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DR. IRWIN LEON ARONSON

Dr. Leon Aronson, age 81, passed away April 16, 2020, after a long struggle with cancer.

A native of Adel, Georgia, he served as a captain in the United States Air Force prior to moving to Savannah, where he established and practiced orthodontics for 33 years until his retirement in 2000.

Leon attended Valdosta State College, Emory University, Emory University School of Dentistry and Saint Louis University, where he received a Master’s degree in Orthodontics. He received both the Distinguished Dental Alumnus Award and the John F. MacNamara, DDS, Meritorious Service Award from Emory University Alumni Association. From the St. Louis University Department of Orthodontics, he received the Silver Medallion and the Merit Award from the Orthodontic Education and Research Foundation.

Leon was very active in local dental organizations, where he served as President of the Savannah Dental Society, the Southeastern Dental Society, the Georgia Dental Association, and the Georgia Orthodontic Association. On a national level he was President of the St. Louis University Orthodontic Education and Research Foundation and of the USA Section of the International College of Dentists. He also served as President of the International College of Dentists at large.

Dr. Aronson was an adjunct professor at the Dental School of Georgia and taught at the Center for Advanced Dental Education at Saint Louis University. He was an Alternate Delegate to the American Dental Association and served on the ADA Council on Membership.

In addition to his long standing service to dentistry, he was the Chairman of the Workmen’s Circle Credit Union for many years and was a past president of the B’nai Brith Jacob Synagogue.

Leon is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara Ginsburg Aronson; children, Dr. Amy I. Aronson, Lynda Boelter Sarkisian, (Bruce) and Hedy Marks, (Josh); grandchildren, Emma Boelter, Jacob Marks, Charlie Marks, Ella Marks, Sela Sarkisian and Leila Sarkisian.

Donations may be made to Congregation B’nai Brith Jacob – 5444 Abercorn Street, Savannah, Georgia 31405.

A forthcoming memorial service will celebrate and honor the life and legacy of Dr. Leon Aronson.

Online Condolences

  1. Greg and Twila Strode says:

    I loved Leon. He was a good friend.

  2. Johnsie Brannen says:

    Dr. Aronson was a great man and a great teacher. He was my boss for 15 years before his retirement. He meant so much to me and was like a second father as I had lost mine at the age of 7. I will miss him dearly and our occasional lunches after retirement. To know him was to love him. My fond thoughts and prayers go out to the Aronson family at this most difficult time. ❤️

  3. Megan Carrow Washington says:

    My father shared the news with me this morning. I remember Leon the same as many others. He was truly a kind, funny, loving, generous man. I was the surprise kid, the youngest of the offspring from their ragtag group of SLU Ortho buddies. When I was little, kids flew free, so I was always along for the annual meeting trips and family events. Barbara and Leon always made me feel loved and part of their family. I’m truly sorry for your loss and send my love to you all.

  4. Haskell and Dale Toporek says:

    If you knew Leon, you loved him. It was our good fortune, but not nearly often enough, to be in his company from time to time. We will miss his wonderful smile and the love he shared with all of us. With our best wishes to Barbara and his wonderful family at this very sad time, Haskell and Dale Toporek

  5. Emily Howell says:

    I’m so grateful to have known and have been taught by Dr. Aronson. He was an amazing mentor and encourager- so smart yet also so practical and personal. My prayers are with the Aronson family in your great loss. ❤️

  6. Tom and Linda Broderick says:

    Leon was my partner and mentor for 16 years. He was like an older brother to me. He recruited me to Savannah and in 1984 I started working with him. He is the reason I am here in this beautiful city. He told me Savannah would ” grow on me”, and it did! He taught me a lot of things you do not learn in graduate school. He taught me especially how to treat people with kindness and compassion. He was always there to give me advice. We had so much fun working together and in the 16 years he treated me like an equal and we never had a disagreement. I owe him a lot and will miss him. My thoughts and prayers go out to Barbara, Amy, Lynda, Hedy, and rest of the family members.

  7. Matthew Stone says:

    I am fortunate to have known Leon. He had a big presence – he filled the room with his kindness, wit, intellect, and generosity. Love to Barbara and the entire Aronson family.

  8. Marty Carrow says:

    Barbara and family,This is the first time that I’ve been at a loss for words!! Leon was a role model for so many,but none could live up to his accomplishments! He was Janet’s good buddy and now he’s up in Heaven with her and,hopefully trying their best to get the rest of us there. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He was so happy about the family trip to Israel,and forwarded some pictures! I’m sure,as you all are,that we will miss him in the days to come,but know that he will be with us in spirit!! Marty

  9. Rabbi Ammos Chorny says:

    Our congregation extends its most sincere condolences to your entire family.

