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On Tuesday, April 8, 2013, our hearts were saddened by the passing of our loved one, Mr. Leon Sylvester Smith Jr., of 1407 Stark St., Petersburg, Va.

He was born to the late Leon Sylvester Smith Sr. and Jacqueline Bonner Smith on Jan. 4, 1964. He graduated from Petersburg High School class of 1983. Leon was a retiree of Shoney's Inc.

He leaves to cherish his memory: a loving and devoted wife, Cynthia Barnes Smith of Petersburg; daughter, Icey N. Smith of Petersburg; son, Leon S. Smith III of Staunton, Va.; two stepsons, Joseph Carter and Maurice Carter of LaSalle, Ill.; two stepdaughters, Vanessa Carter and Veronica Carter of Petersburg; 10 grandchildren; mother, Jacqueline B. Smith; a brother, Anthony L. Smith of Petersburg; two uncles, Carroll Smith and Bossie Bonner (Ora) of Petersburg; two aunts, Nan B. Aycox of Richmond and Barbara B. Todd of Fort Washington, Md.; mother-in-law, Lorraine Barnes of Waverly, Va.; four sisters-in-law, Deborah Edwards of Waverly, Barbara Edwards of Prince George, Mildred Speaks (Melvin) of Newark, N.J., and Thelma Kabir (Chuck) of Middlesex, N.J.; and a host of cousins, several devoted, Patricia B. Tucker (Larry), Pamela Arrington, Deborah Thomas (Londell), Patrice Bell (Reginald), Arnita B. Evans and Latonya Arrington; devoted friends, James Thomas, Arrionne Higgins, Mrs. Cynithia Jones and Kevin Jones.

A funeral service for Mr. Leon S. Smith Jr. will be held 12 p.m. Monday, April 15, 2013, at New First Baptist Church, 1346 Grant Ave., Petersburg, Va., the Rev. Curtis Johnson, pastor, eulogist. The interment to follow in Dinwiddie Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends at 1407 Starke St., Petersburg, Va.

Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mr. Smith at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., 804-732-8911, www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com
Published in The Progress-Index from Apr. 11 to Apr. 13, 2013
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