Leo Donald Brevard

December 20, 1921December 22, 2013

Leo Donald Brevard, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, died peacefully on December 22, 2013. He was born December 20, 1921 to Hugh Brevard and Jessie Corn Brevard, the last of eight children. Mr. Brevard is survived by Eleanor Greene Brevard, his wife for 66 years; his daughters Roxanna Hoffman of Marion, N.C. and her husband Terrill A. Hoffman, and Dinah Mann of Raleigh, N.C. and her husband Stephen Mann. In addition, he is survived by three grandchildren, Amber Couch of Harrisburg, N.C. and her husband Jason Couch, Bradford Taylor of Harrisburg, N.C., and Allison Mattingly of Phoenix, Ariz. and her husband Aaronn Mattingly and her children, Charity and Conner. Mr. Brevard was preceded in death by all his siblings. After graduating from Edneyville High School, he attended Brevard College and Appalachian State Teachers College. His education was interrupted when he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marines and served proudly with the 5th Amphibious Tractor Battalion in the Pacific Theater during WWII. First Lieutenant Brevard participated in the amphibious landings at IWO JIMA where he went on to command Company “A” during the battle. At the conclusion of WWII, Mr. Brevard resumed his education at Appalachian State Teachers College where he earned a BS degree in Biology and History, as well as playing Left Guard for the Mountaineers football team. He then began his career as a biology teacher and coach. During his tenure at Valdese High School, his football and basketball teams were always competitive, especially the 1960-61 basketball team that won the Northwestern Conference regular season and tournament. His life was interrupted again by the Korean War when he was recalled to active duty. He served as an instructor at Camp Lejeune. Mr. Brevard returned to teaching but continued to serve his country with the rank of Major in the Marine Corps Reserve. He completed his career at South Mecklenburg High School when he retired in 1983. While steadfast in his duty to his country and dedicated to his teaching career, Mr. Brevard’s passion was forestry. Mr. & Mrs. Brevard began acquiring land in McDowell County in the early 1960’s, and for over 45 years Mr. Brevard spent his spare time initiating forest management to improve the quality of the family forest. In addition to being a Certified Tree Farmer, and Certified Stewardship Landowner, Mr. Brevard was the recipient of the 2008 North Carolina Tree Farmer of the Year. He felt that it was his purpose to improve the property not only for timber production, but also for the improvement of wildlife, recreation, and conservation. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM, December 24th at Providence Bapt. Church. Visitation will follow. A graveside service will be held at Glenwood Cemetery in McDowell Co. at 1:00 PM December 26th. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Alzeheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011 Washington, DC 20090-6011 or to a charity of one’s choice. McEwen Funeral Service – Charlotte Chapel is serving the family. Online condolences and notes of sympathy may be made at


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, December 24, 2013
  • Graveside Service Thursday, December 26, 2013

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Russell Robinson

December 6, 2014

Mrs. Brevard -- I am very late in writing this I am thankful for your husband's long life. Your name comes up frequently at our house -- Barbara Helms (South 1966) and I have been married since 1970 and we still talk about of your senior math class! John Findlay mentioned you recently also. You were GREAT -- many thanks. Russ Robinson South 1965 -- email

Pam Golden

March 1, 2014

My deepest condolences. I attended South Meck High School in the early 80s, and Mr. and Mrs. Brevard had tremendous influence on me at the time - the two best teachers in the school and I was blessed to be taught by each of them. I remember high expectations and excellent humor (from Mr. Brevard, when we over-etherized fruit flies, pointing at the open window, "Throw 'em in the morgue!"). My career today (pharmaceutical research) was initiated by their influences, and I am profoundly grateful. Mrs. Brevard, surely our Lord is watching over you, as he did over your marriage to this lovely man.



January 24, 2014

Dear Eleanor:
Gladys and I were saddened to learn of Leo's passing in December. What a wonderful thing to have had 66 happy and exciting years together. We will reach 60 this Dec., if we both make it until then.
We sure had some great fun times with you two, both at events on the ASU Campus, and especially on the ASU Travel Tours. We shall always treasure those times together. You and your family shall be in our thoughts and prayers as you work though the next few months.. At the same time what wonderful memories that you will have of this great husband, father, grandfather, and friend to so many. God Bless You!

Our Love,
Don and Gladys Lineberger
1973 Wexford Ct.
Gastonia, N. C. 28054

Dave Thompson

December 31, 2013

Mr. Brevard was my biology teacher at South Mecklenburg, "back in the day." He was one of those milestone teachers that you never forget. I remember him fondly and send condolences to Mrs. Brevard and family.

December 27, 2013

I attended South Meck High 1969-1970 as a sophomore,prior to the "court ordered" redistricting of school assignments that took place fall of 1970 when I was a junior and was "sent' to Olympic High, I had Mrs. Nelson for 10th grade Biology at South meck and was in awe of Mr. Brevard, head of the Science Dept.. He had a reputationas tough, fair, and a great teacher. 5 years later as a junior Biology major at ASU, I did my required semester of student teaching "under" Mr. Brevard, fall of 1975. He had not taken ona student teacher in quite awhile because his last experience with one was not a great one, so I was apprehensive to say the least! That semester he worked my behind off, but he did so with a "gentle" toughness, patience, kindness, respect, and humor. I learned invaluable lessons from him that set the tone for my teaching career in clinical laboratory medicine. He instructed me in practice and example, not only as to how best to teach Biology to a variety of students with varying aptitudes, but to do so in a way that values and respects each student as a person... He was a "teacher's teacher" and a great man.
Debbie Yandle Burgess

James Bowman

December 26, 2013

My deepest sympathies,
My memories are of Mr. Brevard as our next door neighbor on Hickory Street in Valdese. He and Mrs. Brevard were always good neighbors and as the parents of Roxanne and Dinah were definitely respected by me and my sisters. The fact that he worked as the high school football coach had me regarding him as a local celebrity, and delighted he was our neighbor. He was a good man, and even at ten and younger I was able to appreciate his positive character.
James L. "Jimmy" Bowman

Robert Edwards

December 26, 2013

Mr Brevard was the best. He was so much more than teacher and coach. He taught his students respect, discipline and gave them the confidence to be successful.

December 26, 2013

My condolences to Mrs Brevard and family. Mr Brevard (and Mrs Brevard) were the BEST teachers EVER. I remember many of his pearls of wisdom. He was very considerate, knew I could use some assistance and recruited me to plant several acres of trees, and paid me well for a high school student. I have so many fond memories of both. May he rest in peace and may God look down on Mrs Brevard. Respectfully, Dean Passmore

Greg and Terry Williams

December 26, 2013

Mr Brevard taught both my wife,Terry, and i at South Mecklenburg back in 1969. We will never forget disecting frogs in his biology class as he instructed, "pick up that frog it will not bite is cleaner than you are!" Yes, he was hard, but the good teachers usually are

Myrna Oxford Citron

December 25, 2013

Mr. Brevard was my biology teacher at Valdese High of my favorite teachers. I recall class members around his desk to see "what makes a car run". Don't recall what he had on the desk that day but I do recall that it was another interesting lesson. My sympathy to his family.