April 27, 1934 - June 18, 2019
James Edward Smallins Sr. 85, of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. Loving husband for 62 years, of Roberta passed away on June 18, 2019. Father of James Jr. and Robert, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was born on April 27th in Shelbyville, Tennessee, but moved to Evansville, Indiana with his brother Charles where he was raised. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Evansville, the University of Evansville, and he excelled in Basketball, Track, among multiple other sports. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the University of Evansville in addition to the Tri-State Hall of Fame. Jim and Roberta moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1957 where he began a career in education and coaching in various sports at Lincoln High School in Milwaukee. His coaching career included 2 state championships in basketball and he was inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Hall of Fame. After retirement, Jim continued his love of basketball by coaching at Holy Family Church and Whitefish Bay High School. Jim built his life around his love of family, his students, many friends, and community. His deep love, integrity, and strength will be greatly missed. His wife requests many prayers.
Visitation will take place from 11:00 AM until time of remembrances from family and friends at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at Wisconsin Memorial Park, Chapel of the Chimes, 13235 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield, WI. Entombment to follow.