Russell Neil Leonard was born in Piggott, Arkansas on August 26, 1947 to Hillary Russell Leonard and Opal Genola Helms Leonard. Mr. Leonard passed away on March 19, 2020 in Mt. Pleasant, Texas.
Russell went to be with his Heavenly Father and to be with family and friends that have gone before. He was baptized at Cypress Springs Baptist Church in Scroggins and was a member of Clearwater Baptist Church.
He is survived by his loving wife Gail; Daughter Stacy Carter-Leonard and grandson Reese Leonard; Son Steven Anthony Leonard, Son Michael Paul Leonard and wife Barb; grandchildren Mckenlee Jo and Allyson Taylor; Son Thomas Leonard; Daughter Sandra Leonard Morgan and husband Travis; grandchildren Lindsey and Summer; Stepson Jimmy Sherbert and grandchildren Katelyn, Dallas and Kennedy; Sister Ronda Brown; Brother in law Larry Morrow; Sister in law Sandra Brock and husband John; Sister in law Margaret Howard; Brother in law Charles Williams and wife June;Mother in law Alva Williams; and many nieces, nephews, friends and former wife Linda Rodgers.
Russell loved life and traveled the world during his 30 year career with the United States Navy where he attained the rank of Master Chief. After retiring, he became a postman for the Winnsboro Post Office where he enjoyed meeting people, making friends and bringing joy to their day.
Russ was a wonderful husband and father and enjoyed playing pranks, telling jokes and remembering words to his favorite movies and songs.
He always had a joke to make you laugh.
An intimate funeral service to celebrate his life will be held 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 25th at Beaty Funeral Home in Winnsboro, Texas. Interment with military honors will occur following the funeral in Liberty Cemetery.
Because of the current crisis America is in we are asking that services be attended by invitation only.
In lieu of flowers we request donations to the Leukemia and Cancer foundation, or your choice of charities.
Anchors away and smooth sailing.