Janette Campbell Diehl, a native of Jonesborough, Tennessee, graduated from Jonesboro High School at the age of 16. She attended East Tennessee State College, graduating in 1950, with a double major in business education and health and physical education. After teaching at Sweetwater High School and coaching girl's basketball, Janette, better known as Janey, returned home to marry Richard Diehl. Hand in hand, the Diehls worked together to establish Richard Diehl, Inc., where she has worked for 35 years. Their business venture began with the purchase of two trucks from Richard's father when the Diehls were in their early twenties. They now own a modern fleet of 30 tractor-trailers. "We work hard and we've been fortunate," Janey says, attributing their success to "a lot of hard work and luck." This outstanding lady serves as secretary-treasurer of the corporation. She has held the same position for R. and J. Corporation.
Janey and her family are active members of the Jonesborough Methodist Church where she teaches Sunday School and has been president of a women's circle. One of her primary personal interests is working with the Holston Home for Children in Greeneville, Tennessee. She serves as a member of its board of directors and is on the finance committee. Together, the Diehls work with the Boys' Club, for which they sponsor a football team and a basketball team.
Mrs. Diehl is a member of the ETSU Foundation, the Committee of 1000 and the Distinguished President's Trust. Janey and Richard are also members of the Pirate Club and attend most of the home basketball and football games. For several years, they have sponsored one of the men's basketball scholarships. Most recently, she and her family established scholarships in medicine, athletics, and a general scholarship as a tribute to their late son, J. Richard Diehl, Jr., who was a member of ETSU's class of 1973.
Janey and her husband en)oy working with their sons, Chris, Jared, and Joe, who are involved in the day-to-day operations of the family business.