Imani's Story

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Imani Charles Washington Asante, affectionately known as Carl Washington, was born March 9, 1954 in Vance, Miss. His parents were Lucious Washington and Martha Hoskins. They were the parents of eight children: Jack Jackson, Jerry Givens, Imani (Carl) Washington, Dianne Washington, Cathy Washington (Bell), Steve Washington, and Deena Washington (McCelland).
Imani (Carl Washington) Asante was preceded in death by his mother and father; mother-in-law, Leatrice Newsome Williams; and three siblings, Jack, Jerry, and Patty.
Imani (Carl Washington) moved from Vance, Miss. when he was 16 years old. From an early age, family was very important to him. He worked very hard to assist with his family. In 1974, he enlisted into the United States Marines where he served and was injured and received an Honorable Discharge.
When he was 18 years old, he met his wife, Gloria G. Newsome. They remained together for 42 years and married in May of 2016. They have four children together: Marquese Newsome, Shelonda Newsome (Scottie Kirk), Niasha Newsome Parker (Ryan Parker), and Terrance Newsome. All were born in Danville. He was also blessed with 10 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and another one to be born in December.
Imani loved his wife and his children very much and was a great provider. On pay day, he would make his rounds and issue allowances to his grandchildren and his children. Once allowances were issued, he would then ride around and pay bills.
His hobbies were playing various video games, traveling to Mississippi to visit family, watching television and sports.
Imani Charles Washington Asante (Carl Washington) transitioned at Provena Hospital on Sept. 14, at 7:15 p.m. He was being cared for at Gardenview Manor, in Danville, where he was receiving rehabilitation services in order to come back to his home.
Services will be held at 12 noon Sept. 21, at New Life Church of Faith, 1419 North Bowman Ave., Danville. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. until the start of the service. Officiating by Pastor Clyde P. Jones. Interment Danville National Cemetery. Leek & Sons Funeral Home, 304 East Williams Street, Danville, in charge of arrangements. Condolences and memorials may be sent by accessing www.leekandsonsfuneralhome.com.
Published on September 16, 2016
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