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Dimond & Shannon Mortuary

10630 Chapman Ave, Garden Grove, CA

OBITUARY

Reginald Eugene Utley

January 14, 1951January 23, 2020

Reginald Eugene Utley entered this life on January 14, 1951 and entered eternal life on January 23, 2020.

The Utley family would like to acknowledge with deep sorrow and sincere appreciation for the love, kindness and sympathy shown at the passing of our loved one. We would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support, including those from near and far.

Services

  • Viewing Service Tuesday, February 4, 2020
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Memories

Reginald Eugene Utley

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Tracy Harpert

February 17, 2020

Oh Reggie, you will be missed tremendously by everyone whose life you touched in such an incredible way. We were a team for many years and really went through a lot together sacrificing trying to keep Gospel music on the air in Los Angeles. It wasn’t easy but you never gave up on your dream. Thank you for making me a part of it. We also had a lot of fun together being on the radio together producing and , hosting shows, and trying to make the business work. We had great chemistry together on the air. You are loved by so many people. I know God has a special place in Heaven just for you and that Jesus is giving you a big hug saying well done my good and faithful servant. I know God is blessing you for persevering and never giving up on spreading His word through music to people all over the world. You truly are special and amazing. I know we will see you again in our Heavenly home.

Joel Baul

February 6, 2020

My beloved broths' who I had the blessed opportunity to work with and do many MC'ing shows together in the 1980's when we worked at KGFJ/THECAT 1230 on the AM dial. We shared a many of taking winners of call in's in limos to various concerts in our days. There were times we stayed out so late he would sleep at my house.
Reggie was humorous and always, always had a disarming smile. That night life took me in a different direction and we lost contact due to my shame. Yeah, I had high regards and respect for him. I definitely have some fond memories I can't talk about, but we lived like it was no tomorrow.
When we moved KGFJ/THECAT from LA to Hollywood, we did live like we were Hollywood!
I'm still trying to get my life back. I couldn't put myself to contact him with the life I was living, that's how much love and respect I had for him.
I hurt to the core of my soul hearing of his untimely departure. I celebrate him and will always have memories of him, Magic Mike, Tyrone "Boogie" Nelson and too, JB Stone.
Reggie, may the Most High favor you and the Father acknowledge all the good you've done as well as hearts you commandeered. I'll continue to miss you brother. Rest in peace my beloved brotha'.
Forever your friend.
Joel

Eltoine Howard

February 5, 2020

February 4, 2020

Eltoine A. Howard  
Inglewood, CA  
Dear Utley Family  
  Please accept my sincere condolences for the sudden loss of my dear brother Reginald E. Utley. 
My heart is truly heavy and the pain won’t go away as Reggie was like my Brother.  I had the pleasure of meeting him in the early 1980’s. One of my dreams was to be a radio disc jockey and Reggie made that dream come true.
He took me under his wing and taught me the business inside and out. He was my mentor, my friend, and my brother.  
 
While working with Reggie on the radio, I learned so much not only on how to be a great radio announcer, but how to be a great account representative, a gospel producer and most of all a great friend. I learned from the best.
  Our show was well known it could be heard throughout Southern California stretching from San Diego to Ventura.
We became known as the “morning crew’: Reginald Utley, Nawania Lyles & Eltoine Howard. It’s funny, if you mention our names in sequential order today people still remember the morning crew. 

In the late 1980’s, we had an appreciation day for Reggie and the room was standing room only, everyone really loved Reggie. It’s a day I never will forget.
Reggie was one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet.  His love for his daughters and wife Nora was special.

I had my last conversation with Reggie on January 13th and before we hung up, he said “I love you brother” to which I replied “I love you to”. I will never forget my brother and the many great times we shared together. 

Remember when you walk through a storm hold your head up high and don't be afraid of the dark, at the end of a storm there's a golden sky and the sweet silver song of a lark, walk on through the wind, walk on through the rain, though your dreams be tossed and blown, walk on, walk on with hope in your heart and you'll never walk alone. 

Family I’m here for you and my prayers are with you.   
Sincere condolences,  
Eltoine A. Howard 
 

Narvelan Coleman

February 4, 2020

Reginald my friend: I have such wonderful memories working with you in the 'Record Industry.' You were a great Radio Man, Scholar and a Gentleman. Rest In Paradise.

Theresa Blackwell

February 1, 2020

I love you cuz and miss you more give my aunties and all my uncles and daddy a big for me kiss I will see you later. Love Your cousin Theresa Blackwell

Fontella Gaddie

January 31, 2020

My deepest condolence to you Mel and your entire family.I am praying for you all.

Angela Brooks Steele Parks

January 31, 2020

To Melanie, and to the entire Utley family, I know words can't take away the hurt you're feeling, but I want you to know how much I care. Sending you love and strength in this time of loss.

Robert High

January 31, 2020

Reggie, Reggie, my little brother. I met Reggie while in undergraduate school at TSU. I lived and worked at Bethlehem Center and Reggie was in one of my groups that I was the leader of one day he ask me if I would go home with him and meet his family and they adopted me as one of their own. Mrs. Utley was such a warm and loving mother to me. LaRose, Jarrett, Gayle, Reggie, Jean and Keta were just like my brothers and sisters. I love this family and they will always be a part of me. They know that Reggie was my favorite. I remember on Sunday Mrs Utley and the girls had gone to church and we cooked Sunday dinner for them, lol.
Sitting here trying to write this not with tears running down my face, but they are not all sad, some are happy tears just thinking about the good times we shared together.
I just can’t believe that Reggie is gone. REST IN PEACE DEAR BROTHER, YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU. To the Utley family, I send my deepest sympathy and love.
Your brother, Robert High

Anita Smith

January 29, 2020

I remember Reggie as we grew up together at Westwood Baptist Church and the mighty Pearl High School. He was always so kind and that beautiful smile. Rest now safely in the arms of Jesus. And to the entire Utley family, I pray for God's comfort to you all. Anita Sotherland Smith

Larry Eugene (Curve) Adams

January 28, 2020

Hadn't seen Reggue since we both left home over half a century ago. We were friends all through childhood, literally grew up together. In John Henry Hale, Reggie was a Prince in his own right, as was his brother Jarrett and his sisters, La Rose, Gayle, and Jean, were all princess's. To know an Utley was to love an Utley. Reggie was playful with a genuine sense of humor, yet strong, driven, with a serious side and a loyal friend. When I read the news of his passing on face book, I so much hoped it was a misprint or I was reading it wrong, even reached for my glasses but I already had them on. Reggie was gone. Much as I have been, hearing the passing of so many friends, I was devistated, but this one cut the deepest.

To the family, all of whom to me are dear friends, my tears flow like a river and I offer my deepest sympathy.

FROM THE FAMILY