Dr. James Leonard
Dr. James Ellis Leonard, 85, of Brasstown, passed away Friday, April 1, 2016, at Clay County Care Center.
Dr. Leonard was born Oct. 25, 1930, in Plant City, Fla., to the late James Henry Leonard and the late Lola Mae Calvert Leonard.
Dr. Leonard was a graduate of Plant City High School in Plant City, Fla. He also was a graduate from Norman Park Junior College with an Associate of Arts degree in Norman Park, Ga., Mercer University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Macon, Ga., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Bachelor of Divinity degree, Doctor of Psychology, Master of Theology – honors program New Orleans, La., and from Homestead College of Bible with a Doctor of Divinity and Doctor of Theology, Homestead, Fla.
He served the Lord in 19 churches during his ministry and served as interim pastor in North Carolina.
At the time of his death, he was a member of Peachtree Memorial Baptist Church.
After retiring in 1992, Dr. Leonard moved to North Carolina, where he began the hobby of wood lathe turning and also teaching at John C. Campbell Folk School for several years.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Heath Leonard; daughter, Sherry L. Lemons; son-in-law Bill Bishop; grandson, Derrick MacGillivray; brother, Bill Leonard (deceased); and cousin, Rodney Calvert.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, at Peachtree Memorial Baptist Church with Dr. George Thomasson officiating.
Interment followed in the Peachtree Memorial Baptist Church Cemetery.
The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Bill Bishop, Pierce Luther, Bill Earnest, Steve McCranie, Paul Hodge and Fred Carson.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the building fund at Peachtree Memorial Baptist Church, Murphy, NC.
Arrangements were entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home of Murphy.
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