Jermaine Lee Dean was born on May 12, 1989, in Trenton, New Jersey. He was born a preemie weighing one and a half pounds. When the doctors thought No, GOD said, Yes. He departed this life on August 21, 2021, thirty-two blessed years later leaving behind so many great memories.
Jermaine loved spending time with family and friends and he made everyone feel welcomed around him. He was a son, a brother, a nephew, an uncle, a cousin and a good friend. Most importantly, he was a child of GOD, and was baptized at an early age.
He was educated in the Hamilton Township Public School System in New Jersey, grades K-9. In 2004, Jermaine and his mom relocated to Clayton, N.C. where he graduated from Clayton High School with the Class of 2007.
After graduation, Jermaine worked many jobs until he decided to start a career in the trucking industry. One of his proudest moments was when he obtained his CDL driver’s license. This allowed him to travel and see many parts of the USA that he may not have had the opportunity to see otherwise. It also strengthened his knowledge of geography - Jeopardy…anyone? He often shared photos of his travels and the delicious meals he had along the way. He was last employed with Abilene Motor Express, LLC.
Jermaine was full of life, he never learned to whisper, his big bright eyes would light up the room, he had a laugh that could be heard far and wide, a contagious smile that made anyone smile with him, an appetite that exceeded the grocery budget, and a heart of gold whether he was giving his things away or if the things he was giving away belonged to someone else. A man with many AKA’s—SHEEK, MAINE, UNCLE DADDY, MAINEY, SHEEKZILLA, THE GROUCH, and there could be more.
Jermaine loved playing basketball, football and other sports while growing up. As he got older, he found it more convenient to play sports on his PlayStation. He enjoyed cooking, playing cards, relaxing, shopping, eating good food, listening to music and singing around the house and in the shower. He also had an amazing R&B voice.
Sheek devoted a large amount of his time to his 11 Entertainment family. With a smile, he played many roles as needed, VP of Tsunami Gang Clothing, Road Manager, A&R, and Security. “Sheek was the true definition of brotherhood and loyalty. He was the glue that kept the team together”—Marc Law, CEO
Jermaine was predeceased by his great grandmothers Cora George and Lillie Mae McKoy, grandmothers Lee O. Davis and Mary Dean, his grandfather Gerome George Jr, his aunts Cassandra S. Davis and Genethia F. Jones, Mary E. Simpson and Lucy McKoy, uncles Samuel McKoy, Jessie McKoy, Amos Dean, Thaddeus Simpson, and a dear cousin Shakira A. Bellamy.
He is survived by his parents Cora L. McKoy of Clayton, NC and Lawrence W. Dean of Lawrenceville, NJ, a sister Onyxx Noel (Newark, DE), aunts Lucretia A. Davis, Jeanette Dean, Evette Rambough all of Trenton, NJ, Brenda Miller (John) of Ewing, NJ, and Sherine Leake (Ed) of Apex, NC, uncles Archie Leon Davis (Lisa), Alfred Harold Jones, Jr. of Ewing, NJ, Julius D McKoy of Kelly, NC, Larry McKoy (Velma) of Currie, NC, Tyrone Dean (Edith), of Charlotte, NC, Darryl Dean (Linda) of Atlanta, GA, sister like cousins, Niya Davis Campbell of Clayton, NC and Aneira Davis of Trenton, NJ, a nephew Azir Smith, a niece Azahya Smith, and a host of cousins, family and special friends.
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