Official Obituary of


August 30, 1955 ~ February 19, 2024 (age 68) 68 Years Old


Robert Reid was born on August 30, 1955, in Atlanta, Georgia, but later moved to Texas where he attended Samuel Clemens High School in Schertz, Texas. He continued his basketball journey at St. Mary's University before being drafted by the Houston Rockets in the second round of the 1977 NBA Draft.

Standing at 6 feet 8 inches and weighing 205 pounds, Reid made his NBA debut on October 21, 1977, and rose to prominence as a versatile forward/guard during his 13-year career in the league. Known for his athleticism and defensive abilities, he played a significant role in the Rockets' lineup during the early 1980s, contributing to the team's success in multiple playoff appearances.

In 1982, Reid decided to retire from professional basketball despite being at the peak of his career. He prioritized his personal beliefs and returned to church, leaving behind a lucrative contract and the fame associated with being a professional athlete. He eventually returned to the league after missing the sport.

After retirement, Reid remained active in his community and dedicated himself to charitable causes. He visited Texas Children’s hospital often, and never said no to helping with any event big or small that helped children, food banks, our veterans and the homeless.  While he may have stepped away from the spotlight of the NBA, his impact on the game and his legacy as a player committed to his principles endure.

Robert Reid died peacefully at his Houston home on February 19 after a battle with cancer. He leaves a lasting legacy as a talented athlete and a man of conviction whose courage in following his beliefs inspires others. 

He will be remembered not only for his achievements in basketball but also for his character and commitment to living a life of purpose.

Robert leaves behind to cherish all his impact as a human being, his wife Diana, Son Robert Reid Jr. and his two sons Robert Reid III and Jordan, Daughter Keva Embaye and her Husband Sewra and son Josiah, Daughter Crystal Reid her daughters Kitana and Destiny and daughter Jana Reid.  He had countless family members and close friends who were his extend family, including friends from St. Mary’s University, the NBA as well as the Houston Community he loved so much. 

Reid, who in 1987 was inducted into the St. Mary's Athletics Hall of Fame, scored 1,509 points and hauled in 832 rebounds during his collegiate career from 1974 to 1977.  Those tallies still rank eight and fourth, respectively, in Rattler history.

"He has stayed connected to the program and his teammates since he first stepped foot on campus as a freshman, "Meyer said.  "Robert was a true supporter of St. Mary's Basketball program."

In lieu of flowers, Reid's family requests for donations to be made to the St. Mary's Basketball program.  Checks can be made payable to St. Mary's University, with Men's Basketball denoted, and mailed to One Camino Santa Maria, San Antonio, Texas 78228.  Donations can also be made online (

We will all miss his spirit and the joy he brought to all of our lives.


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