Jessie Leonard, 73, of 109 Myrtle Drive, Edenton, NC, died Friday, May 18, 2012 in his home. Mr. Leonard was born in Columbus County, NC and was the son of the late James and Minnie Milliken Leonard. A U.S. Navy veteran, he retired as a Senior Chief Petty Officer after having served for more than 20 years and later was employed and retired as a maintenance supervisor from Dominion Resources. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two daughters, Kathy Blitch and Lucy Lightfoot; a sister, Ethel Norris; and two brothers, Bobby Mills and Carlton Leonard.
Surviving are three daughters, Gloria Waters and husband A.T. of Chesapeake, VA, Tresa Richards and husband Kerry of Virginia Beach, VA, and Jessica Ammons and husband Daniel of Edenton; two sisters, Ruth Duncan of Chadbourn and Janice Patterson of Rose Hill; a brother, Billy Leonard of Chadbourn; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Miller Funeral Home & Crematory, 735 Virginia Road, Edenton, by Pastor Melvin Hines. Friends may join the family in the funeral home immediately following the chapel service on Friday. Burial will follow at 3:00 p.m. in the Waters Family Cemetery, Waters Road, Pinetown, NC.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.millerfhc.com.