Diana was born one beautiful spring day to Mattie Lee Volson and the
late Mark McCoy on March 26, 1952. She was the 4 th of 13 children born
to Mattie. Only July 16 th , 2022, God called one of his special Angels and
told them, I miss my daughter Diana, “Go down and get her and bring
her and bring her home to me, and being an Obedient Child, and without
taking any of her Earthly possessions, Diana departed this old life for a
new and better eternal life with her heavenly father.
Diana was born to be a special child, one who love people of all
nationalities and ages. She never met a stranger. She enjoyed and
respected her elders. She greeted everyone with her beautiful smile and
Known to her friends and co-workers as D, Lady Di, Princess Di, and
Pumpkin. She waited for a long time to be called by her favorite name,
grand Mommy, a name she wore with pride.
Diana was baptized in March 1958 at the age of six by the late Rev. J.J.
Johnson who called her, his little girl and she hoped that he wouldn’t pick
her first out of a group of about 50, but guess what? He picked her first.
She became a member of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church and grew up in
the church. She later moved her membership to Mt. Triumph Baptist
Church in Alexandria, LA, Rev. R.R. Perry, Pastor. In 2004, her soul
longed for the little church she grew up in an she moved her
membership back to Mt. Hermon.
Diana loved her Cousin Pastor Randle, and her church family. She was
so happy to be back, and she served faithfully until her death.
Diana was a graduate of A. Wettermark High School in Boyce, LA and
wore the title of “Miss Wettermark” several times. She was also a
graduate of Delta Business College, and was enrolled in Light University,
a Ministry of the American Association of Christian Counselor
Foundation where she was studying Biblical Counseling and Women’s
Ministry. Diana was united in marriage to Eddie R. Jefferson in 1971
and to this union, one son , Anthony Tyrone Jefferson was born. She
later married Bobby Harris in 1990.
She was employed with Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital for over
thirty-four years as a Certified Health Unit Coordinator. She helped to
organize the first Chapter of Health Unit Coordinators in the State of
Louisiana, and she was Vice President Elect of that organization. Diana
worked in the Cancer Center and later transferred to the Administration
Office. Diana was also an Ambassador for Christus St. Frances Cabrini
Hospital and was also a member of CLA Diversity and Inclusion Council
at Cabrini Hospital.
Diana was preceded in death by: Her husband, Bobby Harris, Her loving
mother, Mattie Lee Volson Battles, Her loving father, Mark McCoy, her
maternal grandparents, Silas and Susie Quinney Volson, her paternal
grandparents, Newton & Sarah Valley McCoy, her Godfather, MSGY
Andrew Jones, Three sisters, Patsy Ricks Hickman, Susie Volson
Carter, and a newborn sister, Alice Vallery. One brother, Wilbert Volson,
Her nephew, Donald Lamond Carter, Brother-in-law, James Russell Sr.,
Seven aunts: Louise Volson Wright, Effie Ellis, Luria McCoy Johnson,
Marie McCoy, Bertha McCoy Thompson, Emma Volson Cobb and
Lucille Rowan. Four uncles, Columbus Volson, Mack McCoy, Willie
McCoy, and Herbert McCoy, Sr. and a dear sister friend, Lou-Ann
Sanders-Reynolds of Alexandria, LA.
Those left to cherish her memories are (One) loving son, Anthony
Tyrone Jefferson (Latrenda) of Alexandria LA, her loving Godmother,
Mrs. Mary K. Jones of Alexandria, LA, Grandchildren, Little Miss Atalya
Jolie’ Jefferson and a Little Hunter Ashton Jefferson whom she loved
dearly and are spoiled rotten.
Brothers, Robin Volson (Becky) of Alexandria, LA, Silas Volson (Brenda)
of Colfax and Elmer Volson (Detra)of Taylor Hill, LA, Sisters, Helen V.
Russell, and Nancy V. Wilson (James), Deselle Volson Humphrey all of
Alexandria, LA, Beverly Battles Banks of Lawton, OK and Mildred S.
Carter Sylvain (Kenneth) of Baton Rouge, LA. Her nephew Jackie
Beverly of La Place, LA and Norsey Williams of Alexandria, LA. Her
niece, Attorney Tamara S. Battles, 2nd mother, Myrtle B. White and a
host of nieces and nephews.