SGT Samuel Patrick Leonard USMC-R, age 77, of Saltville, Va., answered the call of his Commander-In-Chief, Jesus Christ, Commander of the hosts of heaven and reported to his new duty station onTuesday, July 26, 2022.
He was born September 5, 1944, in Castlewood, Va., a son of the late Charlie and Blanche Leonard.
He was a Sergeant in in the United States Marine Corps serving in the Vietnam War. He received the Nation Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, a Purple Heart, and a Marksman Shooting Medal (Rifle & Pistol).
After retiring from the Marine Corps, he was employed with the Alexandria, Va. Police Department, Russell County Sheriff's Department, and the Bristol, Va. Police Department.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Mary Ann Bolling; and three brothers: Charlie Leonard, Jr.; Larry Leonard; and Raymond Leonard.
He is survived by his brother, Robert "Bob" Leonard and wife, Betty; daughter, Samantha Bishop and husband, Michael; son, Samuel Patrick Leonard, Jr.; granddaughter, Chandler Cheathem and husband, Chris; and great grandson, Aden; several nieces and nephews; and lastly his beloved four-legged companion, Sarge.
He will be greatly missed.
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