Dianne Ramsey “Diashanna” Fries, 60, departed this earthly life after an illness on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at Hospice & Community Care, Rock Hill. Born June 16, 1953, in Sumter, she was the daughter of Mary Ellen Ramsey Fries and the late Eddie Fries. Diashanna, as she was affectionately called, was reared in a Christian home of her grandparents, the late Rev. David and Elmeta Alston Ramsey. At an early age she joined Wayman Chapel A. M. E. Church.
Dianne received her early education in the Sumter County Public School System, graduating from Hillcrest High School, Class of 1972. She relocated to The Bronx, N. Y. and attended Lehman College, graduating with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She worked in The Bronx at Rosalie Hall for several years, assisting pregnant teen females, mentoring them to create bright futures for themselves and their children. She served as 2nd Mom to many of the neighborhood children growing up in The Bronx. She even welcomed young teen mothers and their children into her home. After retiring, she relocated to Rock Hill, with her companion Ulysses Davis, where she enjoyed gardening and spending time with their grandchildren.
She leaves behind a host of family members to cherish her beloved memories: her mother, Mary Ellen Ramsey Fries of Bowie, MD; her companion, Ulysses Davis of Rock Hill; one daughter, Diashanna Shonniece (Kevin) Smith of Rock Hill; two sons, Shannon (Monishia) Davis of Dalzell and Ulysses Davis of Tampa, FLA; one sister, Tuesday Fries of Bowie, MD; one brother, Timothy (Angel) Fries of Manhattan, NY; eight grandchildren, Imani, Kevin, Khalil, Imari and Imyra Smith, Shania, Micah and Sheldon Davis; three aunts, Maybell Jones of Columbia, Amelia (Dennis) Nickens, Juanita (Elbert) Deas, all of Sumter; two uncles, Lewis Ramsey and Leroy (Marie) Ramsey, all of Sumter; two nephews; one niece; a host of other relatives and friends. Her presence will truly be missed.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p. m., Saturday, January 18, 2014 from the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel, Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter with the Reverend Roosevelt L. Williams, officiating, eulogist, Minister Patrick Outler, presiding.
The family is receiving friends and relatives at the home of her son, Shannon Davis, 4910 Moye Street, Dalzell.
The funeral procession will leave from the home of her son at 12:20 p. m.
Floral bearers and Pall bearers will be cousins.
Burial will be in the Wayman Chapel A. M. E. Church Yard Cemetery, 160 North Kings Highway, Sumter.