Jelani Parkins

Passed away on September 5, 2010

Arrangements under the direction of Lanterman & Allen Funeral Home, East Stroudsburg, PA.


  • Memorial Service Friday, September 10, 2010
  • Visitation Sunday, September 5, 2010

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Doreen Parkins

September 5, 2017

Dearest Jelani
It's been 7 long years since we've physically seen your beautiful face but we still see you vividly in our minds. We still see your beautiful smile and your signature screw face too! We can still hear your powerful voice and big, loud laughter and our love for you still grows!
Although the sadness of knowing that you're physically gone has never left us, we're so happy to have voice recordings and videos that we so often watch and listen to. We're so thankful that there are lots of photos of you to share. We all cherish the wonderful memories that you've left us with. We'll continue to speak your name and talk about the things we shared that made us laugh when you were alive and will still make us laugh for as long as we live. So many people still speak so fondly of you and also cherish your memory!

The kids of the family are growing nicely and it's so heartwarming to hear them still sharing their favorite memories of times they shared with you, "Uncle Jean P."
Our little Rainyn (Kareem's youngest son) who just turned 6 and knows all about you, recently looked at a memorial brick that I have for you in our yard and lamented how sad he is that he didn't get to meet you because he wasn't born when you were alive. Jelani, you can rest assured that as our family grows, your memory and your legacy will be shared with all!

Omari had a son and he named him N'kosi!
I must not forget to say that Birdock, Akot and two of your other dogs are still with us/ Gyasi and his family!
I'm pretty sure you already know all of what I'm saying here but your mother is still the same... I just had to say all of this! Haha!
I'm sure everyone is personally telling you of their new happenings as time goes on.

We hope you've met up with all of our good family, friends, and animals that have crossed over before you, as well as the ones that have crossed after you. We hope you're in great company!
We'll see you when we get there but until then, we will forever love and miss you and you will be carried in our hearts Forever, my son. Continue to watch over us and keep on sending us those signs!

Jelani, May you forever, Rest In Peace and Love,
Mommy, Daddy, Kareem, Gyasi, Najwa and Gram'ma

Amy Diaz

July 15, 2017

Happy Birthday, I know your making jokes up there with a whole bunch of animals.

Doreen Parkins

September 5, 2016

Dearest Jelani
It's been six long years since you physically left us and it hasn't gotten any better for me. I miss you more and more each day. There are no words to explain how I feel without you being here! I love you endlessly. You're always in my thoughts and for as long as I live I will carry you in my heart ❤ A couple weeks ago Gyasi gave me your last pair of sneakers. I keep them by the front door where I can see them every time I come in and go out the door! We all constantly and lovingly speak of you and share all the memories of you with each other. The kids all love to hear the stories about your life and they love to share their own memories of the time they spent with you! Our other family members and your friends all keep you close in their hearts as well. Birdock is doing well and also misses you. He still calls your name. Lots of good things have been happening for Kareem & Gyasi. Najwa received her Masters of Science degree in professional writing from NYU this May and she just got a job teaching voice at Temple University. She continues to perform live and she will also be inducted into the East Stroudsburg School District 's Music Hall of Fame this year! I'm sure you're proud of your brothers and sister. I wish you were here in the flesh to share in our lives and for us to share in your success as well .
So long for now My Baby
Continue to watch over us as we move through this life without you. We'll be Forever loving you! Rest in peace Jelani ❤
Love , hugs and kisses , Mommy, Daddy, Kareem, Gyasi, Najwa, Gram'ma and all the kids

Doreen Parkins

July 15, 2016

Dearest Jelani
I wrote a very long message to you earlier but for some reason it didn't take Please forgive me. Najwa called before I completed the delivery so that's probably what happened. Anyway yesterday I posted a birthday message for you and Gyasi along with a photo of the both of you on what is called Instagram. I'm sure you'd be using that if you were here!
Birthdays just aren't the same for Gyasi anymore since you've been gone. Anyway, everyone is doing ok but missing you madly. Knotz is coming along well & good things are hopefully on the way for both Kareem & Gyasi ! Najwa graduated from NYU in May with her Master of Science degree in Professional Writing. The kids always speak of you & Birdock still calls your name.
Bye for now.
Rest In Peace Jelani, baby ❤
We will always love you & carry you in our hearts & thoughts for as long as we live.
❤ Mommy, Daddy , Kareem, Gyasi, Najwa and the whole family.

