Mary Dianne Payne Lee

May 7, 1942 - July 14, 2023
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Tuesday 7/18, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Greenville, SC 29601
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Mary Dianne Payne Lee, 81, wife of the late Edgar Terrell Lee, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 14, 2023. Born in Winston-Salem, NC, she was the oldest of the three children of the late John Wesley and Mary Belle Clinard Payne. After graduating from Women’s College (currently the University of North Carolina at Greensboro)Continue Reading

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Linda Craven Elliott left a message on July 30, 2023:
Special condolences to the friends and family of Diane. She was my best friend in school, 12 years from elementary through high school, Ledford high School. A brilliant student, she was also lots of fun and had a winning personality. Very sad to hear of her passing.
Shawnee B Boyle left a message on July 18, 2023:
Elisabeth, Susannah, and family, we are so sorry for your loss. May God give you all Peace that surpasses all understanding. Your mother was a woman of integrity, sophistication, and a little bit of sass all in one! She embodied a true southern bell. Prayers lifted for you all during this difficult time! Big hugs I will never forget your mothers first trip to Big John’s. She was not impressed in the least. She promptly walked over to me, grabbed me by my ear, and proceeded to escort me out of said establishment rather quickly!!! She gave me a strong talking to, “Young ladies do not hang out in establishments such as this one! Your mother would not be impressed, nor am I!” Still to do this day, I think of her every time we step foot in Big John’s! Susannah laughed and laughed because it was so funny, and honestly it was very amusing! Rest in Peace Mrs Lee. Love, Shawnee
Mindy Epps left a message on July 18, 2023:
Mrs. Lee was my English teacher at Lexington High School in 1979. She was my favorite teacher and I loved English because of her. Thoughts and prayers for the family.
Fleet McLellan left a message on July 18, 2023:
We are so sorry for the passing of this GOOD woman, after one of the floods or hurricanes she called to offer Sylvia and I shelter at her home, fortunately we had not suffered any damage but she called and made the offer none the less. May she rest in peace. Fleet McLellan
Shay Rollins left a message on July 18, 2023:
Dianne was such a great person to work with. She was a total team player. She was so smart and did a great job as both a teacher and a administrator. She had a really good sense of humor. She truly made LHS a better place to work. She will be sorely missed.
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Joe Bedenbaugh left a message on July 17, 2023:
Diane was an important part of the Best Team of Educators to ever provide superior leadership to Lexington High School before , during,and after my watch as Principal.Her advice was always outstanding and on point!!!It was my privilege to work with her. Joe Bedenbaugh
Ismahen Kadrie left a message on July 17, 2023:
Mama D was my South Carolina mom and a role model form me as I graduated from College Of Charleston with an elementary education degree . Liz was my roommate for 8 years and is my best friend and big sister, while Susannah too was another big sister to me. My favorite memory, although there are many as I spent lots of weekends and holidays with the Lee family, was my first visit to Dianne’s church in Columbia . As I had never been to a church, I was wearing a sleeveless short dress not appropriate for church yet mama D loved me that she did not want to judge . Susannah and Liz thought it would be funny to watch me carry the Easter Lillies down the aisle . Needless to say mama D gave them one look and they knew she was not happy with them for exposing me in this way .
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