Benjamin "Leon" Canady

May 2, 1931September 19, 2019

Benjamin Leon Canady, age 88, widower of the late Betty Jo Freeman Canady, passed away on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Brookdale Weddington Park where he was a resident for three years.

Born in Tabor City, he was a son of the late Austin and Ruby Pigott Canady. After high school, Mr. Canady entered the U.S. Army. Upon discharge, he moved to Charlotte and began a career at Associated Transport, Inc. He soon met and married Betty J. Freeman and had 60 loving years together raising two daughters and enjoying four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Leon was a very active member of Mulberry Baptist Church and more recently First Baptist Church of Charlotte where he served for many years in a multitude of areas. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather as well as a great friend to many throughout his life. He had a special place in his heart for struggling single mothers and loved opportunities to help.

Mr. Canady’s favorite pastime was bird watching, taking mountain trips, and cooking boiled peanuts. He was a master at home remodeling projects and woodworking which led to accomplishing his dream of being self-employed. He was the owner and operator of Purr-fection Painting.

Mr. Canady is survived by two daughters, Karen Lomax (Phil) and Janice Canady; four granddaughters, Amanda Lomax, Emily Gilmore (Matthew), Lauren Conwell, and Sara Westbury (Lee); four great grandchildren, Sophia, Hannah, Nico, and Aaron; and a brother, Kenneth Canady. He was predeceased by a sister, Evelyn Simmons.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 3:00 PM at Forest Lawn West Funeral & Cremations Service conducted by Rev. Michael Cummings with burial to follow in Forest Lawn West Memorial Park with Military Honors. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM at the funeral home prior to the service.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at Forest Lawn West Funeral & Cremation Service


  • Visitation Sunday, September 22, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, September 22, 2019
  • Committal Service Sunday, September 22, 2019


Benjamin "Leon" Canady

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Tim Webb

September 21, 2019

Uncle Leon has always been one of the best Christian men I’ve ever known
As a kid he lived almost directly behind me so I was around him and his family a lot
I have a lot of great memories of the whole family but Uncle Leon didn’t seem to have a lot to say to me and I thought maybe since I was a problem child but I learned that was him he would come get me in his olds 442 and ride me to the pool or the store and I loved that car he was a great gardener and grew some of the best strawberries I’ve ever had I can’t believe e never acted mad when me and my brother would sneak in there and eat them we thought he didn’t know but I looked at myself one day after raiding the garden and my hands and face gave me away and I had seen him right before I saw the mirror if it would’ve been anyone else they would’ve beat my a$$ or had my daddy do it
But the thing I remember most is he invited me up to eat oysters I had never had them before but I loved them and have eaten them all my life and every single time I do I think of him and smile
I wish I’d of told him how much I Love him but just like he’s telling aunt Betty how much he loves her right now when (if) i get to heaven I have to tell him then

Michael Bigger

September 20, 2019

Uncle Ben was simply my favorite uncle and I had some really good ones. I’m very sad at this time but I’m sure with time I’ll be able to feel better about his passing. I know how strong he was in his faith and I know he is with his Savior. This will be a good memory. Uncle Ben and I went fishing a lot together. He took me when I was just a young man and I expect there were other things he could have been doing but, he had time for me. He was funny when he wanted to be. We were fishing at Robinwood Lake one time in his boat and he made a hat out of a grocery bag. I’ll always remember that hat and how funny I thought it was. He could make lots of things. Uncle Ben was a great friend of my Dad and my Dad thought so very much of him. He and I loved the military and shared lots of stories about our travels. I spent two or three hours with him recently and we talked a lot about his time in the Army. He was proud of his service and it showed in his eyes as he talked. I will really miss Uncle Ben but will see him soon. I love you Sir. Mike.