash. for a brief time before settling in Dallas where he and partners began the architectural firm Vancil and Associates. In 1969, they started to raise their family when daughter Erin Renee was born. Son Jason McKay followed in 1970.

Reynol always had a strong desire to be his own boss, so in 1979 he and Joyce embarked on a new career path. They opened a Sir Speedy printing franchise in Richardson. They were successful in that business for almost 20 years. They retired in 1998 and moved to East Texas on Lake Holbrook in 1999 to begin the second phase of their lives. Reynol enjoyed gardening, woodturning and birdwatching. He became a Master Gardener and helped design a few projects in the Mineola area. He was also a member of the East Texas Woodturners where he enjoyed learning and honing the craft of turning rough wood into a work of art. He spent many hours in his wood shop making gifts for family and friends.

Reynol had many things he loved, but none could match the love he had for his granddaughter, Maya Grace Covington, who was born in 2007. 

Reynol is survived by his wife, Joyce Vancil (Watson) of Mineola; daughter, Erin Covington of Dallas; son, Jason Vancil of Mineola; granddaughter, Maya Covington; brother, Waylan Vancil and his wife Shirley Vancil; and nephew, Todd Vancil.

The family would like to thank the staff at Autumn Wind Assisted Living in Mineola and Reflections Hospice of Quitman for the loving care Reynol received in his last days.