From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same …..
Diano L. McCullough was born in Birmingham, AL on November 10th, 1972 to Eva Jeanette.
Diano was raised in Chicago, IL by his step father Willie J. Gettris, who precedes him in death,
and his mother Eva Jeanette. Diano attended Paul Robinson High School. He then enrolled in Job Corps,
where he graduated and continued his education at Olive Harvey College to receive his HSED.
Known to his siblings and close relatives as “General Custard”, Diano was a father
before he became a father. He showed a great deal of love and care for his siblings by
encouraging them to always follow their dreams despite of what obstacles that may try to deter them.
In 1996, Diano moved to Madison, WI where he eventually met Anatasha Phillips and started a family.
Becoming a father was always a dream of Diano’s. Diano raised Tasha’s three children as his own for 10 years before his biological son, Diono Khalil McCullough, was born.
He loved, supported and lectured his kids very much, but above all, he was a provider.
Diano held various city jobs including sanitation, construction and bus driving.
Ultimately, Diano choose a career at Madison Metro Transportation as a bus driver.
At the time of his demise, Diano was a current employee at Madison Metro where he became know
as “the dancing bus driver” and he will truly be missed by his Madison Metro Family.
Diano is survived by his mother, Eva Jeanette; significant other, Anatasha Phillips;
four loving children, Rokeia Phillips, Arkeia Cameron, Malik Watson Jr. and Diono Khalil McCullough;
five sisters, Kimesha McCullough (John Harrison), Lawanda Goodwin, Laquitha Goodwin, Nikita Goodwin and Rashon Goodwin; one brother and best friend, Clarence Austin, who is known to friends and family as Tony; four grandchildren, Milani, Essence, Brielle and Kashton;
One aunt, Denise Jackson (Tory); five uncles, Charlie Myles, Derrick Bell (Francine), James Bell, Michael Miles and Larry Bell and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and close
friends. Diano is preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Mary Bell and his aunt Doris Harrison.
In the words of our honorable son, significant other, father, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend, Diano L. McCullough, “The fear of death does not stop you from dying, it only stops you from living.”