DAVID T. LIAS , 54 of Buffalo, New York was born on July 21, 1965 when the book of life was opened to the proud parents of the late Mr. Jacob Lias Sr. and Mrs. Nancy M. Lias.
At an early age, with his parents David was baptized and later baptized again, at Pilgrim Baptist Church by Rev. Frank Bostic in 2017. He received his formal education at Public School #31 and continued at South Park High School, where he excelled and exceeded in academic recognition in high honors and athletic dominance. David was a superb basketball player receiving numerous championships and trophies. His athleticism and unique skills with B-Ball was highly recognized and he was named All Athletic. He participated in his neighborhood basketball tournament known as the Randy Smith League, where he gained the name "Mad Dog Lias". He received an abundant amount of academic and athletic scholarships, where he briefly attended Kansas University in Lawrence, KS.
He later entered the work force where he lived and worked in various states including California, Texas and North Carolina.
David was known for his sense of humor, bright smile and mostly known for being a "dance machine". His love for dance was almost equivalent for his love for the game of Basketball. He will be remembered by his infectious smile, well-groomed dress and personality that touched everyone he encountered. He will be greatly missed by all.
David was a loving son, bother, and to his honor, his eight children will carry his legacy: son, David Lias Jr. and daughter Davisa Lias (Lisa); daughter, Keyona Lias-Copeland (Denine); Daughter , Shatise Lias (Regina); Sons, Terrice Lias and Davon Lias (Roxanne); daughter, Dashaquandria Lias and son, Davontae Lisa (Lashunda) and eight grandchildren.
After fighting a long illness, the book of life closed for David T. Lias on September 29,2019 at his home, surrounded by the love of his mother and family. David is preceded in death by his father Mr. Jacob Lias, Sister, Susie Pearl-Ashley and two brothers; Robert Earl and Jacob Lias Jr.
He leaves to cherish in his memory his mother, Mrs. Nancy Lias, six sisters, Gloria Bell Lias of Memphis, TN, PRiscilla Lias-Michalski (Daniel), Brenda Lias-Walker (Raymond), Gloria Lias-Baker (Kenneth), Sandra Lias, all of BUffalo, NY and Nancy Lias of Las Vegas, NV. Two brothers, Samuel Lias (Maria), of Cedar Hill, TX and Andrew Lias (Cherlie) of Buffalo, NY. One brother-in-law, Wayne Ashley of Buffalo, NY, one sister-in-law, Vera Lias of Detroit, MI, one aunt, Dorothy Johnson of Buffalo, NY, one uncle, Andrew Lias of Shelby, MS; longtime companion of 14 years, Jackie Saddler, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Family will receive friends 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 10, 2019 at Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 665 Michigan Ave., Buffalo, New York 14203. Funeral to follow at 12 noon.
Interment Ridgelawn Cemetery, Cheektowaga, New York.
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