ABILENE, Texas – Former Hardin-Simmons' men's basketball player Henry Peacock, who is one of the first African-Americans to graduate from Hardin-Simmons, has passed away.
Peacock graduated from HSU in 1965 and played for the Cowboys from 1963-65. Although the color barrier had been broken a few years before Peacock on the HSU campus, Peacock actually graduated with a degree in physical education with a minor in history on Aug. 19, 1965.
Demographic data from the time frame is not clear if he was the first African-American to graduate from HSU or not, but he is definitely one of the first, if not the first.
He was recruited by Hall of Fame coach Lou Henson. He ended up playing 14 games as a junior and led the team in scoring and rebounding as a senior and ranked in the top 30 nationally in field goal percentage.
He later served as a teacher and coach in Lamesa and Abilene. His daughter, Madison Reyes, also came to HSU and is the school's all-time leader in kills and was a four-time all-conference selection and two-time MVP.
Funeral arrangements are pending, but a service will be held at First Baptist Church.
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