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Date Posted: Wednesday, July 08, 08:50:41pm
In reply to: He was survived by his wife and SEVEN children! 's message, "(Not so) FUN FACT: Tab Hunter's brother Walter Gelien, 35, was killed in Vietnam on October 28, 1965. ..." on Wednesday, July 08, 12:51:50pm

Lonnie Jewel Shelton
(October 19, 1955 July 8, 2018)

Lonnie Shelton, Professional Basketball Player and power forward position for the National Basketball Association's New York Knicks, Seattle SuperSonics, and Cleveland Cavaliers during a ten year career (1976-77 to 1985-86). Born Lonnie Jewel Shelton, he played basketball collegiately at Oregon State University where he was first-team All-Pac-8 in 1975. He was drafted by the Memphis Sounds of the American Basketball Association in 1975, but decided to stay in school for another year. In 1976, he was drafted by the New York Knicks in the second round of that year's NBA draft. He played for the Knicks for two years before going to the Seattle SuperSonics in 1978 as compensation for the Knicks' signing of free agent Marvin Webster. He went on to play for the SuperSonics for five years before being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1983. While with the Sonics, he played a major role in their winning the 1979 NBA Championship against the Washington Bullets. He also played in 1982 NBA All-Star Game and was named to the NBA's All-Defensive Second Team that same year. After being traded to the Cavaliers, he played for them for three years before retiring after the 1985-86 season. His career statistics included 8,049 points, 4,136 rebounds, and 1,459 assists. One of his sons, L.J., went on to play in the National Football League. He passed away two months after suffering a heart attack.

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Frank Vernon Ramsey Jr.
(July 13, 1931 July 8, 2018)

Frank Ramsey, Hall of Fame Professional Basketball Player, played both the small forward and shooting guard positions for the National Basketball Association's Boston Celtics from 1954-1955 and 1956-1957 to 1963-1964. Born Frank Vernon Ramsey Jr., he played basketball collegiately at the University of Kentucky and starred for their 1951 NCAA Championship-winning team. He was also a third-team All-American in 1951 and a second-team All-American both in 1952 and 1954. He was drafted by the Boston Celtics in the 1st round of the 1953 NBA Draft. He played his rookie season with the Celtics in 1954-55 before joining the military in 1955. After serving in the military for one year, he rejoined the Celtics and went on to play for their seven NBA Championship-winning teams from 1957 to 1964. During his tenure with the Celtics, he became the NBA's first "sixth man", coming off the bench to become a major contributor to the team's success. During his career, he had 8,378 points, 3,410 rebounds, and 1,134 assists. He retired after the 1964 season and seven years later, became the head coach of the American Basketball Association's Kentucky Colonels. He served in this position for one year before being replaced the next season. In his later years, he served as a bank president in Dixon, Kentucky. He later was honored both by having his number 23 retired by the Celtics and being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1981.

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