Dallas Smith passed away on November 15, 2019. A public visitation will be held at Mt. Hebron Missionary Baptist Church on Friday, November 22, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m.
Dallas Smith was born to Walter Smith and Mary Whitfield on August 7, 1953, in Portageville Missouri. The family would later relocate to Des Moines, Iowa, where Dallas would finish his primary education at North High school. He would later further his education at West Texas State University. In 1976, Dallas was drafted in the third round of the NBA draft as their first pick for the Chicago Bulls. After his first season, an injury would keep him from returning to play for another season.
After his time with the NBA, Dallas began working for Tompkins Industries in shipping and receiving. It was about this time in 1978, that Dallas and Shelia Bennett would be united in marriage. Together, they would build their life here in Des Moines, Iowa.
Dallas was a member of New Birth Missionary Baptist church, where he served as an usher faithfully for 14 years.
We all know that Dallas loved sports, and obviously loved basketball the most. In fact, he is still in the North High hall of fame. But he also loved volunteering in social services and working with the developmentally disabled. Dallas also loved to spend time in his garden and playing with his flowers. He was slow to anger and got along with everybody. And at times, Dallas was the life of the party. Dallas also loved to look good...as long as he wasn’t doing the shopping. Most of all, Dallas loved to spend time with his nieces and nephews. And even though he may have sat on the wrong side of the bleachers a few times, Dallas would make all of their games and gave them his support.
Dallas was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Mary Smith; siblings, Evangelist Alice Smith, Charlene Lee, Willie Smith, Rose Smith, Mary Smith, James Johnson, Walter Smith Jr. and Nathaniel Smith.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Shelia Smith; siblings, Catherine Weaver, Albert Smith Sr., Jeffery Smith, Frank Smith as well as a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and close friends.
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