Leon Smith

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A memorial service for Leon Smith, 77 of Oxford, will be held on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm at First Baptist Church of Oxford with Pastor Kent Mattox officiating. Visitation will be from 12-2pm at the church on the same day. Leon was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and a loyal friend to many. He is survived by his son, Gary Smith (Shelly); grandsons, Jacob, Colton, Tyler (Ciera), and Will, and great grandsons, Walker and CJ. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Delone; sons, Danny, John, and Terry; father, Raymond, and beloved grandmother, Amy. Pallbearers will be the Oxford Police Department Honor Guard. Honorary pallbearers will be Rick Harris, Bud Burdett, Ken Eaton, Jack Roberts, Stanley Merrill, Susan Martin Hauk, Alton Craft, and Bill Partridge. Leon was born in Tennessee and moved to Alabama in the mid 1960's with his young family, choosing Oxford as their new home. He worked hard to become a successful businessman and his passions later led to his career in politics. Leon decided to run for Mayor of Oxford in the 1984 election after the death of former Mayor Earl Martin and that is where it all began. He went on to serve eight terms as mayor of Oxford. He effected tremendous change for the City of Oxford. Leon was devoted to the citizens and determined to help as many as possible every day. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Oxford. Leon was very active not only in his community, but on leagues and councils that would better his treasured city of Oxford and surrounding areas. Leon has served as past commissioner for Oxford Baseball for Youth, past league president and coach of Oxford Football for Youth, and was a past Exultant Ruler for the Elks for 4 consecutive terms and a founding member of the Oxford Quarterback Club. Leon was vice president of Alabama League of Municipalities from 1996-1997 then president from 1997-1998. With Alabama League of Municipalities, he was a certified municipal official emeritus, on the Executive Committee, president of the Municipal Workers Compensation Fund Board Legislative Committee, on the Economic Development Council and league committee on fiancé. He also served on the National League of Cities Finance, Administration and Intragovernmental Relations Committee. In 2002, he was on the Board of Directors for the National League of Cities. He also served on the Cerebral Palsy Board of Directors. Leon also served as Chairman of the East Central Alabama Solid Waste Authority; past chairman, vice chairman and treasurer of the East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission and served on many other committees within the Commission. He was on the Technical Review Committee for the Anniston Army Depot and on the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs committee. He was a member of Jacksonville State University Board of Directors and on the Jacksonville State University Citizens Advisory Committee. He was a member of the Juvenile Coordination Council and a member of the American Association of Retirement Communities. Leon had a tremendous passion for helping the UCP. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to East Central Alabama United Cerebral Palsy 415 Castle Ave. Anniston, AL 36205. Miller Funeral Home and Crematory 256-831-4611
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Published in The Anniston Star on Sept. 19, 2017
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