Darrylon "Diane" Lee was the second of eleven children born to the late Isaiah Lee, Sr. and Rose Ella Howard Lee, the first of a set of twins born on July 12, 1949. She spent her formative years in the Bunch Village neighborhood of Metairie, LA and attended public schools in the New Orleans Metropolitan area. Darrylon was a 1967 graduate of Walter L. Cohen Senior High School. She later attended Delgado Community College before finishing her ministerial studies at Greater St. Stephen School of Ministry. Darrylon worked in customer service for over 35 years and was active in her roles at South Central Bell/BellSouth, where she was often recognized for her outstanding service. While at BellSouth, she was often tasked with training new employees. She was a faithful union member and union representative for Community Workers Association (CWA) #3410 for 25 years. Once Darrylon retired from BellSouth, God had another plan for her life. She involved herself in ministry full time, including mission work both locally and internationally. Darrylon loved to cook and entertain and it showed. She opened her home to many – from her spiritual friends to family- to her son's friends, and all looked forward to her delicious meals and hospitality. As a member of Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church, Darrylon's passion and love of service were instrumental in leading her to become a co-founder of the First Family Support Ministry, providing meals and other support to the First Family as needed. She was also an active member of the Ministerial Alliance, New Members Ministry, the Protocol Ministry, an original Board Member of the Women of Excellence and one of the first Elders ordained at the church. No matter where she lived Darrylon sought out a church home where she could carry out God`s plan for her. While in Atlanta, she worked at the New Mercies Church where Jesse Curney, III led the congregation. While there, she served as an Elder in leadership, supporting the Pastoral Care, Protocol and Prayer Ministries. In Stone Mountain, GA she served under Pastor Kevin Lee at the Berean Christian Church where she facilitated MasterLife Discipleship Training and was an active member of the Prayer Ministry and Hospitality. Having moved home to New Orleans, Darrylon placed her membership with Franklin Avenue Baptist Church under the pastorship of Rev. Fred Luter where she was a member of the Heritage Choir, the New Members Ministry and the Senior Soldiers. Darrylon also faithfully led a prayer call every Wednesday that was listened to by many across the United States. Darrylon never met a stranger and had a way of connecting with people from all walks of life and in any setting. She took pleasure in ministering to others and helping newer members to the body of Christ grow in their relationship with God. She will be remembered for her encouraging words, her infectious smile and her motherly nature, (which she learned early as the oldest girl helping her mother with her siblings), her quick wit, her sense of fashion and her footwork. Darrylon loved to dance for the Lord. Not even health challenges could keep her from giving God praise. Darrylon met Clarence Johns and after a four year courtship they were joined in Holy Matrimony on March 6, 1971. This union was blessed with two children, a son, Clarence II and a daughter, Petrina. Darrylon departed this life peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, August 6, 2020. Those left to cherish precious memories are her son, Clarence, II (Lisa) and daughter, Petrina (Jay); grandchildren, Rashad Johns, Xavier Lewis, Clarence T. Johns and Joshua Johns; siblings, Gwendolyn, Terry, Sr., Richard, Charletta and Anthony; a devoted cousin, Deborah Gaines; spiritual sisters and best friends, Cheryl Russell and Sandra Wilkins; Leontine Dennis and Dorothy Mays, affectionately known as her ""big"" sisters; spiritual daughter, Monica Woodward, As well as a host of other family, friends and prayer partners. In addition to her parents, Darrylon was also preceded in death by her siblings, Isaiah, Jr., her twin Darryl, Harold, Bennie, Sr. and Sharon. A Funeral Service (ATTENDEES LIMITED TO INVITE ONLY) honoring the life of Darrylon "Diane" Lee will be held at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, 8282 I-10 Service Road, New Orleans, LA 70126 on Friday, August 14, 2020 at 10 AM, Pastor Fred Luter, Officiating. Visitation 9 AM IN THE CHURCH. Services will be live streamed at www.franklinabc.com.
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