The family of Father Henry Leonard in consideration of the current health crisis facing our world, nation, state and local community, has decided to hold a private 50 people or less, family only, funeral service for their loved one with private interment immediately following. While the Leonard family would love to be surrounded by your presence, they acknowledge the health risks to family, church members, friends, and particularly to those who are most vulnerable to this disease, the elderly and those with chronic health conditions. What the family needs most at this time are your prayers and understanding. Thank you for your concern and cooperation.
Father Henry Leonard was 80, and departed this life Monday May 4, 2020 in Marion County. He was the husband of Velma Smith Leonard, the father of Terry Leonard, Regina Danielson, Tyrone Leonard, April Leonard, Candi Leonard.
Funeral services are scheduled to be held at the Jackson & McGill Memorial Chapel on Saturday May 9, 2020 ay 2:00 pm. He will be laid to rest at the Devotion Gardens Cemetery, Mullins. The family will provide a guest list of 50 or less people.
Henry L. Leonard was born in Marion County, South Carolina on June 23, 1939 to the late Nicholas and Nettie Maude Leonard. Henry departed this earthly life in the Mullins Nursing Center, Mullins, South Carolina on Monday May 4, 2020 after years long battle with lung cancer.
Henry attended Marion county publics schools and soon after moved to Washington DC. It was while he was working in Washington DC that he met and then married Velma Smith and to this union five children were born: Terry, Regina, April, Tyrone and Candi.
While living in Washington, DC he worked as a construction worker. When he decided to move back to South Carolina he became a certified Caterpillar forklift operator for SoPac Co. and remained with them for 12years. While working full-time as a forklift operator he continued to operate a small farm of vegetables and pigs. He really enjoyed plowing and sowing the fields with his tractor and then sharing the harvested fruits of the field with his friends and family. He is lovingly remembered as “the vegetable man”, as he would drive door-to-door selling sweet potatoes, turnips, melons and more.
Henry joined Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in the early 1980s, would sing as a member of their Male Choir and attend church regularly until he fell ill in these past few years.
Henry is survived by his wife Velma Leonard and five loving children: Terry (Sheila) Leonard of Florence, SC; Regina (Casey) Danielson of Washington, DC; April Latrina Leonard of Washington, DC; Tyrone (Tanesha) Leonard of Dillon, SC; Candi Denise Leonard of Mullins, SC.
Five grandchildren: T. Jarvis Leonard and Zoe Leonard of Florence, SC; Marquasia Mitchell, Morgan Leonard and Eden Leonard of Dillon, SC.
One brother Larry (Debra) Leonard of Mullins, SC; one sister Verdell (Roosevelt (deceased)) Howard of Mullins, SC; one best friend Mr. Robert Bell of Mullins and a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews.
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