Born Deborah Renee "Nafeesah" Wilkins on May 17, 1954, to her parents the late Clarence Jones and Geraldine Lewis, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Nafeesah was the youngest sister of six siblings.
Nafessah is preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Geraldine; her sister, Vivian; and two great-grandchildren, Rasul Jr., and Jaelyn. Nafeesah's memories are cherished by her four sons. Curtis, Rasul, Elamin and Jihad; fifteen grandchildren, Nafessah, Jasmynn, Shacore, Rasul, Zikera, Rashad, Haneef, Jihzaiah, Xylee, Jihzelle, Jihad, Janaya, Semaj, Sanai, and Amir; seven great-grandchildren, Jade, Ahsiyaa, Jasmine, Kysir, Kylie, Zaniyaa and Shacore; four brothers, a brother-in-law and four sister-in-law, Junie, Lydia, Kenneth, Sandra, William, Jay, Parnell, Kim and William; an abundance of nieces and nephews, including her playing partner, nephew, Curtie Curt; and extended sons, Mike and Zeek; her three God sisters, Irene, Candy and Faye; and a few of her closest friends, Anara, Salimah and Bill.