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Tommy Earl Reaux

Memorial for Tommy Earl Reaux

Born in Houston, Texas on Jun. 23, 1949
Departed on Feb. 23, 2011 and resided in Austin, TX.
Service: Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011
4:00 pm & 1:00 pm
Cemetery: Paradise North Cemetery
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Tommy Earl Reaux: Tommy Reaux

Tommy Reaux

Tommy Earl Reaux was born in Houston, Texas in 1949 to James Lloyd and Jessyetene S. Reaux. He attended both private and public school where he was an excellent student. He graduated from Phillis Wheatley high school in 1966 with honors and was a star football and tennis player. In the fall of 1966 he entered his freshman year at Baylor University. He became a member of the Baylor Bears football team; he earned honors as a member of the SWC team and is on the all decade team for Baylor. Tommy was the first Black scholarship athlete to graduate from Baylor. He was the first Black member of Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity. In 1970, drafted to play professional football by the Pittsburgh Steelers however, he decided to pursue his dreams of becoming a coach, mentor, and teacher. In 1981 he earned his Master's degree in Education from Texas Southern University.

Tommy coached at Reicher Catholic High School, Del Valley High School, M.B. Smiley, Furr Senior High School, Phillis Wheatley High School, Thrall Senior High School, Johnston and Regan High Schools, and many others. His college coaching career included, West Texas A&M, University of Texas, and Purdue University, where he earned many honors to add to his name and his leadership--Bowl games and State Championship appearances.

Tommy is survived by one sister, Eva Jeannette Reaux; three sons, Jarryl and Larryl Curtis, Sr. and Jason Gerard Reaux (Jason's mother and former wife, Phyllis Hodge-Floyd); two daughters-in-law, Karen Curtis and Dey Curtis; three grandchildren, Larryl Curtis, Jr., Josephine Reaux Curtis and Katia Curtis; and many cousins and a host of loving friends.

Tommy's Philosophy in life was, "If you believe it, you can achieve it."

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