On February 22, 1990, the world was graced with a beautiful soul, D’Anna Elaine Deal. D’Anna affectionately known as “Don Diva,” was the daughter of Sandra Elaine Deal Jones and Rudolph Laurel. She transitioned into eternal rest on February 26, 2022.
D’Anna was a fine, sweet, and chubby baby. In her youth, she loved to praise dance, sing with the choir, cook, and sew. She was a member of St. Paul CME Church, Walterboro, S.C. She graduated from Colleton County High School, Class of 2008. She received her credentials as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) from Veteran’s Victory House. She patiently and passionately served as a CNA in nursing homes and as a home health attendant throughout her career.
D'Anna loved to make people smile. She was the life of the party, fun-loving, and just a little crazy. She was a caring, dedicated, loyal, and faithful friend. She loved to travel locally and abroad. Her favorite “ride or die” was her granny whom she cared for and attended to very affectionately. She thought herself a food critic and loved to try new foods. She was a fashion model confidently representing full-figured women in true DIVA style. Her color palette was bright, eclectic, and shined as radiantly as her spirit. She was adored and spoiled by her grandparents Ezekiel and Hessie Lee, who raised her as their own. She was very outgoing, strong, and a fighter for her beliefs.
D’Anna was loved by many, and will forever be remembered and cherished by her mother, Sandra Elaine Deal Jones of Walterboro, S.C.; her father, Rudolph Laurel of Pineland, S.C.; grandparents, Ezekiel and Hessie Lee Deal of Walterboro, S.C.; aunts: Diana (Larry) Stevens, Lillian Jones (James), Margaret Williams, Mary Davis, Lois (Charles) Wright, Michelle Laurel, Doris (Alfred) Calloway, Josephine (Leviticus) Singleton; uncles: Wilbur (Hermaine) Nelson, Harry (Ann) Laurel, Actris (Valerie) Laurel, Paul (Rhonda) Jones, Anthony Laurel; godmother, Althea (Teddy) Wilson; godsister, D’Andra Nicole Brown; godchild, Patience Donaldson; best friend, Latavia Donaldson; special friend, Lawrence Kinloch; and an abundance of family and friends.