McEwen Funeral Service-Pineville Chapel

10500 Park Road, Charlotte, NC


Adegboyega Gbolahan Ayodele Jr

December 15, 1988June 23, 2020

Adegboyega Gbolahan Ayodele Jr. began every morning with consistency and discipline, often rising before the sun to focus his mind and exercise his body in service of a lifelong commitment to athletics. The youngest son of Chief. and Mrs. Gbolahan Ayodele spent his time on earth building and supporting teams. Born in Lagos on December 15, 1988, and raised between Nigeria, England, and the United States, Ade, also known as “Junior”, passed away June 23, 2020. His siblings were JG, Ayo and Debola (late). He adopted his natural athletic talents to a remarkable career in sports like swimming, track, and rugby. As a student athlete at UNC Chapel Hill, he created standout moments in rugby, representing UNC in national tournaments, and scoring the winning try in a televised game against Army. He grew to become a curious global citizen - eager to explore the world through travel and express himself through his always on-trend fashion. Friends from boarding school to his college fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, note how well he was grounded in the Nigerian culture and values that made him who he was.

After graduating in 2011, he spent his professional career at the National Basketball Association, starting with the Cleveland Cavaliers and was a rising star in partnership management and business development at the Charlotte Hornets. Fred Whitfield, President of Hornets Basketball, said “he was the best teammate and we loved him”. Selfless and loyal, gave up his personal hotel room during the NBA All Star weekend to accommodate a stranded Roy Williams, the legendary UNC head coach, who later welcomed him as a mentee. NBA colleagues remember him as a consummate bridge builder, generous with connections and eager to link the United States to his home continent in the shared ambition to make basketball a global sport. “He made a huge impression on the NBA Africa team,” says NBA Africa Managing Director, Amadou Gallo Fall. “We are dedicated to carrying with us the energy and enthusiasm Ade displayed for our game and for young people.” The focus, consistency and warmth he brought to all aspects of his personal and professional life would surely have carried this dream to success. His talents, humility and motivation created a strong legacy for the loved ones he leaves behind


  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, July 3, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, July 3, 2020


Adegboyega Gbolahan Ayodele Jr

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Jamie cross

July 3, 2020

I knew Junior from his time in Ashville. He was a great guy. When I last spoke to him he was full of happiness & plans for the future.
Sending strength & condolences to his family at this time. He will be remembered fondly.

Kristen Allred

July 2, 2020

On behalf of the brothers of Alpha Kappa Psi, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to Ade's family and friends. May you find peace and comfort in the memories we all share with the truly amazing person that Ade was.

Ade was one of the best people we have all had the privilege to know. He could be a little shy and reserved at first, but when you really got to know him, his goofy and playful side shined through. He was a real gentleman and always made the people around him feel comfortable. He was very intuitive, a great listener, and someone you could sit down and talk to for hours. Of course, as everyone knows, he was always the best-dressed person in the room. When looking back at our college pictures, we all question our fashion sense back then as Ade was always dressed to the nines. He was authentically himself and never tried to hide who he was. Ade was so proud of his Nigerian heritage, and we know
how much he loved his family because he would talk about them often. He truly was one of a kind.

Ade is our brother, now and forever. He will live on in our hearts. We will carry his memory, infectious smile, and genuine and humble spirit throughout our lives. Although his life was way too short, we truly believe he lived his life to the fullest with all the love he gave and all the love he received. With his passing, Ade has reunited his AKPsi brothers after almost 10 years of lost connections. To honor our fond memories of Ade, we've made a donation to the UNC Lineberger Cancer Center. He will forever be memorialized at his Alma Mater with a commemorative tile. Ade, we love you, we miss you, and we will never forget you. You have changed our lives for the better.


July 2, 2020

My dear Adegboyega Junior,
You have a very strong spirit and we human beings, we are all spirit living in a body.
Your spirit left your body and your body will be put to rest.
We shall meet on the resurrection day by the Grace of God.
Your memory will never leave my mind every time.
To Ayodele’s Family, please accept my sincere sympathy for the passing away of our dear son.
Please, take good care of yourself.
God is always in Control of our lives.
Remain Blessed and Stay Safe.
I love you all.
I should have come to the burial tomorrow but I am in England now.
God bless you all.

Melinda Kusler

June 30, 2020

It was a true pleasure to have had Ade as part of our dental family here @ Seitlin Dental.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family and friends.
May God Bless,
Seitlin Dental

Tutu Kuteyi

June 28, 2020

This is so painful, but we give thanks to God for a life indeed well spent. Ade (Junior) as he is called by some of us was the most gentle of all. His smile and his enthusiasm for life was second to none. I am blessed to have crossed paths with him. He was my kids “uncle Junior” and I don’t know how to break the news to them because he had such an impact on their lives. I pray for the family, that the Lord comfort you on every side and give you the fortitude to bear this loss. From the Adegboola, Virich and Kuteyi families ❤️

Yao Williams

June 25, 2020

My heart and condolences goes out to the Ayodele family. Ade was a great person, friend, and mentee who’s heart was filled with gold. I remember when the Hornet (Bobcats at the time) first hired him as our intern. He was always diligent and hungry to learn. Over the years it was a complete joy to see his success and love to help others. Ade you will be missed and your memory will continue to live on. Much love young King!