Diane Lee Peele Kimbrough

Published 9:43 am Tuesday, January 9, 2024

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KELFORD, NC – Diane Lee Peele, born on March 4, 1942, to the late George Edward Peele and Diana Lewter Peele, was an only child who embarked on a life filled with purpose and service. She attended high school at Palmer Memorial Institute in Sedalia, North Carolina, and later graduated from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1963.

In Tennessee, Diane met Emmett Nathan Kimbrough, whom she married in 1965. They resided in Chicago, Illinois, until the birth of their first daughter, Assata Nefertari. Following Assata’s arrival, they moved to North Carolina to enlist the support of Diane’s parents in raising their family. Later, they welcomed their second daughter, Jamila Nataki, on their 12th wedding anniversary.

Diane continued her education journey, obtaining a master’s degree in counseling from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1980. Her commitment to education mirrored her dedication to her career in social services, which began in Chicago and later flourished during her 34-year tenure at Roanoke Chowan Community College until her retirement in 2006.

A faithful, devoted member of Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Diane served as a Deacon and was actively involved in various ministries, including Food Service, Pastor’s Aide, Susie Creecy Missionary Circle, and the Women’s Ministry. Notably, she faithfully fulfilled the role of Church Clerk for an impressive 47 years, from 1976 until 2023.

Inspired by her mother, Diane was a dedicated community servant at heart, always giving back to those in need. Her love languages were feeding others and meeting the needs of others. Called to service, in 1988, she became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

She leaves behind cherished memories for her daughters, Assata (Eddie Jr.) Buffaloe and Jamila (Rhynda Jr.) Riddick; god-sons Ray Felton and Jeffrey Felton; grandsons, and a host of relatives and friends.

In celebrating Diane’s life, let us remember her enduring legacy of love, service, and commitment to family and community. May she rest in eternal peace.

The funeral arrangements are as follows.


Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Omega Omega Service – 5:30 PM

Visitation – 6:00 – 7:00 PM


Thursday, January 11, 2024

Final Viewing – 10:00 AM

Funeral – 11:00 AM

All services will be held at

Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church

102 Mt. Olive Road

Windsor, NC 27983.

Professional services have been entrusted to Reynolds Funeral Home, Ahoskie, NC.