David Wilkinson Leonard, 93, of Mocksville, NC, passed away February 16, 2020 after a lengthy battle with dementia.
David was born July 30, 1926 in Forsyth County, NC, a son of the late Stahle Hartman Leonard & Edna Wilkinson Leonard of Rowan County. He was preceded in death by his sister Edna Rae Sidwell.
In life David served his country in the US Navy during WWII on board the carrier USS Ben Franklin CV13 and was on board March 19, 1945, when the attack on his ship claimed over 700 lives. After his service to our Country he attended Phiffer College and later retired from Bell South Telephone after 34 years of service in cable repair.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law David and Uka Leonard of Mocksville, his brother Stahle H. Leonard and nephew Richard Leonard of Albermarel, grandson Justin Kyle Leonard, and two great granddaughters Kahli and Marley Leonard.
Visitation will be held 6:30- 8:30 PM, Monday February 24, 2020 , at Davie Funeral Service. A graveside service will be held at Salisbury National Cemetery 11:00 Tuesday, February 25, 2020 with his brother Stahle H. Leonard officiating.
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