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• LEONARD, Robert H.,
age 87 of Farragut, Tennessee died peacefully on November 12, 2012 with his beloved wife of 62 years, Marie and his family at his side. Bob was born on November 19, 1924 to Robert Hobart Leonard (R.H. Leonard) and wife, Nell Pritchard Leonard. He graduated from Young High School in 1942, attended the University of Tennessee where he was a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Delta Phi, Scarabbean Senior Society and the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BA in 1946, and an LLB in 1947. The LLB later became Doctor of Jurisprudence. He was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 1946 prior to his graduation from law school and began the active practice of law in May of 1947 with the firm of White and Leonard, composed of O.L. White and his father, R.H. Leonard. His father died in December of 1948 after they had practiced law together for only 16 months. From that time on, he practiced law as Robert H. Leonard and was known to all as Bob Leonard. He was a member of The American Bar Association, The Knoxville Bar Association, and a Fellow of The Knoxville Bar Foundation. Bob was president of The Knoxville Bar Association in 1964-1965. He was General Counsel of First Utility District of Knox County, Tennessee for 55 years. He practiced law for 63 years until his retirement in May 2010. Bob joined the Optimist Club of Knoxville in May of 1950, and had 62 years of perfect attendance. He was elected President of that Club in 1956-1957. Bob also served as Secretary/Treasurer of District Eleven of Optimist International from 1954-1955, which included all of Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and parts of Louisiana and Florida and then Governor in 1959-1960. He was elected to the Board of Directors of Optimist International as Director, then served as Vice President, and was the first President-Elect of Optimist International in 1965-1966. Bob then became President of Optimist International in 1966-1967. He was Chairman of the Optimist International Boys Work Committee from 1969 to 1972 and led the Committee to change its name to Youth Work Committee so that girls, as well as boys, could profit from the opportunities offered by Optimist International and its member clubs. Bob was a Kentucky Colonel, a Louisiana Colonel and a Tennessee Colonel. He was a life-long member of First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Knoxville, having served as Director, Deacon, Elder, Chairman of the Board, Trustee and Elder Emeritus of that church. Bob was the founding teacher of the Disciples Class at First Christian Church beginning in May of 1950 and retiring after 55 years of service in 2005. Bob Leonard was the first Mayor of the Town of Farragut, being first elected on April 1, 1980, serving a total of six terms from April 1, 1980 until April 23, 1993. He was honored by the Tennessee Municipal League as the Tennessee Mayor of the Year in 1991. Bob was also honored by the Town of Farragut naming its second public park “Mayor Bob Leonard Park”. He was a life-member of the Farragut Chamber of Commerce, now the Farragut-West Knox Chamber of Commerce and of the Farragut Folklife Museum, both created by the Town of Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen at his request. Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Joe H. Leonard, M.D. He is survived by his wife, Marie Sharp Leonard; daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth (Beth) Leonard Bledsoe and Jerry D. Bledsoe; sons, Robert M. Leonard and Patrick J. Leonard; grandchildren, Joshua Seth Bledsoe, Robert Ellis Leonard and Maggie Mariah Bledsoe; great-granddaughters, Molleigh S. Desha, Dani C. Bledsoe and Cali G. Sugiyama; niece, Alice Brown Childress; two great-nephews and many cousins. The family will receive friends 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, November 17, 2012 in the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel with a Memorial Service to follow at 3 p.m. with Rev. Tyler Thompson officiating. Interment at Pleasant Forest Cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Christian Church of Knoxville, 211 West Fifth Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917 or to The Optimist Club of Knoxville’s Henry Naff Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 358, Knoxville, TN 37901. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the Leonard family. www.clickfh.com

• HALL, William A.,
age 88, of Knoxville, formerly of Jasper, TN, passed away Monday morning, November 5, 2012 at the Ben Atchley State Veterans Home in Knoxville. Bill was a member of First Baptist Church Concord. He was a retired County Extension Leader in Marion County Tennessee for 42 years. Bill was a veteran of World War II serving with the U S Army. He was a member of the Lions Club in Jasper for many years. Bill was an avid gardener. He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Talley Ridley; parents, W. E. and Eva White Hall; sister, Audrey Autrey and Mavis Lovett. Bill is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty Morgan Hall; daughter, Janet Ridley of Knoxville; son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Beverly Hall of Humble, Texas; grandchildren, Jenney Ridley Headrick and husband, Daniel of Knoxville, Julie Hall of Humble, Texas;great grandchildren, Mary Frances Headrick and Joseph Daniel Headrick; cousin, Frances Emison of Humboldt, TN. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel. Family and friends will gather at 9:30 a.m. on Friday at the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, 2200 East Governor Highway, Knoxville Tennessee with full military honors conferred by the East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lions Club, www.lionsclubs.org. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the Hall family. www.clickfh.com



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