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Leonard Felton Spencer (affectionately known as “Deke”) entered this life on December 13, 1934 in Midland, Pennsylvania. He was the sixth of thirteen children born to the late Reverend Benjamin and Mother Essie Mae Spencer.

Most of his formative years were spent in Dixie, Georgia, where as a youth, Leonard was brought up to know the Lord and for many years, was a member of Simmon Hill Missionary Baptist Church. He graduated from the school systems of Brooks County and later entered the military, bravely serving his country. After incurring injury while in active duty and being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, Leonard settled into civilian life in South Florida. There, he spent the majority of his professional career employed in the field of retail management. Ultimately, Leonard retired from the workforce, and chose to return to his quiet childhood hometown where he became an active member of Pentecost Revival Church in Quitman, Georgia.

A man who often worshipped through gospel music, Leonard was self-taught to skillfully play the harmonica, which at any given time, he would pull from his hip pocket. Also gifted vocally, his signature baritone could be heard as a part of the harmony provided by True Word Gospel Singers of Thomasville, Georgia. But on Saturday, June 10, 2017, Leonard’s voice and his French harp became eternally silent in this life as he slipped into a life everlasting at Archibald Hospital in Thomasville, Georgia.

The legacy and lineage that he leaves behind includes his wife, Mamie, and seven children: Karen, Lenora, John, Maurice, Greg, Leonard Jr., Irvin, and Robert. Two children, Anthony and Joyce, preceded him in death. Also remembering him with love, are two sisters, Essie Mae Thompkins and Joyce Richardson (Dewbell), one brother, Irvin Spencer (Pastor Shirley), one brother-in-law, Bishop Harold H. Norman, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Preceding him in death were nine siblings: Wilma, Wallace, Robert, Margaret, Shekina, Blondeva, Edward, Grace, and Benjamin Jr. Leonard Spencer will forever be remembered with fondness by those who loved him most. 

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 1PM at the Stevens-McGhee Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Anthony Holiday, eulogist.  Burial will follow in Simmon Hill Church Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday at the Stevens-McGhee Chapel between 1PM and 8:30PM.  

Please continue to keep the Spencer Family in your daily thoughts and prayers.

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  • Friday, June 16, 2017
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