William Purvis Reynolds, 81, a retired official with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command and a former vice president of the Alexandria School Board, died of leukemia Dec. 5 at Northern Virginia Doctors Hospital. He lived in Alexandria.

Mr. Reynolds was born in Alexandria and graduated from the old Alexandria High School. He graduated from the old Emerson Institute in Washington and American University.

During the 1920s, he worked for the Department of Agriculture and Southern Railway. He later was employed by the Fruit Growers Express Co. before joining the U.S. Park Service in 1937. He transferred to the Navy Department in 1951. He retired in 1971 as the manager of the materiel technical programs branch of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.

He received the Navy's Distinguished Service Award.

Mr. Reynolds was a member of the Washington Street United Methodist Church, where he was a past chairman of the board, a church school teacher, and president of the cemetery board.

He served on the city school board during the mid-1940s. He was a Mason and a member of Independent Order of Odd Fellows, which presented him with the T.L. Henderson Award for meritorious service.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Bibb Reynolds of Alexandria; a daughter, Joyce R. Thompson of Wilmington, Del., and three grandchildren.