Deshawni Dione Townsend

Deshawni Dione Townsend, age 2, of Forrest City, died Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 at the Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock. Deshawni, who was also affectionately known as Ma Bear, was born on Nov. 10, 2014 to Roderick and Alice Townsend.

Deshawni was a happy, smiling and also feisty baby. She was loved by her family. She was christened by the late Rev. Kenneth Perkins at Mt. Gillian M.B. Church at Holub Crossing shortly after her birth. She was the center of attention among her church family.

Deshawni was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents and paternal grandfather.

She leaves to cherish her memory her parents; two sisters, De'dra (Lesean) Jones of Mesquite, Texas; Diamond Townsend of the home; two brothers, Rashawn Townsend of Jonesboro and Dontarius Townsend of the home; two nieces, a nephew and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be held Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Kincaid Funeral Services, 2615 S. Washington Street, Forrest City.

Funeral services for Deshawni will be held Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at 2 p.m., at the New Light M.B. Church, with Rev. Theodore Austin delivering the eulogy. Burial will follow in the Forrest Park Cemetery, under the direction of Kincaid Funeral Services, Inc.

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