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Alonzo Richard Leake, affectionately known as "Bee", departed this earthly life on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, while convalescing at the W. G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, North Carolina.  Born in Richmond County on November 1, 1925, to the late Addie Nora Leake and Thomas Jefferson Houston, Alonzo migrated with his family to the adjoining county of Montgomery.

Accepting the presence of God as THE supreme savior, Alonzo attended Mt. Grove AME Zion Church and forged a long and lasting relationship.

A gentle man with awesome physical strength, Alonzo made his living with his hands, usually working on farms.  He was never reluctant to help friends and others in need of assistance. Although a somewhat quiet man, he could and would belt out the current favorite tunes at the time. He popularized his version of the Temptations', I Wish It Would Rain.

An Army veteran of World War II, Alonzo was proud of his service where he served from 1944-1946. He rarely spoke of the details, but hailed the experience of serving his country. It was a distinction of honor for him.

Preceding Alonzo in death are his parents, a son, Donnell Stanback; a sister, Parthenia Leake Glenn; a nephew, James Brian Glenn and a special cousin, Susie Leake Little.

Those left to cherish loving memories are a son, Gary Little (Gwen); special cousins, Ellen Wall   and Kori Russell, plus countless other relatives and friends. As a community, we celebrate an earthly life that spanned more than nine decades. Thanks be to God.

The Homegoing Celebration will be on Sunday, April 23, 2017, 12:30pm, Mountain Grove AME Zion Church, Mt. Gilead, North Carolina.  Burial will follow in the Salisbury National Cemetery, Salisbury, North Carolina.

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