August 27-- A legendary figure in Georgia high school sports history died Tuesday afternoon after a long illness.
Georgia Sports Hall of Fame basketball coach Chunk Reid was surrounded by his family at Community Hospice in Vidalia.
He retired as Athletic Director at Vidalia High School in April due to his health.
Coach Reid is the all-time winner in Girls high school basketball in the state of Georgia with a record of 881wins and 382 losses. His teams won 11 Region Championships. In 47 years he had only 8 losing seasons. He had 25 seasons with 20 or more wins. His teams played in two Final Fours and finished as state runners-up in 2010. His last 9 seasons of coaching his teams were 208-56.
At the time of his induction into the Hall of Fame, he said “It's just an honor to be in there with the group you are with. Coach Cravey was inducted three years ago. I think the biggest thing is the appreciation of all of the young female athletes that I had an opportunity to coach."
Coach Sissy Anderson and Coach Reid at his induction ceremony.
Vidalia High School Principal John Sharpe said, "I have a real heavy heart right now. I hurt for his family, but at the same time, we can celebrate the memory of a tremendous man who had a great impact on many people. We're going to mourn, but as we move on we'll celebrate his legacy and all he has meant to Vidalia High School, the Indian Nation and Vidalia.
"When we think of iconic figures at Vidalia High School, you think of Buck Cravey and Ralph Parsons and Chunk Reid and a lot of us try to emulate the characteristics and qualities that we saw in them. I think that Indian legacy will carry on for years to come.
"There are a lot of wonderful things I'm going to miss. One of my highlights was when we would drive to ballgames together and he would tell stories all through our history and he had a story on everybody. That's one of the things I'll miss and him coming up to have lunch with us at the high school. Those are the things I'll always cherish."
Current Vidalia AD and Boys Basketball Coach Tommy Dalley added, "The Vidalia Family has lost an iconic figure and we are all deeply saddened by the passing of Coach Reid. He was able to touch so many lives during his time at Vidalia as a teacher, coach, and athletic director. He was such a well respected coach and friend to so many of his peers from around the state. He has had a tremendous impact on everyone that he has come in contact with, but we know he is at peace now and our prayers are with the Reid family."
Coach Reid was 75.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Ronald V. Hall Funeral home.