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