Funeral Arrangements Set for Former Hoops Rebel Eric Laird

MEMPHIS Funeral services will be held Tuesday for former Ole Miss basketball standout Eric Laird, who passed away February 15 at Methodist North Hospital in Memphis at the age of 43.

 

Services are scheduled for noon at N. H. Owens & Son Funeral Home, and burial will follow at New Park Cemetery.

 

A four-year letterwinner from 1982-85, Laird was a two-time All-SEC selection and an Honorable Mention All-America pick as a junior. He ranks 12th on the Ole Miss all-time scoring list with 1,421 points and second in career steals with 179.

 

In 1983-84, Laird was fourth in the SEC in both scoring (17.3 ppg) and steals (55). He scored in double figures in 25 of 28 games that year and was named SEC Player of the Week after combining for 47 points in wins over Georgia and Tennessee. As a sophomore, Laird helped the Rebels reach the postseason NIT, where he recorded a school-record eight steals in the third-round encounter at DePaul.

 

A native of the Bluff City, Laird was the Memphis Player of the Year and an All-State honoree as a senior at East High School. He helped East to a basketball state championship and a football league title, as he was also a prep All-America at wide receiver.

 

Laird leaves a son, Eric Laird, Jr.; his parents, Yvonne Patricia Laird and Jessie Laird; a sister, Gwenese Nichols; and a brother, Andre Laird, who played alongside Eric with the Rebels during the 1984 and 1985 campaigns.

 


 

 

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