    May his memory be a source of blessings to all who knew him and loved him.

    Rabbi Ammos Chorny

    Beth Tikvah of Naples
    Rabbi@bethtikvah.us

  10. Ted Swindle says:

    ted.swindle@gmail.com
    All our thoughts and prayers go out for the family and friends of Leon. We were friends since 1956, in Nashville Georgia. We went through Valdosta state college together and Emory University school of dentistry. He was a heartfelt friend.

    May our Lord be with you at this difficult time,
    Glenn T Swindle,Jr., DDS

    Valdosta

  11. jay coffsky says:

    Terrific person and friend. Have many happy hours together with Leon and Barbara. Wish there were more. loved by all.

  12. Nancy and Jules Paderewski says:

    You never have to classify a person, they will always classify themselves. Leon was a perfect example of this. He was a class act in everything he ever did. We will dearly miss this wonderful man and our dear friend.

  13. Clarke Johnson says:

    Dr. Aronson was my orthodontist from 1971 – 1973. Although my teeth hurt for up to a week after each appointment, I enjoyed going to them. He was always nice to me and interested in what I was doing in high school. May God bless and comfort his family in the days ahead. He was a good guy!

  14. Michael Weiler says:

    Everything about Dr. Aronson was classy. From the way he built you up to the stationery he used. He knew how to treat people well and he freely taught what he knew. The world is so much better because of the way he moved through it. I will miss him. I will always remember the impact he had on my life.

  15. Suzanne Segal says:

    I remember Leon as a person who had an aura surrounding of electric energy and light. When he entered a room, you could feel. When my husband and I were vacationing in Savannah , Barbara and Leon met us for dinner. I they were so very gracious to us both. I remember spending a week with them on Tybee Island with my dearest friend, Gloria who is Barbara’s sister. Again they were both so gracious and kind. Leon, as always was funny and made us laugh a lot. Leon , by his nature, took over a room. People just gravitated toward him

  16. Christiane Marler says:

    My deepest condolences to the family. My husband Bob and I became friends with Dr. Leon and his lovely wife Barbara while living in Savannah in 1996/1997. His passing is a shock to us but we find comfort in the fact that he had a fulfilling wonderful life and touched the hearts of so many people including us.

  17. Michael Weiler says:

    Everything about Dr. Aronson was classy. From the way he built you up to the stationery he used. He knew how to treat people well and he freely taught what he knew. The world is so much better because of the way he moved through it. I will miss him. I will always remember the impact he had on my life!

  18. John Stellgis Nichols says:

    Sending love and the hope that the fond memories of friends and the community are a comfort to your family. May his memory be eternal!

  19. Sylvia & Malcolm Cohen says:

    Sylvia and I will always remember our wonderful times with Leon. You have our deepest condolences. He was so gracious and friendly. We feel honored to have had him as a friend.

  20. Roz (Evans) Weiss says:

    At 13 years old, I was one of the lucky few to have a mouthful of crooked, buck teeth that required two-and-a-half years of orthodontic intervention. Dr. Aronson and I, thus, saw each other quite a bit. But as funny as he was, my visits were usually not ones I looked forward to because when his large, strong hands were twisting and turning the metal in my tiny mouth, it wasn’t fun. However, Dr. Aronson’s and my sense of humor meshed well and our banter always made me smile and laugh every time I visited. For that reason I secretly enjoyed our visits more than he ever knew and was a little sad the day of my last appointment over 40 years ago. Dr. Aronson played a significant role in my life and, I’m sure, in hundreds of other patients along the way. As you mourn his loss, know that Dr. Aronson’s legacy lives on every time we smile.

  21. Jamey Watson says:

    Leon Aronson was bigger than life. I met the man when he entered the Conference room at the Medical College of Georgia department of Orthodontics. I was a resident from 2000 to 2002. Immediately I like him as I introduced myself he affectionately called me “Big Mormon” from that time forward.

    He was a class act always free and generous with this time, talents and hard earned savings. He treated us to many lunches as residents. I picked his brain countless times for business advice as I was to embark on my own orthodontic career out west.

    The man left a mark on me that will never wash off. He will always be remembered by this “Big Mormon.”

