October 15, 1916 - September 6, 2017
Grace McCracken Leonard who would have been 101 years of age in a few weeks passed away September 6, 2017 at NHC Healthcare of Bristol. She was born in Washington County, VA in 1916 to the late Isaac Melvin McCracken and Lillie Lewis McCracken. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Norville Lee Leonard and one son, Earnest Lee Leonard. She was the last surviving sibling of seven brothers, Walter McCracken, Clifford, Summers, Glenn, Stanley, Luther, infant brother, Joseph and one sister, Blanch. She was a member of Beaver View Baptist Church. Grace is survived by one daughter, Joan Leonard Lawson-Pierce and husband, William “Bill” Pierce of Johnson City, TN; grandchildren, Lee “OP” Lawson and wife, Renea of Henderson, NV; Dane N. Lawson and wife, Erica of Melfa, VA; Lisa L. Stauffer and husband, Jeff of Stewartstown, PA; Becky L. Miller and husband, Deck of Bristol, VA; Stephanie L. Blackwood of Bristol, VA; step-grandchildren, Emily P. Rector and husband, Richard of Birmingham, AL; great-grandchildren, Derek Lawson, Megan Lawson, Ryan Lawson, Caroline Lawson, Rachel Miller and Reese Miller; step-great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Catherine Stauffer; Ava and Ross Rector; special great-niece, Donna Kennedy White and special great-nephew, Jerry McCracken and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. Mrs. Grace Leonard was also preceded in death by her second husband, James Edward Leonard; step-sons, Paul Leonard, Bernard Leonard; step-daughter, Geraldine Snodgrass and is survived by a step-daughters, Delores Gardner and husband, Walter and step-son, Marvin Leonard and wife, Karen, all of Big Stone Gap, VA. Grace loved and enjoyed her friends and neighbors, notably, Angelia Duty, the Duty family, her friend, Lola Ritter and many others. She was a past matron of the Eastern Star Bell-Walsh Chapter No. 65, Benhams, VA and loved recalling its members and history and the community in Benhams, VA. The family would like to thank retired Dr. Stephen Hanor for his many years providing care, the staff of NHC of Bristol, Nurses, CNAs, activity directors and partners for their care and express sincere appreciation to Grace’s many friends who called and visited. A graveside service will be conducted at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, September 10, 2017 in Mountain View Cemetery with Rev. Bobby Burrow and Rev. Ken Osborne officiating. Pallbearers will be friends and neighbors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Beaver View Baptist Church, 139 Beaver View Dr., Bristol, VA 24201 Condolences and memories may be left for the family at akardfuneralhome.com Akard Funeral Home, (423) 989-4800 is serving the Leonard family.
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