Thomas “Dallas” Davis, 22, was a man you would be blessed to have known. His friends and family remember his smile, laughter, his kindness, his loyalty, his unending dedication to those he loved, and his limitless love for God and others. He felt called by God to share Love with the world, and he did this with reckless abandon. His motto was, “Do stuff for Jesus.”
As his pastor and friend, I can attest with no degree of uncertainty that there is no limit to the praise I could heap upon Dallas. This unfortunate obituary cannot provide the space, so I will try to touch on the important points.
His life was, in many ways, music. He lived and breathed music. It was on his mind in some way at any given moment. He was a hoarder of instruments, and attempted to learn how to play as many as he had time for. He wrote countless songs from his heart; songs he was eager to share with anyone who would listen. His lyrics reflect a thoughtful soul filled with God’s love.
Dallas also shared himself with the world through his artwork. He was always creating beautiful things whenever pencil and paper were in arm’s length. There is no telling how many drawings will turn up in the coming months. Each reflects a thought, mood, or feeling that came from the mind and heart of Dallas. In many ways, he was constantly drawing his own self portrait.
At the time of his death, he was a Jr. at Indiana Wesleyan University. He was studying to be a minister of the Gospel. Although he was unable to graduate on account of his untimely death, those who knew him can attest that he was already a minister of the Gospel. He touched countless lives in countless ways.
He was a student pastor at Central Christian Church. He started attending our church when he was 15 and was baptized there. On the morning he died, he was on his way to our church to read that morning’s scripture before my sermon. The text he would have read to us was Hebrews 10:32-36. It contains a call to courage and joy in times of trial and suffering. He has changed the life of the church community with which he shared his heart. We will not be anything like the same without him.
He was a part of numerous communities: Jalapa Church, the Upper Room Bible study group, Walmart, and many others. He had a heart for the marginalized, and those that many church folk might write off at a glance. His long-term goal was to create some sort of tattoo parlor ministry. He was an apprentice in at Filament Tattoo Shop in Wabash, IN, and he hoped to use tattoos as a means of spreading the Gospel of Jesus. Those who have had themselves inked with Dallas’ designs are still sharing him and his love with the world.
We miss you Dallas. You brought joy into our life that is deeper than words can express. We love you, believe in you, and long to see you again. By God’s grace we shall.
Survivors Include: Brother - Dillon Davis, Grandmother - Marsha Curtis, Great Grandmother - Colleen Harrigan, Mother - Kelly Davis, Father - Timothy Davis, Grandmother - Charlotte Brewer, Uncle - John Thomas, Uncle - Wesley Curtis, Aunt - Janet Davis, Aunt - DeeDee Wiecking, Friends - Jacob Hodge, Stephen Greene and many cousins and friends.
Family and friends may gather to share and remember at Central Christian Church 201 S. First Street Van Buren on Friday, February 06, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. A service to celebrate Dallas’ life will follow at 2:00 PM with Pastors Heath & Kelly Jones officiating.
Preferred memorials: Central Christian Church 201 S. 1st St. Van Buren IN 46991