    Until me meet again my friend

    Dr. Jamey Watson
    Bluffdale, Utah

  22. Kevin Walde says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Aronson while I was a student at St. Louis University. He was such an impressive presence and at the same time thoughtful, caring and generous. A giant in the orthodontic world who will be sorely missed.

  23. Shannon Wiggins Owens says:

    Dr. Aronson was a wonderful man. He had the patience of a saint. He will be missed. Prayers for all of the Aronson family.

  24. Dr. Bobby Campbell says:

    I had the opportunity to train under Dr. Aronson’s guidance in the Orthodontic Department at the Medical College of Georgia. Although the time was short, it was greatly impactful. He taught me that a good orthodontist doesn’t just treat the patient’s teeth, but rather treats the “whole person”. This is something I think about every day in my orthodontic practice.
    He was funny, kind, generous and his presence filled the room. I still have and use the graduation gift (an engraved envelope opener) that he gave to me nearly 20 years ago. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. May his legacy live on.

  25. Jammie Baltzegar Andrews says:

    Mrs. Aronson, Amy, Lynda and Hedy,
    My heartfelt condolences goes out to each one of you. I am grateful to have worked for Dr. Aronson. He was so protective of his family and anyone he cared about. I have wonderful memories from the office of him with Dr. Broderick, co-workers and patients. He welcomed me and the other girls from the office in your home to babysit and made us feel like family, and we had the privilege to know all of you. I remember when you all bought the beach house and the fun memories there, and that’s what we all still have is the wonderful memories with him!
    Dr. Aronson was a brilliant business man. He loved what he did. Dr. Aronson is the heart of dentistry and orthodontist… that will live on.

  26. John & Judy Talton says:

    Leon was not only a colleague but a friend. When I graduated from Emory Univ School of Dentistry in 1970, Leon had already established himself seeing Orthodontic patients every Wednesday. I referred all my orthodontic patients to him until he retired. I knew they would receive the best care and they loved him.. So many good memories of this kind man who always inquired about my family & we both shared stories.

  27. Janet Mascarenhas says:

    I was only a patient of Dr. Aronson, about 35 years ago, so he came and went through my life for only a period of about 2 years, but I always remembered him as a kind, gentle and friendly Dr, that made having braces much more bearable. I thought of him often when I would pass by the office in Garden City, I am so sorry to hear of his struggle with cancer, and so sorry to hear about his passing, he was definitely one of a kind. Prayers and condolences to his family.

  28. Mimi and larry says:

    Dear Barbara , Amy , and Lynda
    We are thinking about you and you have been in our prayers.
    Leon was a dear friend and we will never forget his thoughtfulness towards our family . I know he always went out of his way to help friends and strangers
    We were blessed to have known him.
    Much love
    Larry and mimi

  29. Lavonne Fore says:

    Dr. Aronson was a devoted supporter of SLU. He taught a business class when I was in the orthodontic residency program. I also knew him through his sister Phyllis. Dr. Aronson was always encouraging and upbeat. He inspired others to do their best and to give back to the institutions that gave so much to us. He will be greatly missed in dentistry and the orthodontic specialty that he loved.

  30. Al Pace says:

    Barbara & Family my deepest condolences on the your loss and a loss to Savannah. Leon was one of my favorite banking customers and a very loyal customer of Pace Printing, Because of Leon I was able to play the Augusta National. I considered him a close friend and he will be missed. A true gentleman in every sense.
    Al & Tinka Pace

  31. Jeremy Counihan says:

    Dr. Aronson was a great man and friend. I had the pleasure of meeting him when I was 9 years old. He was one of the kindest and most genuine people I have ever known. My sympathy and condolences to his family.

  32. Eileen Ryan Ogletree says:

    I have always said that the best thing my parents ever gave me were my braces! Dr. Aronson took my mouth of crooked disaster and gave me a life long smile. I will never forget the pain of biting down on that black bar tool to push a band up onto a tooth. Dr. Aronson made the pain bearable. He was so very kind and as I remember very witty. I went to see him the day before I left for college and he deliberated back and forth whether or not he could take my braces off that day (I think he secretly knew he was going to but wanted to string me along). He took my braces off and sent in a rush job for my retainers! I proudly rushed of to the University of Georgia with my retainers and a beautiful smile compliments of Dr. Aronson. A fine man! Savannah will miss him terribly!

