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Desmond Li’man Dowdy aka “Dez”, age 23 was born March 7, 1995 to Larry and Tamekia Dowdy. He transitioned this earthly life to his eternal home on October 24, 2018. Desmond attended Lee, Harnett, Chatham and Cumberland County schools where he achieved high academic status while serving as an outstanding student with top honors from elementary through middle and high school years. He received his high school diploma from Fayetteville Technical Community College. He later attended Central Carolina Community College where he majored in Computer Engineering Technology with the tentative plan of completion for the Spring semester of 2019. In addition to his many academic achievements, from the age of 12 years old Desmond had a passion for music, demonstrating great talents in this area of his life which led to his outstanding his acclaim as an up and rising musical artist, he went by the name “Yung Dez Tha Bo$$” and was recognized by Google as a musical artist coupled with other music celebrities. Many people were touched by Desmond’s musical gift as they too could recognize this special gift that he had possessed since a young child. Desmond won many competitions where he competed against people his senior and was recognized for this among many other musical talents. He was an outstanding boxer where he trained at Rocky’s Boxing Program in Sanford. Desmond was an outdoorsman who loved fishing and grilling out. Desmond had a passion for people and put a lot energy into making others happy. He would often put the needs of others before his own. Desmond would often reflect on his religious upbringing when helping and encouraging others. He loved God and always glorified His name especially during difficult times and in the midst of helping others. His passion for others led to him collecting money, clothes and shoes for the less fortunate. He would even give away his own personal items to those who didn’t have or for some reason could not afford it.
Desmond was employed by Tyson Enterprises in addition to operating his own music production company, Yung Dez Music. In addition, Desmond assisted his mother in overseeing an afterschool program referred to as the creative arts and song writing program where he worked students on the creation of music and songwriting. Desmond had a strong love for his family especially his son, Aiden; brother, Ryk” and paternal grandmother Teresa Williams Allen who assisted in his upbringing and adored him immensely.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Margaret Ann Foxx and his paternal grandfather, Larry Wesley Dowdy.
Desmond leaves to cherish his loving memories: his mother and father, Larry and Tamekia Dowdy of the home; a beloved son, Aiden Kellam of Sanford, NC; three sisters, Martasia Dowdy of the home, Tazjmiqua Fletcher of New York and Crystal Minter of Raleigh, NC; one loving brother, LarryK Dowdy of the home; grandparents, Teresa Allen of Bear Creek, NC, John Jackson (Darlene) of Sanford, NC; Lester Whitted Sr. (Linda) of Mebane, NC, great-grandparents, Alice Williams of Sanford, NC and Henry and Ellen Brewington of Johnsonville, NC; three aunts, Shamekia Powell of Johnsonville, NC, Diann Solomon (Dwayne) of Sanford, NC, Cotillion Ross (Ronald) of Cleveland, OH; four uncles, Darrell Williams(Anne) of Sanford, NC; Zacharus Fox and Lester Whitted of Johnsonville, NC and Ali Jackson of Sanford, NC; nephew, Braelynn Council; special cousins, Dynasti Murphy, Brian Murphy, D-Erik Crump, Dorian Simmons, Terrell Pulley, Margrianna Mclain, Maurice Mclain, Donovan Powell and De’Vae Powell; godparents, Derrick Tyson and Stephanie Mellette; a special nephew/cousin, Jayden Murphy-Haynes; special friends, Bruno Goins, Riley Whitehead and Quan McKoy and a host of aunts, uncles, friends and extended family.