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Posted on: May 26, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Charleston Police Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Chief Luther T. Reynolds

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For Release: Thursday, May 26, 2023

 Charleston Police Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Chief Luther T. Reynolds 

Charleston, S.C. – The public is invited to attend a visitation and celebration of life honoring the distinguished service and legacy of Charleston Police Chief Luther T. Reynolds. Chief Reynolds’ family will receive visitors on May 28, 2023, from 3-6 p.m. at McAlister-Smith Funeral Home located at 2501 Bees Ferry Road, Charleston, SC 29414. A procession from McAlister-Smith will follow on May 30, 2023, beginning at 10 a.m. and escorting Chief Reynolds to the celebration of life at 11 a.m. at Seacoast Church located at 750 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464.

Citizens, friends, and colleagues may attend the visitation to pay their respects and offer condolences to Chief

Reynolds’ family. Media representatives are requested to respect the privacy of the family during this solemn occasion.

The celebration of life will honor Chief Reynolds and his extraordinary contributions to law enforcement and the Charleston community. The event will feature speeches, readings, and musical performances in remembrance of his life and accomplishments. For anyone unable to attend, a live stream will be here:

Members of the media are kindly requested to refer to the attachment for additional details on the timeline, designated staging areas, and contact information for both events to facilitate a smooth and efficient process.

Officers will escort Chief Reynolds from McAlister-Smith Funeral Home to Seacoast Church ahead of the celebration of life. Road closures will begin May 30, 2023, at 9:45 a.m. The procession will commence at 10 a.m., and community members are invited to offer their support and respect by lining the sides of the procession route. A map is attached.

Charleston Police Department and the Reynolds family extend their sincere gratitude for the support and condolences received during this difficult time. Luther Reynolds will be fondly remembered as a kind and compassionate man with an unwavering commitment to his family and community.


Pastor John Suratt, Seacoast Community Church Lowcountry Voices Choir

Luke Reynolds, son of Luther Reynolds

Carolyn Murray, News Anchor, and Podcast Host Paul Francisco, Musician

Mark Reynolds, brother of Luther Reynolds

Chief David Gillespie, Melbourne Police Department,


Chief Marcus Jones, Montgomery County Police Department, MD

Chief Tom Manger, United States Capitol Police Deputy Chief Dustin Thompson, Charleston Police Department

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg Pastor Raymond Scheck

Quiana Parler, Musician

Montgomery County Pipes and Drums Corps Charleston Police Department Honor Guard Montgomery County Police Department Honor Guard Lowcountry Honor Guards

WHAT:           Visitation, Procession, and Celebration of Life Honoring Chief Luther T. Reynolds

WHERE:        McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, 2501 Bees Ferry Road, Charleston, SC 29414 | Seacoast Community Church, 750 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

WHEN:           3-6 p.m. on Sunday, May 28, 2023, | 10 a.m. procession; 11 a.m. service on Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Committed to Truth, Transparency, and Timeliness Lt. C. Taylor ● Sgt. E. Wolfsen ● Insp. Michael Gillooly ● DMC Brianna Simmons ● Sgt. C. DuBose Facebook: Charleston Police Department ● Twitter: @charlestonpd ● Instagram: @charlestonpolicedepartment

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