James "Jim" "Candy Man" Leonard

August 11, 1933August 20, 2013
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James “ Jim” “Candy Man” Leonard, 80, passed away August 20, 2013 at Frye Regional Medical Center after a period of declining health. James was born August 11, 1933 in Catawba Co. to the late Ernest Vance and Lydia Anne Morrison Leonard. He was a life time member of Zion Lutheran Church, where he was known as the Candy Man, retired from G. E. and was a U. S. Army veteran. He also loved hunting and fishing. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by three brothers, Daniel Leonard, Dr. Walter Leonard and Ed Leonard, two sisters, Evola Burris and Juanita Shrum. Surviving are his wife, Muriel Brittain Leonard of Hickory; daughter, Kim Hollars and husband, Danny, of Lenoir; son, Dennis Leonard and wife, Susan, of Hudson; grandchildren, Joshua Hollars of Fort Mill, SC; Jessica Wisniewski and husband, Carl, of Normal, IL; Charity Huffman and husband, Chris, of Lenoir and special pets, Lola, Maggie, Beacon, Koda, Noah, Gizmo and Zoe. Services will be Friday, August 23, at 2:00 P. M. at Zion Lutheran Church with Rev. Edward Harper, Jr. and Rev. Dr. J. David Hill officiating. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 7:00 – 8:30 P. M. at Hickory Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Caldwell Regional Hospice, 526 Pine Mtn. Rd., Hudson, N. C. 28638 or to Zion Lutheran Church, 1911 Zion Lutheran Church Rd, Hickory, N. C. 28602. Condolences may be made online at Hickory Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



  • FUNERAL SERVICE Friday, August 23, 2013
  • VISITATION Thursday, August 22, 2013



James "Jim" "Candy Man" Leonard

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Tammy Hollifield

September 10, 2013

Kim and Dennis I am so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. I did not know until today 9/9/2013. I have so many good memories of your mom and dad. I used to see your dad at Ingles quite often and knew I had not seen him in a while. Both of you and your families are in my thoughts and prayers.

August 23, 2013

Sorry that we could not be there to share your grief and join in the celebration of his life!

Your cousin,

Phillip Morrison

August 23, 2013

We are Jim's neighbors down the road, We are very sorry to hear about Mr. Leonard' passing. Rmember to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. He's in glory, shouting and rejoicing with the Lord and his passing family members that received Jesus in their hearts. Our prayers have been going up for your family and will continue in the coming days. God bless you, Tony and Frances Eller 5376 Meadowlane Dr.

Roscoe&La nelle Morrison

August 23, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Larry and Debbie McLean

August 23, 2013

Dennis and family, We were so sorry to learn that your father passed away. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow.

Michelle Huskey

August 23, 2013

It was an honor to be able to meet your daddy. I remember him taking me into the back room to show me his photos of when he & Muriel were young & when he was in the military. I could see him light up with joy just telling me stories of he & his wife. That was so precious. I admired how they would relate to each other as if they were still in love & especially their sense of humor. I know one thing he loved his family & was very proud of them. Now, the Lord has called him home. Heaven has gained another angel. I pray the Lord gives the family strength during this difficult time & you find peace knowing that he has made it to his heavenly home rejoicing with Almighty God.
Love & prayers, Darin & Michelle Huskey

Eric Franklin

August 22, 2013

Just going through the photos shows how much he will be missed.

August 22, 2013

So sorry for your loss, he was such a sweet man.

Steve and Lauren McKinney

Teresa Foster

August 22, 2013

Jim will be missed! He was such a warm and caring man. He made sure everyone had a piece (or two) of candy after church. Such sweet memories! Love and prayers to all the family. Jim loved you all.