  33. Kim Durrence Anderson says:

    Dr Aronson placed braces on me and my sister back in the late 70’s and early 80’s. For 2 years, I always enjoyed going to my monthly visits because the entire office staff and Dr. Aronson were always friendly, laughing and making sure we were comfortable the entire time. He was a good man. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  34. Paul Robinson says:

    Leon was the greatest husband to Barbara, father to Amy, Lynda and Hedy, grand father and friend that anyone could ever wish for. Eminently accomplished in his profession, achieving unparalleled successes, positions and awards, but his most important achievement was being such a good person; kind and generous, understanding, always smiling, imbued with a great sense of humor (often mischievous), wanting to know what was going on in your life, very curious about whomever he engaged with, asking penetrating questions. I called him the “Quintessential Interrogator.” He loved life and lived it to its fullest. He adored Barbara and constantly praised her. As one of his good friends described him, “He was bigger than life.“

    There is no one else I can think of who fits the description of Mensch better than Leon. I treasured our long friendship, and like Barbara and all of his family, I will miss him dearly.

    Paul Robinson

  35. Bill Anderson says:

    Dr. Aronson was truly a special man. I will never forget his voice, his kindness and his generosity. I met him as a resident of the SLU Orthodontic program and I owe a great deal to him for teaching how to run a practice by sharing all of the printed material he used in his own practice
    When talking with Leon one could just feel the love in his voice. It was an honor to know him.

  36. Michael v. Purcell, dds,ms says:

    Dear Barbara,
    Our prayers are with you and your family. Leon was a great friend.
    He truly was “THE MAN”.

  37. Chris DeLeon says:

    I am fortunate to call Dr. Aronson is one of my most influential figures in my life. I will forever remember and admire his strong work ethic, since of humor, genuine interest in others, and generosity. He truly loved to make people smile and he did it everywhere he went!

  38. Martha Phillips says:

    I had the great pleasure of working with Leon Aronson. Leon was President during my early years as Executive Director of the GDA. His dedication and service to dentistry is unmatched.. Dr. Aronson was a man of integrity and honor. These characteristics were obvious in every thing he did in life. I count myself as extremely lucky to have worked with him so early in my career. He lead by example. He was strong minded, empathetic and respectful of everyone. I could always count on our daily conversations to inspire me to achieve a higher goal. He made a lasting impression on my life and I am so much better for having known him. I will miss hIs boisterous laughter and his energetic smile.

  39. Jessica Neeley says:

    Thinking of you all right now. Dr A. was one of a kind as you well know. Kind, caring compassionate, a philanthropist, loved to travel, had a great sense of humor and smart. He held a special place in my heart and always will. Truly a remarkable man, he will be missed greatly. Sending my love.

  40. Perry Brickman says:

    If you only met Leon once, you would never forget him—and he would be your friend forever. So much more so when he was your fraternity brother, colleague and friend. We will miss Leon’s great smile and bear hug. Love to Barbara and family.
    Perry and Shirley Brickman

  41. J.Troy Rahn,DDS says:

    A man is often measured by the number of friends he had. Leon had thousands. I was lucky to be counted as one of them. He was a great person.

  42. Cliff and Marsha Berger says:

    A true loss for Savannah, the State and indeed the United States occurred with the passing of Dr. Leon Aronson. A true gentleman in every respect. When I moved to Savannah in 1975 to begin my oral surgery practice, Leon was always someone I could go to for advise which I did on several occasions. In fact he rented his office in Vidalia for a day a week to me to help keep me busy in the early days. It is very hard when amazing people leave this world and Leon like Dr. Les Wilkes will truly be missed. Our best wishes to Barbara and his daughters and their families. Cliff and Marsha Berger

  43. Kathleen Warner Bula says:

    Dr. Aronson was my dear friend and mentor when I worked at the ICD and until last week we were in touch. I loved him dearly. He is so missed by me and so many others.

    He was the “G.O.A.T.” – Greatest of all time!!!!

    My sincere condolences to Barbara, Amy, Lynda and Hedy, and to all of his family and friends.

    May our Angels lead him into paradise …

  44. Jimmy Cline says:

    I loved and respected Dr. Aronson. The time I got to spend with him was invaluable. He taught me so much about the business of orthodontics and more importantly how to carry yourself as a honorable man in your business. He was open and genuine. Many times when weighing a difficult practice situation, I have thought “which decision would please Dr. Aronson”. He is no longer on this earth but he is always with us.

