NEW YORK -- The funeral for Dianne Singletary, 53, of New York, will be held at noon July 15, 2019, at Mt. Olive AME Church, Holly Hill, with the Rev. Dr. Linda Hill officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Dianne Singletary was born in St. George, South Carolina, on Dec. 14, 1966, to the late Augustus Singletary and Georgia Singletary-Smalls. Dianne was raised in New York City from the tender age of 2 years old.
Dianne received her education at P.S. 55 (elementary), Wagner Middle School and Julia Richman High School. Dianne graduated from Julia Richman High School in 1984. She attended two years of college at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) and received her AAS degree.
Dianne held various jobs during her career. Her first job was at Franco, where she worked for 10 years as an administrative assistant. She later moved into the field of insurance and then later the educational field. She was employed at Harlem Children's Zone for almost 10 years as a data specialist before she became ill.
In 1977, Dianne joined St. James AME Church under the pastor and church founder, the late Rev. James River. Upon joining the church, she became a member of the Junior Usher Board, the Youth Choir and the YPD. She was a graduate from the YPD to Missionary Society.
Over the years, Dianne served as church school superintendent, member of Christian Education Department, member of the Senior Usher Board, Guardian of the Junior Usher Board, YPD (member and President), Ruth Johnson Missionary Society (Secretary), Stewardess (member and president) and Lay Organization (Director of Lay Activities). Dianne served her church faithfully until her health began to fail.
Dianne was a very giving, caring, fun and driven person.
She was loved by all who knew her. She would go above and beyond for anyone. She was always sacrificing to help others and to make people happy. She loved her family fiercely, especially her daughter Shinnelle. Dianne enjoyed listening to music, reading novels, watching soap operas, game shows, sitcoms and traveling.
She was preceded in death by her father, Augustus Singletary; her aunt, Mary Alice and uncle William Pelzer.
She leaves to cherish her precious memories her beloved daughter, Shinnelle Singleton of New York; devoted loving parents, Georgia Smalls (Joseph Smalls) of Bowman, her beloved sisters, Ms. Carol Singletary of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Ms. Tyshelle Smalls of New York, and Willa Pelzer (cousin/sister); her beloved brothers, Eddie Goodwin (Theresa Goodwin) and Anthony Goodwin of Oxon Hill, Maryland, Augustus Singletary II of Columbia, Joseph L. Smalls, Kendall Smalls (Vivian) and Watson Hollingsworth of New York; godbrother, Robert Morris; aunts, Mrs. Ethel Pelzer of St. George, Mrs. Carol Sessaso of Harlem, New York, Jessie Roland, Mrs. Hattie Lee Green of Bowman and Mrs. Mattie Williams of Bowman; uncles, Thomas Washington (Mary Alice) of Bowman, Clifford Pelzer (Virginia) of Orangeburg, and Joseph Washington of Rowesville, and a special uncle, Wilford Pelzer; nieces, Lorrell, Jelissa, Njeri, Maia, Diamond, Amythesis, Pria, Caydence, Ronetta and Julia; nephews, Brandon, Joseph, Jabari, Blake and Ethan Godson, and Glenford Williams; and also survived by numerous relatives and friends as well as the St. James AME Church family.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Owens Funeral Home of Branchville, 1707 Reeves Branch Road.