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Clai­borne “Skippy” F. Leonard, Sr., 79, of Peters­burg, Va., passed away Mon­day, Jan­uary 9, 2017, sur­rounded by his lov­ing fam­ily. Skippy was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents, Clai­borne and Helen Leonard; his twin brother, Bobby; and niece, Lori Leonard. He is sur­vived by his wife, of 53 years, Faye Grif­fin Leonard; two sons, Clay (Cosette) and Ja­son (Suzy); five grand­chil­dren, Sa­van­nah, MacKen­zie, Mag­gie, El­iz­a­beth and Henry; one sis­ter, San­dra Leonard Tip­ton (Bobby); neph­ews, Rob­bie Leonard (Amie) and Michael Evans; sis­ter-in-law, Bon­nie Grif­fin Pen­der­grass; brother-in-law, Woody Grif­fin (Su­san); niece, Lind­say Hawkins (Adam); nephew, Justin Buli­fant (Rachel).

Skippy at­tended Peters­burg High School, fol­lowed by a ca­reer in pro­fes­sional base­ball with the New York Yan­kees and St. Louis Car­di­nals or­ga­ni­za­tions. He re­tired from Brown & Wil­liamson Tobacco and The City of Peters­burg. He was a long­time mem­ber of St. Marks United Methodist Church in Peters­burg. He was a de­voted hus­band, fa­ther, and grand­fa­ther. Skippy was his hap­pi­est when he was spend­ing time with his beloved chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.

The fam­ily will re­ceive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thurs­day, Jan­uary 12, 2017, at the Peters­burg Chapel of J.T. Mor­riss & Son Fu­neral Home. A me­mo­rial service will be held at 11 a.m. Fri­day, Jan­uary 13, 2017, at St. Marks United Methodist Church. In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made to St. Marks United Methodist Church, 225 Clare­mont Street, Peters­burg, VA 23805. Condolences may be reg­is­tered at www. jt­mor­

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