LaShonda Michelle Young was born into this life on January 17, 1974 in Prescott, Arkansas to Alfonzo Charles Young and Murdella Purifoy. LaShonda "Pooh" was a sweet and loving child who had a tender heart. As a little girl she was baptized and united with St. John Baptist Church. She later united with Sweet Home Baptist Church under the leadership of her father Rev. Charles Young. She was an exemplary student at Prescott School where she graduated in 1993. She was very outgoing and made friends with ease. LaShonda knew the value and worth of being a true friend. She loved being in the company of family and friends; and was often the center of attention and the life of the party. Her greatest joy was the birth of her daughter “Neka”. She was her life and she loved being her mother. She took that role seriously and wanted to make sure that she received all of the love and affection she deserved. LaShonda worked several jobs throughout her life including Husqvarna, Prescott Manor, Pizza Hut, Split Rail and Firestone where she operated the forklift, ran machines, calendar operator, wind up operator, assembly operator and extruder operator. She was a hard working woman on Line 3 and was never afraid of a challenge on any job. LaShonda was that laid back, fun loving friend. People were drawn to her personality and genuine friendship. She had her own style from house shoes to pajamas. Those who knew her loved her unconditionally. Her favorite color was orange, she was known for her famous words “and it is”, “Monkey”, “what”, “That one right there…that’s mine” and she could often be found at home with her dog watching Lifetime Network and Law & Order. One of her favorite songs was “One Wing.” On Tuesday, December 13, 2016 in her 42nd season of life this beautiful angel dawned her wings for the heavens. Her loving smile, gentle touch and tender heart will be cherished by those who were fortunate enough to cross her path. She was preceded in death by her brother, Dewillis Young. Though she is no longer with us in body; her irreplaceable presence will be deeply missed by her daughter, Shanequa “Neka” Box and two grandchildren, Jahiem Purifoy and Kynlee Purifoy all of Sherwood, AR; her father and step-mother, Alfonzo Charles (Delia Ann) Young of Prescott, and her mother, Murdella Purifoy Young of Ashdown; a special friend, Antonio Flemons of Prescott, AR; three sisters, Sheria (Charles) Jackson of Prescott, Angela Allen of Ashdown and Kendra D. Young of Dallas; three brothers, Frederick C. Young of Prescott, Brandon M. Young of Hope, AR and Kendall C. Young of Dallas, TX; a step-sister, Monica Stuart of Hope, AR. She also leaves a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous friends.