James Ellis Leonard Jr.

February 15, 1954October 6, 2020

James Ellis Leonard, Jr., 66 died Tuesday, October 6, 2020. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, October 10, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 4145 Johnson Street, High Point. Interment will follow in Guilford Memorial Park, 6000 West Gate City Boulevard, Greensboro.

James was born February 15, 1954, in Bristol, Tennessee, son of the late James Ellis Leonard, Sr. and Maxine Fleenor Leonard. He was a devoted member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. James received his BS degree and was an IT analyst with Guilford County Schools. He enjoyed everything computers and was into science fiction and genealogy.

James’ personality and character with his humor were contagious and he touched everyone he encountered. He was very loved globally by everyone he met, especially his extended family by marriage who considered him a son, brother, uncle, and a friend. They are mourning him as much as his beloved wife and daughter as well as his family by marriage and some extended family in the US. He was a devoted father who spent every free moment of his life with his lovely daughter Aliki Leonard. His immediate family, wife Rita and daughter Aliki, meant the world to him.

Mr. Leonard is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Rita Zaher Leonard; daughter, Aliki Elise Leonard; brother-in-law/brother Samir Zaher and wife, Majida and uncle Curtis Fleenor and wife, Chris. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews and many loving extended family in Nazareth, Israel.

For those who wish to pay their respects may do so Friday, October 9 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Hanes Lineberry Sedgefield Chapel, 6000 West Gate City Boulevard, Greensboro. The family will receive friends from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. prior to the service at the church in the Gathering Space.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in James memory may be made to Multiple Myeloma Foundation, 12650 Riverside Dr., Suite 206, North Hollywood, CA 91607.


  • Those Who Wish to Pay Their Respects

    Friday, October 9, 2020

  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 10, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, October 10, 2020

  • Interment

    Saturday, October 10, 2020


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Mary Petty

October 10, 2020

Praying for the Leonard and the Zaher families. Rest in peace James. Till we meet again.


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