Naim Cash was born in Bridgeport, CT on November 20, 1982. He transitioned on August 22, 2023 in his home in Swannanoa, NC. His memory will be cherished and remembered by his mother Pertrinea Cash, his stepfather Warren Deedon, his loving brother and confidant Brandon Cash-Deedon, his life partner Chasidy Jethro, his children Jahmere and Jasenia, and his bonus daughters Jamaya, Jaleah, and Janaya. Additionally, Naim is survived by his father, Leon Woods (Gracie), and his paternal siblings
He was supported on this earthly journey by special friends and family. His Godmother, the late Mattie Johnson, nurtured and supported Naim throughout the trials and tribulations of his life.
Naim attended Bridgeport Public Schools and he graduated from Central Magnet High School where he participated in many student activities including the Drama Club, the Art Club, and the Debate Team. He was the first youth representative to serve on the Board of Directors for the former Bridgeport Greater United Way, and he was a representative on RYASAP. He also served as a soccer coach for the Bridgeport American Youth Soccer Organization.
Naim was a member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 8. He attained the highest rank of Eagle Scout upon the completion of his service project which was to plan, organize, lead and manage the construction of a playground at Park City Magnet School in Bridgeport. As a Boy Scout, he traveled to the World Jamboree in Japan, Brazil and Camp Philmont in New Mexico.
At an early age, he developed a passion for the arts, especially abstract painting and drawing.
He enjoyed camping, fishing, swimming, skateboarding and rollerblading.
He attended seminars and retreats on metaphysics to strengthen his spiritual path. He studied the teachings of Dr. Sebi.
After high school, Naim matriculated at Virginia Commonwealth University, graduating with a BA in Art with a concentration in Graphic Design. He worked in the hospitality industry as an assistant general manager for Hilton and Holiday Inn hotels in Richmond, Virginia and Asheville, North Carolina. He also managed several local art galleries.
He moved to North Carolina and there he met and developed a life long and loving relationship with Chasidy Jethro. Naim was a devoted father-figure to her three daughters. In 2020 they welcomed a son, Jahmere, and in 2021 they welcomed a daughter, Jasenia. He adored all of the children and was dedicated to providing a nurturing and loving home for them in Old Fort, NC.
Naim loved the simple things in life such as playing in the park with the children, attending the older girls’ softball games and taking them to carnivals and amusement parks, teaching them to fish and sharing his love of the arts with them. Janaya, the youngest of the three older girls, loved to shadow him at job sites and put into practice many of the skills that he had taught her.
Naim furthered his education by attaining a certificate in Construction Management which allowed him to work as an independent contractor. He started his own company to support his family during the pandemic.
He did his best to provide for all of their physical, educational and emotional needs, while working numerous jobs to financially support the household.
The pressures of being a father, raising a family and maintaining a home were overwhelming and caused him to battle depression and veer off the path that he envisioned for himself and his family.
Additionally, Naim is survived by his paternal grandmother Doris Carr-Woods, in-laws Sherill and Natona Jethro, two god sisters, numerous aunts and uncles, cousins, colleagues, friends and a special friends of his Asheville Narcotic Alliance on Mental Illness group.
A Memorial Service to honor the life of Naim will be held Tuesday August 29, 2023, at Ninjaville Obstacle Training (128 Swannanoa River Rd Asheville, NC), at 2pm. The service will be live streamed on Avery's Memorial Chapel's Facebook page.