Carnations 5

Wanda Dureese Barksdale

August 4, 1956 ~ December 21, 2021 (age 65)


Wanda Dureese Barksdale was called home in the early morning hours on December 21, 2021.

Wanda was born on August 4, 1956, in The Bronx, New York to the late Roman Sr. and Bertha Barksdale.  She was the second child of four children (Carolyn Hill, the eldest child aka (Carol), Deborah Barksdale, aka (Debbie), the youngest girl, and Roman Barksdale Jr. aka (Butch) the youngest sibling and there only brother. Siblings Carol and Debbie preceded her in passing.


She received her education in the NYC public school system, attending P.S. 25, I.S. 155, Benjamin Franklin H.S, and S.U.N.Y Purchase College. She was also raised in the St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church.

Wanda became a mother to her three (3) loving children the eldest Amin Blacknall aka (Boo), the middle child Terry Barksdale, and the youngest child Barny.

After college she was employed with the Timex Watch Company for many years. Then, Wanda found her passion in cooking, and later pursued a degree from the Culinary Arts, and worked many more years in the kitchen at Phoenix House.

Wanda loved and cherished her family and friends, cooking, reading, and playing cards.  She was always looking out for her siblings, shared family stories, and loved spending time with family especially when she was cooking for family gatherings and celebrations. She was an avid reader.  Wanda surely loved playing cards; specifically Spades and Poker. She was a big time trash talker taunting her opponents during the game. Although, she had a sharp tongue, she had a soft heart.  Everyone who knew Wanda, they all will honestly say that her bark was worse
than her bite.


Wanda was a proud, loving, and caring person, a devoted mother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who was always thinking of others first. “To know her was to love her”.

Wanda leaves to cherish her loving memory, her children (Amin, Terry, and Boonie), grandchildren (Amin and  Tamia), her brother (Roman Jr. and Wife Kim), nieces, Rhonda Hill, Tyesha Barksdale, Tasheena Barksdale, and Tiffany Barksdale Grandniece Tahorah Collier, nephews, Roman Barksdale the 3d and with Grandnephew Arjay Barksdale. Her remaining aunts are Gracie Cooke, godmother Barbara Jean Coulter; along with Nora Norwood.
Remaining uncles are Steward Cooke, Cliff and Jerry Barksdale. Along with a host of other loving family members and friends.

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