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R A Leonard

R A Leonard, 76 of Fort Smith

R A Leonard, 76 of Fort Smith

R A Leonard, 76 of Fort Smith went home to be with his Lord, Tuesday, February 10, 2015 in Milltown, Arkansas. R A was born February 15, 1938 to Hoyt and Ella Leonard in Rye Hill, Arkansas, and graduated from Greenwood High School. He was retired from James River Dixie after 43 years of service but his favorite job was spending time outside on his tractor or at his brother’s farm. R A was an active and dedicated member of Cavanaugh Free Will Baptist Church, where he was head usher and an active member of the Prime Timer’s group.

R A was preceded in death by his parents, as well as one brother, B. F.; two sisters, Barbara Yadon and Genivivie Gipson, and one grandson Blake Alan Bull.

Celebration of life will be held 10 a.m., Friday, February 13, 2015 at Cavanaugh Free Will Baptist Church with burial at Steep Hill Cemetery under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood. Viewing will be Thursday from 1 – 8 p.m. at the funeral home, where the family will visit with friends from 6 – 8 p.m.

R A is survived by his wife of 36 years, Mary Ann; his children, Kimberly Winn and husband, Jeff, Tamberly Bull, Pamberly Williams and husband, Ronnie, Billy Gibson, Ben Gibson, and Mitzi Gibson. In addition, he leaves 11 grandchildren, Chandler and David Winn, Derek and Tamara Bull, Logan, Landon and Lundon Williams,Colby and Will Gibson, Kressa Schuett, Nikki Hastings and 4 great-grandchildren. R A is also survived by brothers Hoyt Jr. “June”, Jimmy and Donnie; his sisters, Jo Ann Hartsell, Wanda Robison, Peggy Booth, and Linda Dunn, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers are his grandsons, Chandler and David Winn, Derek Bull, Logan and Landon Williams, Colby and Will Gibson. Honorary pallbearers are coffee drinking buddies and Tracy Leonard.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cavanaugh Free Will Baptist Church, 2825 Grinnell, Fort Smith, AR 72908.

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