Leta Keith Leonard of Bristol, VA went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 17th at the home of her daughter, Stephanie. Leta was born in Nickelsville, VA and moved to Bristol, VA as a teenager. She married the love of her life, Earnest Leonard in 1959 and was a devoted Navy wife. While Earnest was on active military duty, Leta and Earnest raised their family all along the Eastern Seaboard, moving as Earnest was deployed, They returned to the Bristol area and made their home in the Benhams community of Bristol, VA for more than 40 years. Leta was a devoted homemaker and loved her family dearly. She had many talents and loved to share such skills as crocheting, quilting and cooking with her sisters, daughters and other family members. She was nurturing and passionate about her family and friends and lived her faith caring for and seeing to the needs of her family and friends.
Leta was preceded in death by her husband, Earnest Lee Leonard and her parents, Theodore Keith, Sr. and Betty Keith, as well as brothers James, Robert, Kenneth, Charles and Mack Keith and sisters Georgia Turner, Mary Belle Verzi and Sherry Gilreath. She is survived by daughters and sons-in laws: Lisa (Jeffrey) Stauffer, Becky (Deck) Miller and Stephanie “Suzie” (Tracy) Rhoton, grandchildren: Dr. Rachel Miller and Reece (Victoria) Miller. She is also survived by brother and sister and their spouses: Theodore (Martha) Keith, Jr and Carrie (Roger) Farmer and Ken Gilreath (brother in law) and Linda Keith (sister in law). Additionally, she is survived by dozens of nieces and nephews.
Leta was a 20-year cancer survivor and was looking forward to the birth of her first great-grandchild this summer. Leta was of Baptist faith and a member of the Gum Hill Baptist Church. Her family is comforted and rejoices in knowing Leta is now in the arms of her Savior.
The funeral service will be held 8 p.m. Thursday, March 19, 2020 in the Weaver Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ken Osborne officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 until 7:45 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will be private at Gum Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ethan Hanney, Michael Keith, Brody Gilreath, Greg Gilreath, Tom Hutton, Roger Farmer, Jim Hutton and Kevin Smith.
The family has chosen to make the live stream of her service available to the public. Access is available at: https://www.oneroomstreaming.com/view/authorise.php?k=158457915353733
Online condolences may be registered at www.weaverfuneralhome.net. Arrangements have been made with Weaver Funeral Home and Cremation Services.