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 Marques Oreole Haynes

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Marques Oreole Haynes

Birth
Sand Springs, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA
Death 22 May 2015 (aged 89)
Plano, Collin County, Texas, USA
Burial Allen, Collin County, Texas, USA
Plot Four Seasons Garden section, lot 417, space 1
Memorial ID 146915439 View Source

Marques O. Haynes, the world’s greatest dribbler in basketball history, passed away Friday, May 22, 2015 in Plano, Texas, of natural causes, at the age of 89. He was born March 10, 1926 in Sand Springs, Oklahoma to Levi and Hattie (Marsh) Haynes. Marques married Joan Taylor December 24, 1974 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was an original member of the Harlem Globetrotters.

Marques Haynes' dribbling skills wowed fans in more than 100 countries. Beginning with his days with Langston University, he was a showstopper, a player who helped make the Harlem Globetrotters beloved ambassadors of basketball around the world.

"Basketball has lost one of its most iconic figures," Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider said.

In two stints with the touring team — from 1947-53 and 1972-79 — Haynes played in more than 1,200 games for a team that combined dazzling skills, theatrical flair and circus antics.

The Globetrotters will dedicate their 90th anniversary tour in 2016 to Haynes and will wear a uniform patch in tribute.

"Marques was a pioneer, helping pave the way for people of all races to have opportunities to play basketball and for the sport to explode on a global scale," Schneider said. "His unique and groundbreaking style of play set the tone for modern basketball as we know it. Anyone involved with basketball worldwide is indebted to Marques. He was the consummate Globetrotter.

He is survived by his loving wife, Joan Taylor Haynes of Plano, Texas; two daughters, Marsha Pearson Loggins and husband Verdell of McKinney, Texas and Marquetta Gregory and husband Harold of Frisco, Texas; grandchildren, Tori Darty and husband David of Frisco, Texas, Britni Cannon and husband Lance of McKinney, Texas, Veronica Harkey and husband Jayson of McKinney, Texas, Justin Marques Scruggs and wife Cara of Owasso, Oklahoma, Devin Scruggs of Richardson, Texas, Matthew Gregory, Bryan Gregory, and Jordan Gregory all of Plano, Texas; a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins; a very special sister, Dr. Myrtle Elliott Hightower of Dallas, Texas; former son-in-law, Drew Pearson of Plano, Texas

Marques was preceded in death by his parents, Levi and Hattie Haynes; brothers, Wendell Haynes, Joseph Haynes, Thelton Haynes, Floyd Haynes and Pierce Haynes; sister, Cecile Alberty.

A celebration of his life will be held Friday, May 29, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at New Life Community Church, 25631 Smotherman Rd., Frisco, Texas 75033. Interment will follow at Ridgeview Cemetery in Allen, Texas. The family will receive friends Thursday, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen, Texas.

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Wendell Haynes
Thelton Haynes
Floyd Haynes
Pierce Haynes

Sister: Cecile (Haynes) AlbertyBasketball Player. He was a former professional basketball player and member of the Harlem Globetrotters. While playing at Langston (Oklahoma) University, his acrobatic moves caught the attention of Globetrotter's owner Abe Saperstein in 1946 after leading Langston to a win over Globetrotters. Haynes remained at the school, but after graduation joined the Globetrotters. His legendary Harlem Globetrotters showman often called the greatest dribbler in basketball history. He played with the Globetrotters from 1947-1953 and retired 1992 after a 46 year professional career. He made the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998, the first Globetrotter to be so honored. He has been elected into five Halls of Fame, including NAIA (1985), Jim Thorpe (1993) and Langston University (1995). He had two stints with the touring team — from 1947-53 and 1972-79. He played in more than 12,000 games, traveling more than 4 million miles and appearing in more than 100 countries for a team that combined dazzling skills, theatrical flair and circus antics. He was the Globetrotters' player-coach in 1974-75. The Globetrotters will dedicate their 90th anniversary tour in 2016 to Haynes and will wear a uniform patch in tribute.As published by Walker Funeral Home:

Marques Haynes, the legendary Harlem Globetrotters showman often called the greatest dribbler in basketball history, has died. He was 89.

He died Friday in Plano, Texas, of natural causes, the Globetrotters said. CEO Kurt Schneider said "basketball has lost one of its most iconic figures."

Haynes made the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998, the first Globetrotter to be so honored. He had two stints with the touring team — from 1947-53 and 1972-79.

He played in more than 12,000 games, traveling more than 4 million miles and appearing in more than 100 countries for a team that combined dazzling skills, theatrical flair and circus antics. He was the Globetrotters' player-coach in 1974-75.

The Globetrotters will dedicate their 90th anniversary tour in 2016 to Haynes and will wear a uniform patch in tribute.

"Marques was a pioneer, helping pave the way for people of all races to have opportunities to play basketball, and for the sport to explode on a global scale," Schneider said. "His unique and groundbreaking style of play set the tone for modern basketball as we know it. Anyone involved with basketball worldwide is indebted to Marques. He was the consummate Globetrotter.

While playing at Langston (Oklahoma) University, the acrobatic Haynes caught the attention of Globetrotters owner Abe Saperstein in 1946 after leading Langston to a win over Globies. Haynes remained at the school, but after graduation joined the Globetrotters. He led them to victories against the George Mikan-led Minneapolis Lakers of the NBA in 1948 and 1949.

Haynes was more than mere showman on the court, although his dribbling skills were show-stopping displays that often had opponents standing and watching in awe. He led Booker T. Washington High School in his hometown of Sand Springs, Oklahoma, to the unofficial national championship in 1941 and was a scholastic All-American that season. He then starred at Langston, an NAIA school where he was a four-time all-conference selection and team MVP.

Haynes led Langston in scoring all four years and the team had a 112-3 record, including a 59-game winning streak.


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