Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 16, 2014

Joseph Leonard

TAZEWELL, Va. — Born May 10, 1939 at Leland, MS he was a son of the late Sam and Lela Smith. He was a resident of Queens, NY with his lifetime partner of forty five years, Sally Viney Smith. After retirement, from Studleys, Joseph made his home in Tazewell, VA until his death. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughters, Doris Marie Leonard and son, Anthony Leonard.

In addition to Sally Smith, he is survived by three daughters, Glenda Leonard and husband, Toney of Chicago, IL, Joyce Powell of Land of Lakes, FL, and Trina Leonard of Virginia; four sons, Joseph Leonard, Jr. Johnny Leonard, and Larry Leonard all of Chicago, IL, and Derick Leonard of New York; one sister, Doris Caldwell and husband, Bill of Greenville, MS; two brothers, Sam Smith and wife, Natalie of Dallas, TX, and Curtis Smith of Leland, MS; sisters-in-law, Gloria Davis and husband, George, and Paulette Smith and husband, Jerry all of Tazewell, VA; Gwendolyn Mitchell and husband, Walter of Columbus, OH; brothers in law, William Viney and wife, Sandra and Sidney Viney all of Tazewell, VA; Goddaughter, Bridget Brassel of Memphis, TN; special nephews, Donnie Dinkes of Phoenix, AZ and Desi Davis of Tazewell, VA; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many Tazewell friends.

In keeping with his wishes, he will be cremated and there will be no services.

Arrangements for Joseph Leonard are being handled by Peery & St. Clair Funeral Home of Tazewell, VA.

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