Burt Reynolds’ ex-wife Loni Anderson and son honor the actor with ‘intimate’ Florida service

Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson during 17th Annual People’s Choice Awards at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

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Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds has continued to be honored by friends and family after his death.

On Thursday, the actor, the ex-wife Loni Anderson, and his son, Quinton Anderson, held an “intimate” service to remember the actor at Howard-Quattlebaum Funeral Home in North Palm Beach, Florida, a representative for both Loni and Quinton Anderson told Fox News.

The private Celebration of Life service was attended by approximately 80 guests and featured speeches from family and people close to the actor who influenced his life.

Bobby Bowden, former football coach at Reyonold the alma mater, Florida State University, opened the service with a prayer, and a shared heart-warming stories of the famous heartthrob’s football days.

Following Bowden, Anderson spoke about her ex-husband and shared personal stories and poignant memories of the 12 years she spent with Reynolds.

Anderson introduced her and reynold’s son, and called him “our greatest collaboration.” Quinton took the word and spoke highly of his loving father, and remembered the days that they spent together.

Quinton and his mother spoke to Fox News just hours after the famous actor died at the age of 82 of cardiac arrest on 6 September.

Reynolds pictured with his son Quinton in 2005.

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“Quinton and I are very touched by the huge outpouring of love and support from friends and family all over the world,” Anderson said in a statement. “Burt was a great director and actor. He was a big part of my life for twelve years, and Quinton’s father for thirty years. We will miss him and his great smile.”

Reynolds wed Anderson in 1988. The couple, who adopted Quinton, married for six years before calling it quits in 1994.

Notable guests at the Celebration of Life service included, Lee Corso, Reynolds’ longtime friend and Florida State University roommate, as well as famous quarterback Doug Flutie, who started with the Chicago Bears.

Fox News’ Mariah Haas contributed to this report.

You can find Morgan M. Evans on Twitter @themizfactor.

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