Diane P. Mitchell

Sunrise: January 17, 1950

Sunset: January 6, 2022

Remembering the Legacy of Diane P. Mitchell

Diane P. Mitchell was born January 17, 1950, in Pasquotank County, NC. to Pearl James Jackson (deceased) and was reared by her Uncle Andrew James (deceased). After a lengthy battle Diane was called to glory on January 6, 2022.

She was a proud graduate of I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth, VA.  She met the love of her life and current husband Robert Lee Mitchell and was joined in holy matrimony in 2005.

Diane devoted her life to helping and serving others.  She was a foster parent for over 15 years and a mother/grandmother to everyone she met.  She worked as a team leader for Southeastern Virginia Training Center for over 30 years where she trained direct support staff to work with individuals with mental and intellectual disabilities.

Diane was a strong Christian woman who devoted her life to Christ at an early age.  She was a partner at Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church where she served under the leadership of the presiding prelate Bishop Kim W. Brown on the Greeter’s Ministry. Her favorite scripture was Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding”.

Diane is preceded in death by her brothers Earl C. Jackson and Izelle Jackson.  She leaves to continue her legacy 5 children Darryl Powell (Suprenia), Kenneth Powell, Curtis Powell (Lenora), Jorge Mitchell, and Ashley Gregory.  To cherish her memory, she leaves 3 brothers Johnnie Lee Jackson (Mary), Lemar Jackson and William James (Willimina), one Uncle Cecil James and a host of stepchildren, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Lovingly Submitted,

The Family

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    Joan Brown says

    I am so saddened to learn the news of Diane’s passing, She was a very special person in my son Robert’s life at Southeastern. I have many, many fond memories of my visits at the center. Diane and the house always made me feel like family. Sending my deepest sympathy to all of her family and her friends I also know, Mint, Madge and James.

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      Doreen says

      I’m sorry for the loss of your mother. We will continue to pray for comfort.
      Doreen and Kim

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    Kema says

    I would like to send my condolences to the family and friends. Mrs Diane was my first boss at SEVTC she also interviewed me as well. My time was short with her however she was a beautiful soul. Heaven has definitely gained an angel! So for now Diane it’s not good bye it’s see you later. Take your rest Queen❤️

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    Nancy Goff says

    So sorry to hear of Diane’s passing. Diane was one of my work friends at SEVTC, and I loved the friendship we shared. Diane always shared stories of her family and how special they were to her. Sending my sympathy and prayers to her family and friends.

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      Brenda Souder says

      My Condolences to the family and friends of Diana…May God comfort And ease your pain…God bless each and everyone of you.. 🙏🙏

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    Cynthia Hill says

    I will truly miss Mrs. Mitchell.
    My prayers are with you Mr. Mitchell and your family.
    To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord.
    Weeping may endure for a night, but JOY will come in the morning.


    Cynthia Hill, RN

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    Janice J. StLouis says

    Sending Condolences and Prayers to the Family

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    Nancy R. Greene says

    I worked with Diane at SEVTC for many years. My deepest sympathy to the Michell family in the transitioning of your loved one. May you find peace and comfort in all the shared memories to help sustain you
    in the days ahead.

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    Della Doughty-Taylor says

    So sorry for your loss. She absolutely will be missed. Stay strong family!!! Much love to you all . Della Doughty-Taylor and family.

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    Della Doughty-Taylor says

    So sorry for your loss. She absolutely will be missed. Stay strong family!!! Much love to you all .

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    Della Doughty says

    So sorry to hear of this. So sorry for your loss. Diane will truly be missed. 🙏

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