Funeral services for David Hall Leonard, 73, of Tyler will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 at Stewart Family Funeral Home Chapel in Tyler with Rev. Dwayne McCrary officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Cemetery in Tyler under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.
David passed away Sept. 8, 2021 in Tyler. He was born June 7, 1948 in Longview, to Benjamin Churchill “BC” and Martha Hall Leonard.
David loved a home cooked meal, his electronics, his customers, a great joke, cop shows and the weather, much to his wife’s chagrin.
An avid car fan and handyman in general, David loved home projects, tinkering with cars, and was always excited to tackle a fix when friends or family needed it. He enjoyed taking photos of everyone and everything he found interesting and was never seen without his phone or iPad.
His family jokes that he truly was a teenager when it came to his phone and have no doubt his first question when he arrived in Heaven was, “what’s the wifi password?”
A devout Christian, David’s faith was firmly planted in Jesus and though devastated by his loss, his friends and family are comforted knowing he is eternally resting in Heaven.
His children’s favorite memories growing up include fun weekends jet skiing on the lake and junk food movie nights. David was a truly loyal friend and he loved his family dearly, always proud and excited to share their accomplishments.
David was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years Patricia Leonard, his parents, brothers Benjamin Churchill Leonard, Jr., William Forrest Leonard and Leslie Allen Leonard and sister-in-law Fonda Leonard, sisters Martha June Leonard Cleveland and Lacretia Ann Leonard Kellers.
He is survived by his daughter Lisa McCrary and husband Rick, son David J. Leonard, sister Elaine Leonard Mitchell, granddaughter Jessica Pope and husband William, granddaughter Jordan Haynes and husband Chad, great-granddaughter Brooks Pope, sisters-in-law Linda Leonard and Janis Leonard, brother-in-law Fred Kellers, as well as numerous beloved nieces and nephews and many cherished friends he considered family.
Pallbearers are Jeremy Wait, Jared Wait, Bradley Loden, Joseph Shoemake, Steven Beard and Juan Cervantes. Honorary pallbearers are Jan Wait, Ron Smith, Dale Pierce and Doyle Nelle.