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Cam Leonard Jr.

Cam H. Leonard, Jr. was born on the 5th of November 1923, the third child of Berenice Lehman and Camillus Haralson Leonard. "Cam" was known by many names including "Little Cam", "Little Red", "C.H.", "Haralson", "Buddy", and "Red" among them. He attended public school in Houston including Park Place Elementary, James Deady Junior High School, and Charles H. Milby High School, where he was inducted into their initial Hall of Honor in 2001. He also attended the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Houston, and the University of Oklahoma City, the latter during his military service when he was a cadet in training for the United States Air Force. Cam had a long career in banking that began at South Main Bank in 1946. He remained at South Main Bank until 1975 when he held the title of President and Chief Executive Officer. At that point in his life, Cam and Virginia attempted early retirement and built a home in Rockport, Texas, but he missed the customer contact so in 1978, he returned to banking to establish a trust department at Live Oak State Bank where he served as Vice President and Senior Trust Officer. As a banker, Cam is remembered for his wisdom and compassion that made personal financial planning easy and rewarding for his many friends and customers. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Cam was a tireless worker for many charitable enterprises serving on the boards of the Family Service Center and Pin Oak Charity Horse Show in Houston and the Aransas County United Way in Rockport. He also served as President and board member of Aransas County Medical Services, Inc., the Rockport Art Association, and the Aransas County Conservation and Reclamation District. He also chaired or co-chaired a number of successful capital fund drives to improve the quality of life in Aransas County. His happiest moments other than the ones spent with his family were those spent in the 24 years he served as a lay minister at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Rockport. Cam and Virginia returned to Houston in 2003 and became residents at the Hallmark, where their many old and new friends and the staff provided warm companionship especially for Cam after Virginia's death.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 54 years, Virginia Feather Leonard. He is survived by his children, Kenton Lee, and wife, Andrea Hester Leonard; Cam Harold, and wife, Amy Laird Leonard; grandsons, Miles Christopher Leonard, Brandon Lee Leonard, Russell Laird Leonard, and Nicholas Haralson Leonard.
A memorial service is to be conducted at three o'clock in the afternoon on Saturday, the 2nd of February, in the chapel of The Church of St. John the Devine, 2450 River Oaks Boulevard in Houston, where The Rev. Dr. Douglas W. Richnow, Senior Associate Rector, is to officiate. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the parlor.
Prior to the services, the family will have gathered for a private entombment at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family has requested that those wishing to commemorate Cam's life may direct contributions to the Art League of Houston, 1953 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX, 77006; or to the Rockport Center for the Arts, 902 Navigation Cr., Rockport, TX, 78382.

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 30, 2013
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