Rev. Dr. Nettie Jean Deskins was a phenomenal woman of God. She touched so many lives around the world. She began her lifelong journey of living for and learning about Christ at Reid's Temple Church of God in Christ in Orange, N.J. While serving in several capacities at Reid's Temple, Mother Deskins decided to attend night school at Newark Bible Institute. While pursuing her degree, she worked full time and raised her two children, Barbara (deceased) and Patty. She followed her children's efforts in school, attending every activity with which they were involved.
After graduating with an Associate's Degree, Mother Deskins decided to pursue a Bachelor's Degree. At age 65, Mother Deskins received a Master's Degree of Arts from Baptist Bible College in Shreveport, La., concentrating on religious education and theology. The following year, she received her Doctorate Degree in Biblical Studies and was conferred with honors. Her dissertation was entitled, “The Church – The Body of Christ”. Well known for her evangelistic work, she formed “The Women's Evangelistic Team” in Harrisburg, Pa. They spoke at various churches throughout south central Pennsylvania for several years until her relocation to Arkansas. The ministry touched many lives and several pastors and ministers received their training under her leadership.
Dr. Deskins is the senior mother and “Original Golden Girl” at The Awareness Center International Diversity Institute in Little Rock. She loved her church, especially the first family, and she constantly prayed for them. Dr. Deskins was a true prayer warrior. She is loved and will be missed by many family and friends. Her desire was to spread the Word of God to young and old alike.
On Friday, March 1, 2013 the angels came – God gave consent – lift off! At ease soldier! Welcome home! A life well lived, joined the Heavenly Hosts, when God declared, mission accomplished.
Her husband, Donald Deskins, her children Barbara Ijames, and David and Donna Graham precede her in death. She is also preceded by her granddaughter Kim and great-granddaughter Rakesha.
Dr. Deskins leaves to celebrate her life, daughter, Patricia J. White; a sister, Hazel Royster; grandchildren, Robin Ijames, Vicki (Ijames) Bell and husband, Charles, Scott A. White III, Kelly (White) Allen and husband, Steve, Gina (White) James and husband, Ronnie and grandson, Derrick Ijames. She also leaves to celebrate her transitioning a host of great-grandchildren, Mia, Alexis, Monique, Rakena, Leon, A'Joy, Aaron, Anthony, Trivia, Courtney, Morgan and Adrian, great-great grandchildren; and extended family, the Scott White family of Steelton, Pa. Mema also had special loving grandsons, Andre' Franklin and his wife, Helen and Donrico Colden.
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