Jerry L. Reed, March 26, 1953~January 20, 2016

ReedJerry L. Reed, 62, of Fayetteville died Jan. 20, 2016 in Hero’s Haven in the Fayetteville V.A. Hospital. Reed was a sports writer and editor his entire professional life. Reed worked for newspapers all over Texas and Northwest Arkansas. He was known as much for his sense of humor as his extensive knowledge of sports history. He ended his career working at The Northwest Arkansas Times and The Morning News.
Reed was born March 26, 1953 in a little house on the Prairie Grove, as he always said. He moved to Texas and graduated in 1971 from J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson. He attended the University of Arkansas and was a walk-on baseball player for Coach Norm DeBriyn who was starting his 33 years with the Razorbacks. Reed said he was the first of Coach Debriyn’s players to be drafted, but not by Major League Baseball. Drafted into the U.S. Army, Reed served from 1972 to 1974, mainly at Fort Hood, Texas, where he wrote sports stories. After leaving the military, Reed began his sports-writing career as a civilian. Reed also worked for the Tyler Morning Telegraph, Denton Record-Chronicle, Amarillo Globe-News, The Arkansas Democrat and other newspapers during his career. Reed was known for giving nicknames to his fellow workers and starting his personal phone calls with “This is Jerry L. Reed. Do you know me?” He could recall the birthdays of his family and friends from his memory and phoned them each year. Those he called included Barry Switzer, former Oklahoma Sooner and Dallas Cowboys coach, and Jerry Jones, owner of the Cowboys.
Reed is survived by sisters Glenda Boroski and husband Frank of Lake Kiowa, Texas; Shirley Colgrove and husband Jerry of Clarksville, Texas; brother Bobby Reed, of Fayetteville, Ark.; step-sister Catarina Christopher and husband Tom of San Antonio, Texas, along with many nieces, nephews, great- nieces, great nephews and aunts and uncles.
Cremation arrangements are by Beard’s Funeral Chapel of Fayetteville. No services are planned.

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    Andy Shupe » 25. Jan, 2016

    Jerry was my sports editor when I started at the Northwest Arkansas Times at 22 in 1993. Young and far from home, I was so lucky to have Jerry as a friend and coworker. All of the “Staff meetings” at his apartment with his dog Gizmo and “smokey breaks” as we worked into the night made me feel right at home. We can all recall a person who lifted us up and showed us the way when we started and Jerry was that for me. He celebrated a good photograph when I got one (“Dominant art, Shupey!”) and showed me why it was good. He helped me understand this business but also how important it is to have fun and take care of the folks I work with.

    Jerry L. Reed, do you know me? You bet I do.

    Jake Sandlin » 25. Jan, 2016

    Jerry was covering University of Arkansas at Little Rock basketball for the Arkansas Democrat while I was covering it for the competing Arkansas Gazette. We competed but were friends, mainly because Jerry couldn’t dislike anybody. He was always fun and interesting to be around and his personality was always bright and positive. I was sorry to hear of his passing.

    Name » 25. Jan, 2016

    Jerry was my neighbor when he moved to The Colony, Texas.When I was out walking my dog he asked me how much for the little dog and asked if I liked sports which I do like Baseball and Football. A couple of days later there was a knock at my door. Jerry said sports girl, sports guy let’s talk. We became fast friends however he did not like the Texas Rangers. Why? Because they fired Billy Martin! He did watch the baseball games with cause was a fan of Baseball. I have many memories of Jerry but when the Rangers were finally going to the World Series he picked up a can of his cheap favorite beer and poured it on my head to celebrate, was not expecting that! When he moved back to Arkansas we still talked daily. God puts people in our path for a reason. He loved his Family and Friends. I will miss Jerry very much. He was special!

    Linda Kile » 25. Jan, 2016

    Jerry was my neighbor when he moved to The Colony. Texas. I was out walking my dog , he asked me how much for the little dog and if I liked sports I do like Baseball and Football. A couple days later there was aknock at my door Jerry said sports gal, sports guy let’s talk. We became fast friends. I love the Texas Rangers however Jerry did not. Why? Because they fired Billy Martin! That was years ago! He did watch the games with me cause he was a baseball fan. When the Rangers made it to the World Series unexpectedly he pored a can of his cheap beer on my head to celebrate! He loved his Family and Friends. God puts people in your path for a reason. I talked to Jerry daily when he moved back to Arkansas. I will our conversations. He was a special guy! I will truly miss him!

    Name Gary German » 25. Jan, 2016

    I remember an October day in 1964(?), at North Jr. High. A World Series afternoon game was being played, and Jerry smuggled into class a little transistor radio with one earplug, so he could listen to the game. He surreptitiously kept several of us up on the score…until our teacher busted him in the 7th inning. As he was being escorted to the principal’s office, he smiled like the class hero that he was. RIP, Jerry.

    "Sandyland" Robinson » 25. Jan, 2016

    Jerry L. Reed was working at the Morning News when I started to work there in 1998. He was and has been my friend since the first day. He would climb the highest mountains, walk across hot coals or give his life for any one of his friends. His friendship, positive attitude, memory and love knew no boundaries. The world, my world, is not nearly as bright without him in it. I know he’s enjoying joyous reunions with his friends and family who got to heaven before he did. Love and miss you, Jerry L. Your buddy always, Sandyland

    Bob Caudle » 25. Jan, 2016

    The best sportswriter, sports editor, assistant sports editor and person I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Smoke’em if ya got’em, Jerry. RIP.

    John Ford » 25. Jan, 2016

    Jerry had a great sense of humor and kept the entire Northwest Arkansas Times newsroom in stitches. I recall many a “staff meeting” at his apartment, and we took many a “smokey break” together in the breakroom and on the back loading dock. I can still hear him say “John Ford, you rule!” and how he always gave me a hug and told me he loved me at the end of our “staff meetings.” A little wiry guy, Jerry had a huge heart and would do anything for you. When I was told in August 1994 that my services were no longer needed, Jerry went to management and told them exactly what he thought of their decision. He was soon without a job as well, but was able to go to a competing paper and continue covering his beloved Razorbacks. I remember how he laughed at the antics of Beavis and Butt-head and his love of both classic rock, grunge and country music. Jerry, you rule. You always did. And you’ll always be in our hearts.

    Densel Myers » 26. Jan, 2016

    Jerry was one of my best buddies growing up in Wichita, Kansas. I knew he was destined for something important. He was the greatest.

    Burl and Paula Combs » 26. Jan, 2016

    Jerry was an awesome writer and loved to write about Razorback Baseball. He will be missed by all those he phoned every day like his Aunt Ellen Smith in Colorado Springs. He called her faithfully every day when possible. God Bless the Family of Jerry and May he Rest in Peace.

    Name » 26. Jan, 2016

    So sad to hear about Jerry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love Jack and Patty Boroski

    Kathy Peterson » 27. Jan, 2016

    I live in The Colony, TX and he lived here for a few years. He became very dear friends with my sweet friend Linda Kile. We enjoyed him so much when he came to our cookouts and bible study and was so special to us here in The Colony. He was one in a million with his ever so korny jokes and loathing for the Texas Rangers and love for the Dallas Cowboys was always fun to jab fun with him about! I loved talking to him and how important his family was and all his newspaper friends were to him! I heard all the stories so many times. I’m so glad that he knew the Lord and is no longer suffering. Many blessings from North Texas. Kathy Peterson!