  45. Dr Phillip Dowell says:

    There are no words that can adequately express what Leon meant to so many people!
    He was a giant of a man with a spirit that radiated with love and friendship.
    I spent a lot of time with him from across the pond on Skype and we always had such good conversations.
    He was always interested in us and we loved to share a joke!
    I know that he knew how much I respected him, I told him that I was his acolyte!
    I will miss him greatly and send sincere condolences from my wife Sheila and myself to Barbara and all the family.

  46. Tyler Rathburn says:

    I will forever remember Dr. Aronson for his story-telling, sense of humor, and all around warmth. He never met a stranger and always had a way of making you feel comfortable, no matter the situation.

    I was fortunate to have been a resident of his and he has inspired me in my career with his practical advise and his dedication to organized dentistry.

    A truly great man and he will be missed

  47. Jeff Summers says:

    Dr. Aronson will be forever remembered. He was a wonderful orthodontist and teacher, but more importantly a remarkable, honorable man and mentor. As a husband and father of four myself, I realize that his loss must be incredible for the entire family. Please know his love was shared by so many! I was fortunate to be a resident under his guidance 20 years ago. I always looked forward to the days he was in the clinic. He taught each of us so much more than orthodontics! Just know he had an incredible impact on so many lives. When we have the privilege to be in the presence of those like Dr. Aronson, it gives us the desire to pay it back when we have the opportunity. I’m forever grateful for all he taught me, in and out of the orthodontic clinic. There is no doubt many like me have had the desire and opportunity to impact others the way he did for us, because of his leadership. I still have the letter opener with personal message he gave me for graduation and look forward to using it frequently with a smile and a memory of many wonderful times and conversations. May God be with you all during this difficult time and give you peace and strength… he will be missed but his legacy will live on! I’m truly sorry for your loss… there is a void left behind!

  48. Linda and Dick Rogovin says:

    Barbara and family,
    Thinking of you and wishing you peace during this difficult time. May the most precious memories of Leon’s life bring comfort to you all.
    Linda and Dick Rogovin

  49. Kathy FingerKathryn says:

    Talented charming man. Will be missed. My sincere condolences to the family

  50. Amanda Cook says:

    Dr. Aronson introduced me to the world of Orthodontist. He was a great teacher. I took what I learned from him and continued my love for 13 years. I am unable to work in the field that I fell in love with. It breaks my heart. Dr. Aronson, your knowledge will forever be in my heart! Condolences to the Aronson family.

  51. Dr. Steve Sawrie says:

    RIP Leon Aronson!!! You were a great friend & mentor!! Godspeed to you & family!!
    Dr. Steve Sawrie

  52. Mark and Carol Dusek says:

    Leon was both a mentor and a friend. Though I only worked with him for a few months, he continued to encourage and teach me throughout my career. He was a man larger than life, and he will leave a large hole in this world. He made an impact on so many people’s lives. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Barbara and the rest of the family.

  53. Latrisse Davis says:

    On behalf of myself and staff at Compassionate Home Health Care, LLC I would like to that the Aronson family for the opportunity to serve Mr. Aronson’s home health needs. With my deepest sympathy to the family, I am sorry for your loss. May Dr. Aronson rest for eternity while his spirit continues to live through his family, friends, and those who’s lives he may have touched.

    -Latrisse Davis and Staff

  54. HOWARD ZABUSKY says:

    So sorry to hear of Leon’s death. I always looked forward to seeing him when we came south from Massachusetts for the winter. Unfortunately this year we came late and i never was able to get in touch. Our sincere condolences to Barbara and the family.

    Howard Zabusky and Harriet Zabusky-Zand

  55. Charles Thornton says:

    Leon was warmth personified! He was thoughtful. He enormously gave of himself to Saint Louis University’s orthodontic graduates spending full days there back to back doing comprehensive exams with orthodontists-soon-to-be. He will be sorely and sorrowfully missed by hundreds of people in all walks of life. My heart goes out to his family and children and grandchildren !

