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George Edward Reynolds

November 23, 1947 November 3, 2019
George Edward Reynolds
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George Reynolds was born in Henry County, Alabama on November 23, 1947 to Jessie and Lillie Mae Reynolds. George was the youngest of four children, which included sisters Candis, Willie and Jessie.

As a youngster the family moved to Newark, New Jersey and he became involved with basketball at Cleveland Junior High School with Mr. Charles Johnson, Mr. Eugene Robinson and Leo Bunion. George attended Monmouth St. and Central High School. As his basketball skills began to blossom it became apparent that he possessed superior ability, most notably was his ball handling.

George was a part of the 62-63 and 63-64 Central High School team that is considered to be one of the best if not the best Newark high school team ever to play basketball featuring the likes of Drayton Bembry, Ronnie Lott, Bill Keys, Victor Morton, Willie Jennings, Bob Lester, Donald Parks, and George Reynolds. This team was New Jersey State Champions for two years. In 1965 He was a First Team All City.

George then attended Imperial Valley Junior College, where he became teammates with Shalier Halimon, where they gallantly competed against Coach Jerry Tarkanian’s Riverside Jr. College.

George Reynolds played two seasons at Imperial Valley then slid right into University of Houston's starting lineup and helped the Cougars upset UCLA featuring Kareem Abdul Jabbar and coached by the legendary John Wooden in the Astrodome. In what is billed as “The Game of the Century” in front of 50,000 spectators and 12 million television viewers on January 20, 1968, featuring George as the point guard. The Houston team was coached by Guy Lewis and his teammates included Elvin Hayes and Don Chaney.

George played one season with the Detroit Pistons alongside the likes of Dave Bing. Then he went on to play in Switzerland with New Jersey’s Elnardo Webster.

During his years at Houston, George married Delores Y. Johnson and they were blessed with a son, George W. Reynolds.

In 1976, George was blessed with another child, Nicole Gadson.

Over the years, Kenneth “Butch” Hall and Chester Davis have maintained very close friendships with George and the family is thankful to these gentlemen.

George has received many awards for his athleticism most notably the Newark Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992.

George is survived by his sister, Willie L. Davis (née James), his two children, George W. Reynolds (Shannon) and Nicole Gadson (Ahmed) and adopted daughter Yolonda Suber -Brown. Grandchildren, George Jr., Christopher, Dominique, Jordan, Caleb, K’lyn, Ahmed, Justin, and Skylar. He leaves to mourn three nieces, Linda Norton, Brenda Davis and Cressida Davis-Dansby, four nephews, Allen Davis (Valeria), Lavonne Davis (Cameo), Quamel Hatcher and Terence Norton, and a host of family and friends.

He is predeceased by his Mother, Lillie Mae Reynolds, Father, Jessie Reynolds, Sisters, Jessie Mae Reynolds and Candis L. Norton, Niece, Bernita Davis, Nephews, James Rick Davis, James H. Norton and Terence C. Norton.

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9

Nov

3:00 PM 11/9/2019 3:00:00 PM
Perry Funeral Home

34 Mercer St.
Newark, NJ 07103

Perry Funeral Home
34 Mercer St. Newark 07103 NJ
United States
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