HOFFMAN, N.C. -- James Leo Leonard, 74, of Hoffman, N.C., passed away at his home after a long battle with lung cancer and heart disease.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Boles Funeral Home Chapel in Southern Pines, N.C., with burial in the West End Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. with a Masonic Rite service at 8 p.m.
Born September 8, 1938, in Napoleon, Ohio, to the late Joseph L. and Doris Booher Leonard, he is formerly of Worcester, Mass. For 42 years of his life he was a tractor trailer driver, of which for 11 years, he was an owner-operator. He was a member of several groups including: IBEW, Teamsters of Ohio, Moose Lodge 1838, Morning Star Lodge of Masons and Scottish Rite of MA. He also served in the U.S. Navy, where he achieved the rank of 3rd class enginemen.
He was married to Betty Lou (Rettig) Johnston, and was preceded in death by wives, Adrienne Jean (Scott) Leonard-Young and Hazel Louise (Puckett) Leonard.
Mr. Leonard is survived by his sons, Joseph K. Leonard and Michael J. Leonard, both of Worcester, Mass., and Cory J. Leonard of Concord, Mass.; and a daughter, Justina M. (Leonard) Reusser of Prescott Valley, Ariz. He also leaves six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Boles Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. in Southern Pines will be assisting the family.
Online condolences may be left at www.bolesfuneralhome.com.