Amy Diaz

July 13, 2016

Happy Birthday Jelani, you are forever in our thoughts and hearts.


Doreen Parkins

September 5, 2015

Dearest Jelani
I couldn't go without writing this message today but I didnt know I would be doing so at 3am,
It's been 5 years today since you departed this life and we miss you even more as time goes by. We can honestly say that this is one wound that time has not healed. We continue the struggle to move along in life because we need to and because we know that's what you'd want us to do. Great things are happening as Kareem, Gyasi & Najwa keep things moving! The little ones are working hard too. We're sure you already know that but we wish you could be here in the flesh to share with us. We will always keep you alive in our hearts and in our thoughts as we continue to share and relive sweet memories of you. No one can ever take that away from us! Your unique laughter, your voice & your truths still ring out loud & clear! We still see your face ...your bright smile & your screw face too! We remember your swagger etc etc. Lol .
Sweet dreams baby though we know you hardly sleep. We're keeping it real as you've always done. Thank you for all you've given us and others!
Your legacy will linger on!
Love always, Mommy, Daddy, Kareem, Gyasi, Najwa & the rest of your loving family & true friends

Doreen Parkins

July 13, 2015

Dearest Jelani
Another birthday without you here. Wish you could tell me what it's like where you are. We hope you're ok, We miss you even more as the years go by. I'm sure Gyasi is missing those special birthday bashes he's shared with you since he was born up until you departed this life. Our family also misses those days. We miss all the other great, fun & not so fun times we all shared with you as well. We will hold on to tthose great memories. The kids speak of you & the great memories you left them with to cherish forever! Your many good friends also keep cherished memories of you close in their hearts & speak about you often!
We will forever love & miss you and we will carry you in our hearts FOREVER!! ❤❤❤❤❤❤. Although there is a deep hole now there will always be the six of us as far as we're concerned. Keep watching over us! Yes, Burdock still calls out your name..." Jelani ! "
We are thankful for the years you spent with us but wish we had more!
We love you Jelani !!
Mommy, Daddy, Kareem, Gyasi, Najwa & the rest of your loving family.

Doreen Parkins

July 13, 2014

Dearest Jelani
Oh how we miss having you here to share your birthday with you today. Your brother, Gyasi, I'm sure is not having a truly happy birthday today as he will always miss celebrating this day together with you.
We cherish the lessons you have taught us & the great memories of times we've shared with you.
Mommy, Daddy, Kareem, Gyasi & Najwa & the rest of your loving family & friends.

We're sure All your animals are missing you as well.

Denise Domotor

February 18, 2014

Dear Parkins Family,
I don't understand how I did not know that you had had such a devastating loss in your lives. I know that I must have "run into" you, Mrs. Parkins and your beautiful Najwa at some time or other since Jelani's passing, and I so wish I had been able to tell you how very sorry I am for your loss.
I never met Jelani, but even though I did not know him, I know that he was blessed to have you as his loving mother and Najwa as his beautiful sister. I don't believe that I've ever met your husband and other children, but I'm sure they are just a lovely as you and Naj! Jelani was indeed blessed.
Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, even though it is after all this time.
Much love,
Denise (and Kendra) Domotor

October 26, 2013

Jelani lives forever in our hearts. His gentle soul is his legacy. His life though short has impacted all who knew him ... and all who knew him love him still. Love transends all.