David "Smokey" Gaines

  • Born: February 27, 1942
  • Died: September 5, 2020
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Former Harlem Globetrotter and college coach

David "Smokey" Gaines was a basketball player with the Harlem Globetrotters before going on to coach at Detroit Mercy. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Great man! i first met Smokey in san diego when he owned his night club SMOKEYS i was a member of the group zapp n roger and he hired us many many times he would always take time to encourage me and share great morsels of wisdom mixed in with his jokes and "FATHER WIT" i ran into him about 6-7 years ago in memphis one night while was performing my own show and he gave me the biggest hug and told me how proud he was that i was still doing my craft he once told me you can't make "chicken salad out of chicken crap" i often find myself quoting that THANK U MR SMOKEY GAINES FOR BEING SOMEONE A KID COULD LOOK UP TO.

Posted by bigg robb - cincinnati, OH - friend   September 25, 2020

Our deepest condolences to the family. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort you all during this extremely difficult time.

Posted by A friend   September 21, 2020

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Posted by Alishia - SC   September 13, 2020

My deepest condolences to the Gaines family, so very sorry for your loss, so many loved and appreciated the Harlem Globetrotters, Mr. Gaines thank you, you will be missed.

Posted by A friend   September 13, 2020

May God bless the family during this most difficult time.

Posted by A friend   September 11, 2020

Please accept my sincere condolences to the Gaines Family, May the God of comfort take of you in this time of sorrow may he comfort your grieving hearts with his tender care and loving kindness as you lean on his arm of strength to help you cope during this very difficult time.

Posted by BRY    September 10, 2020

I am so sorry about the loss of Smokey. He was definitely a phenomenal basketball player. The Gaines family has my deepest condolences. I pray that you will be surrounded continuously with love and support. And, as you go through this difficult time, may Almighty God give you everlasting comfort (2 Thess. 2:16).

Posted by Jenee    September 10, 2020

My condolences.

Posted by A friend   September 09, 2020

Heartfelt condolences to the family of David “Smokey” Gaines. The world mourns with you. May God heal your broken hearts, strengthen and comfort you at this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   September 09, 2020

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May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Zelda Daley - Upper Marlboro, MD   September 09, 2020

My heartfelt condolences to the Gaines family in the loss of "Smokey". We all have many fond memories watching the globetrotters play basketball. At this time we pray that the God of ALL comfort, comfort you with his tender mercy during your trials.

Posted by RH - MS   September 08, 2020

We all appreciate the contributions of a David Gaines and send our deepest condolences. May you receive comfort from the God of tender mercies during this sad time.

Posted by Mary - Neighbor   September 08, 2020

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Dear Gaines's Family Rory and I sincerely extend our condoelnces's to the Gaines's Family.when I was in P.A.I saw the Harlem Globetrotters's.he'll surely be missed very much.best faith/rory

Posted by faith/rory tobin/dockett - Newton Centre/brighton, MA - acquaintance   September 08, 2020


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