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Eric Reed, Sr.

Reed, Eric - Obit

Visitation for Eric Ardel Reed Sr., 53, Lawrence will be held at 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Tuesday April 18, 2017 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. He passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Eric was born March 31, 1964 in the son of London Reed and Dolly (Blurton) Reed.

He was a cook at The University of Kansas.

Survivors include his life-long companion, Cynthia Wisdom; his sons, Eric A. Reed II, Derreick Newman, step-sons, Rudy Hilliard, Anthony Wisdom; two grandchildren, Michael Newman, Andraiya Revenew; two brothers, Randy Reed, Jeffery Reed; and one sister, Laura Joe Reed. He was preceded in death by his brother, Berry Lynn Austin.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Lawrence Memorial Dialysis Center and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

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  • Denise Harris says:

    Randy and family..Eric will be greatly missed..he is with you forever in watching over you all… as he is a special angel now. God Bless all of you

  • Fred Hunter says:

    I want to send my condolences to all of Eric’s family for loss of my lifelong friend. We have been friends since grade school. He will be missed by all who knew him. R.I.P. “E”
    God Bless.

  • Marilyn Crane says:

    I have grew up with the reed family.In my thoughts and prayers.

  • Deniece Reed says:

    Eric was very good to me and my family. Growing up, he knew me before I knew who he was. He aways treated me with kindness. My condolence goes out to the Reed family.

  • Faye Welcher says:

    R.I P Eric. you will be missed. My condolences to all your family

  • Kevin Armitage says:

    My thoughts and condolences to the family.

    Eric and I were friends and basketball buddies/rivals back in the early 80s. I’ve seen him from time to time since–Eric was always a friendly guy, wanting to say hello and catch up.

    He was a talented man with a big heart. He will be missed.


  • Sheila Ward says:

    Prayers to the family – Eric and I used to walk to school together at Pinckney Elementary! I look forward to seeing him when we all get to heaven!

  • Wade Paschall says:

    Much love to Eric and the Reed family.

  • Delmar White says:

    To the Family of Eric Reed,

    Eric and I were class mates at Lawrence High. I remember his laughter and his being a towering figure in the hallways of LHS. We also go back to New York St. Eric will truly be missed by those who Loved him.
    great guy indeed!

    Rest Well my brother!


  • Kevin Wilburn says:

    My condolences go out to my lil’ relatives, lil’ Eric and lil’ Derrick and the rest of the Reed family. Going to miss my Uncle E Reed. He was definitely one of my ghetto superstars! RIP love you Unc!

  • Darnell Fulton says:

    My heart goes out to the family, as I grew up with his sons we consider ourselves family. I’m always here if you need as I know y’all are always there for me. Love all the way around from me and the Fulton family. Rest well Big E. It IS a blessing to know you.

  • Douglas Micco says:

    Eric my borther,
    I love you and had a great time being your life long friend. My dad really enjoyed coaching us in baseball. After all these years thought of you. We had a blast when we partied,I’m glad I got to know you.

    Doug Micco

  • Mike Todd says:

    To my old friend Eric, may you be in a better place. I’ll hold on to the memories from the Firebirds baseball at 4H, playing stickball on New York St, Central Jr High Basketball & Home Econ Class, being my locker partner at LHS, and giving me a good price on some game tickets! We’ll miss you.