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Dave Smith

October 1, 1968 — June 26, 2024


Dave Smith, 55, passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2024. Viewing will be held Saturday, July 6, 2024 at One Accord Fellowship Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and celebration of life service will start at 1 p.m. Private Disposition will follow under the direction of Griffin Mortuary. Dave Smith, a remarkable soul whose life was a testament to love, dedication, and perseverance began his journey on October 1, 1968, in the vibrant city of Kingston, Jamaica. His unwavering commitment to his family, students, and community left an indelible mark on all who knew him.

Dave's life was a beautiful tapestry woven with threads of passion, integrity, and meticulous care. His favorite song, Frank Sinatra's "I Did It My Way," mirrored the essence of his character—a man who lived life on his own terms, with courage and conviction. His meticulous nature was not just a trait but a guiding principle that he instilled in every endeavor he undertook, be it as an educator, AAU basketball coach, a security guard at APEX event center.

Dave's journey took him from the shores of Jamaica to the heart of Texas, where he attended Frank Phillips College on a basketball scholarship. His athletic prowess and determination led him to Wayland Baptist University, where he continued to excel both on and off the court. His love for basketball was not just a game but a metaphor for his approach to life—strategic, passionate, and always aiming for excellence.

Dave's career as a teacher and principal was a testament to his dedication to shaping young minds. He was more than an educator; he was a mentor, a guide, and a beacon of hope for many. His influence extended far beyond the classroom, touching the lives of countless students who were fortunate enough to cross his path.

In addition to his roles in education and athletics, Dave dedicated over eleven years of his life to serving as a law enforcement officer for various school districts. His commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of students and staff was unwavering. He approached his duties with the same meticulous care and integrity that defined every aspect of his life, earning the respect and admiration of colleagues and community members alike.

Those who knew Dave would attest to his loving and caring nature. He had an extraordinary ability to make everyone feel valued and appreciated. His infectious smile, kind words, and generous spirit left an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Beyond his professional achievements, Dave was a man of immense love and compassion. His role as a father to his eight children and a devoted husband to his beloved wife, Taneka, was the cornerstone of his existence. Dave's love for his family was boundless, and he cherished every moment spent with them, creating a legacy of warmth and affection that will forever live in their hearts.

Dave was preceded in death by his father, Baldie Smith; his mother, Merline Smith; and his host mother, Sandra Ware.

Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Taneka Smith; host fathers, Steve Kistler and Orvil Ware; daughters, Sydni Smith, Maci Smith, Olivia Smith, and Laila Smith; sons, Brennon Smith, Kellon Smith, Montrell Kennard, and Shannon Smith; sisters, Dahlia Smith and Shanique Smith; brothers, Kevin Smith; host brothers, Lee Kistler, Romeo Kistler, and Evan Ware; host sisters, Marie Rieger, and Ann Brown.

Dave Smith's legacy is one of love, commitment, and excellence. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Taneka, his eight children, and all those whose lives he touched. While we mourn his passing, we also celebrate a life well-lived, a life that truly embodied doing it his way.

Rest in the arms of our Heavenly Father, Dave. Your spirit will continue to inspire and guide us, and your legacy will live on in the hearts of those who loved and admired you.


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Saturday, July 6, 2024

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