Services for Nakiesha Raphiel will be at 11:00am on Saturday, December 17, 2022, at Abundant Life church, 618 Ben Drive, Natchitoches, LA. Pastor Albert Gillie, Sr will be officiating. Interment will be in St. Matthew Baptist Church Cemetery, Melrose, LA.
Ms. Raphiel, 44, of Shreveport , LA, passed away on December 10, 2022, at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, Shreveport, LA.
Nakiesha N. Raphiel was born April 16, 1978, to the late John L. Hickman and Lola M. Raphiel in Pineville, LA. She was baptized in 1987 under the leadership of Rev. Robinson. Nakiesha attended Natchitoches Central High School and graduated in 1997. She attended the University of Lafayette and then later moved to Houston, TX where she resided for twenty years. Nakiesha moved back to Louisiana in 2019 when she began experiencing health challenges. She will be remembered for her unwavering support of others and her positive attitude. She could walk in any room and make anyone laugh. She was brutally honest and loyal and she will be missed dearly.
She is preceded in death by her father: John Hickman, mother: Lola M. Raphiel, grandparents: Phillip and Irene Raphiel and Perry and Ida Hickman, brothers: Kevin Raphiel and Johnny Hickman.
Nakiesha leaves to cherish her memories- brothers: Joseph Hickman, Donald Raphiel, Ronnie Raphiel, and Raymond Raphiel, sisters: Sheryl Turner, Kathy Raphiel, Cynthia Garner, Joni Mitchell, and Regina Hall.
Visitation will begin at 10:00am at Abundant Life Church.