In Loving Memory of
Terry Dinkins May 5, 1967 – July 3, 2019
Terry Dinkins was born May 5, 1967, in Memphis Tennessee to his biological father, Columbus Dinkins and Eveyln Shaw-Dinkins. In August of 1979 Terry’s dad, Leroy Wicks and mother, Eveyln Wicks, along with Terry, moved to Kansas City, Missouri. He attended Southeast High School and later enlisted in the Army Reserves.
Terry was full of life and had an “Old Soul” for someone that was so young, He was a listene.r and a very funny person and looked up to and listened to his “Elder’s”. He was always right there to help and tried to help those that needed it and he would give his last. He had a special place in his heart for babies and the elderly and they loved him, too. He was the life of the party.
In August of 1994, he met Katherine “Kathy” Dinkins and they were married November 17th, 1994 by her father Reverend Lucien B. Smith, Sr. they have 5 children. Later, Terry became a member of Palestine Missionary Baptist Church, of Independence, Missouri, he became an Ordained Deacon by, at the time, Reverend Lucien B. Smith, Sr. and Reverend Alvin Bradford and later, under the leadership of Reverend Doctor Ray C. Taylor. He was very active in the church and very knowledgeable when asked to give Sermon’s that he would bring to the congregation along with teaching Sunday School, directing the choir and singing in the choir.
Terry worked all of his life and different places until he found his calling as a “Car Salesman” He worked for Cable Dahmer Chevrolet on the “Miracle Mile” in Independence Missouri on Noland Rd. under the leadership of Carlos Ledezma. He found his calling and became one of the “Top Car Salesman “ at Cable Dahmer, were he was nicknamed “BLING BLING” because of his snazzy way of dressing, Bob Sight Kia, and Landmark Dodge.
He was a lover of all music and could tell you all the words to the songs, Making movies and soundtracks, Anime, DC and Marvel Comics and movies. He loved to play dominoes, with his grandfather, Fred Thomas, who passed away, and house cards Spades and Poker which he had a passion for.
He leaves behind his wife Katherine “Kathy” Dinkins of 24 ½ years, 7 children: Ratrice Daniels (Laith), Raefell Smith, Adrian Smith (Erica), Ashley Smith and Christopher Holmes (Santina), Evangelist, Jasmine Dunnigan (Antwaun), Mario. His father, Leroy Wicks and mother, Evelyn Wicks, Father-in-Love, Reverend Lucien B. Smith, Sr, (Delores Ann Smith, passed on), Grandfather, Fred Thomas (passed on), Grandchildren; Zion, Amori’e, Deanna, Antwaun,Ramon, Rayvn, Talysa, Laila, and Gianni. Siblings: Larry Smith (Jennifer), Celestine Williams, Sonja Smith, Michelle Bilberry (Timothy), Andre Chatmon, Lucien Smith, Jr., Andrae Smith, Darren Smith, Arian Smith (Megan) and a Host Of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.
He has/had made a difference, a huge impact and touched so many peoples lives that I apologize to all that I did not mention all. Please know that it wasn’t purposely done.
Remember me for all the good that I have done and not the bad things. I don’t want you to cry. Laugh and enjoy this evening because I am no longer “SUFFERING”