  56. Ellen & Dan Trachtenberg says:

    To Barbara:
    BIG ISH: big heart, big hugger, big giver, big orthodontist macher, big helper, big questioner, big friend, big MENSCH.
    We know he had so many friends and family members who loved him and he loved them back. Just read, his books. We are not in the books. He promised, if he lived long enough, he would finish it this year and include us, and live long enough to maybe vote for DJT,
    We met Leon at MD Anderson while doing volunteer work for Jewish Family Services, during the last two years of his fight (and Barb’s) against his lung cancer. He and Barb would come every three weeks for out- patient treatment including his clinical trial. Although I have been mostly visiting in- patients for 20 years, I met him as an out-patient getting his treatments. In those 20 years of my volunteering at MD Anderson, I never met more engaging and magnetic personalities as Leon, and his beloved Barbara. He learned everything he could about us, could never understand how a small town boy from Oklahoma could be against Trump, and when I became enraged, he would make me calm down with his humor but with so much love. Our discussions were good for both of us. He knew he had a grandson entering college who would agree with me, and he really loved that boy. But even more, Barb and Ellen became great friends too as we played Jewish geography and learned about our respective families. Both of them understood everything they needed to know about his condition and treatment, as Barb watched over him so well. But you would never know what he was going through unless you really probed, because he was always more concerned about my health and their worries that I was working too hard visiting patients. On his last few visits we really had to coax him to go out to dinner, but once there the evenings were truly charmed. Once we went to a well known Houston seafood restaurant owned by a famous chef. Leon really thought his food was prepared in the wrong way, and called for the chef to visit our table, and he let him know. A few weeks later the restaurant failed and closed. Leon always let you know where he stood. This world will miss him as will we, who long for one of his hugs.
    Ellen and Dan Trachtenberg

  57. Carolyn Sheehan says:

    To Barbara and Family, I send my deepest sympathy and condolences with the loss of your beloved Leon. I have such fond memories of having you and Leon as my Tybee neighbors. I will always remember the many conversations between Leon and Dan, usually on the beach, when all of the children were much younger! Good memories. My thoughts, heart and prayers are with all of you during this very difficult time. God bless.

  58. Roy Cranman says:

    Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of your husband, and father. The saying “May his memory be for a blessing” falls short because there is absolutely no doubt that his memory, for everyone who knew him, IS a blessing. I know that you are aware how precious Leon was to so many people. The world has lost a great man. One who truly made a difference everywhere he went and with everyone he met.

  59. Barney & Amy Paderewski says:

    We send our deepest condolences for your loss of a beautiful man inside and out. He will be greatly missed by so many. You are all in our prayers. Barney & Amy

  60. Clive Ross says:

    To Barbara and family it’s been a sad time for all of us who knew Leon so well over many years and in so many forums Leon was a man of the people, always with a smile, always with a sense of compassion and justice, a true leader in every respect.
    He was Mensch and all of us who were privileged to work with him, learn from him and share the good times and sometimes the not so good times learned benefited and undoubtedly Enhanced our own lives accordingly.
    He accepted his illness bravely with courage and fought it hard. To Barbara and his family lived through the past difficult years our thoughts are with you and wish you long life.
    We will miss Leon but he will always be with all of us who knew him with love respect and affection.

    Clive and Wendy Ross
    New Zealand

    Clive and Wendy Ross

  61. Bobby And Suzanne Everette says:

    Suzanne and I send our condolences to Leon’s family. He was always a good friend and ready with a laugh and twinkle in his eyes. Did not see Leon too much after my banking days and after he and Barbara left Tybee but always looked forward to running into him and sharing new jokes.
    Godspeed my friend.

  62. Bart and Nicole Wilson says:

    From the moment we met Dr. A, we had such love and admiration for him. He will forever be missed! May he rest in peace…Much love to Mrs. Barbara and the rest of the family!

  63. Lee Hawkins DDS says:

    To Leon’s wife, Barbara and his children,
    I am saddened to hear of Leon’s passing. He was such a great husband, father, and mentor to so many of us.
    Leon was a special friend to me and I admired him greatly. I enjoyed visiting he and “Babs” over the years, staying at the beach house and going out to dinners. I will miss my friend greatly.

  64. Jeff Jordan says:

    So sorry to hear of Leon’s passing. My heart goes out to you Barbara and Amy, Lynda, and Hedy. He was and still is a great role model for me. I am so thankful for you all and all the love you showered on me and Tami over the years. I will always cherish the way he called me his protege and encouraged me to follow my dreams. I want to thank you and Leon for all the love and kindness and generosity that you always gave me and Tami, but most importantly I want to thank you and Leon for all of the time you had to give us. That’s what I will miss the most.

  65. Terry Daughtrey says:

    As I grew up in Adel, GA, I went to school with Rosa Led, and knew Leon and Sammy all my life. The last time I saw Leon was at my sweet cousin’s funeral Libby Smith Taylor in Thomasville. My memories of Leon was always seeing him always smiling. I can remember him and Sammy working in their families clothing store in Adel. He grew up to be great a man.. I am proud to have been his friend on Facebook and in person. May God be with him. I am sure Libby was glad to greet him in heaven.

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