OBITUARY

Holland B. "Dusty" Leonard Jr.

February 8, 1927April 4, 2013

Holland B. (Dusty) Leonard died peacefully at Moses Cone Hospital on April 4, 2013.

Born February 8, 1927 to Mary Pauline and Braudis Leonard, Dusty was a lifelong resident of High Point. He attended Duke University and left to join the Navy in World War II. He returned to UNC Chapel Hill where he was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity and earned his Pharmacy license in 1950. Dusty then returned to High Point to join his father at Leonard's Drug Store where he practiced pharmacy for 50 years, or as he liked to say, he not only dispensed prescriptions, but was a dispenser of health information to the public. Leonard's, founded in 1932, was a community destination and as many of their loyal customers knew, happiness was buying candy at Leonard's. He continued his career in the Guilford County Health Department and the High Point Memorial Hospital out patient clinic, where he remained a volunteer after his retirement.

Dusty was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church where he served on numerous committees and as Chairman of the Board of Stewards. He was a member of Numa F Reid Lodge #344 A.F. and A.M. and also served on the Planning and Zoning Commission for the city of High Point. He was an avid aviator and wing hunter and member of Emerywood Country Club and the High Point Quadrille.

He married his college sweetheart, Marion Virginia Owen (Penny) in 1948 who predeceased him in 2004. He is survived by his daughters, Gail Lamm and husband Averette of Raleigh and Jane Johnson and husband Richard of Greensboro; grandchildren Katherine Gorrell, Mitchell Lamm, Steadman Lanier, Beau Johnson, Holly Johnson, Porter Johnson and 10 great grandchildren. The family would like to express heartfelt gratitude to his caregivers, Gracie Setzer, Mike Brower and Hobert, Necy, Michelle, Clara, and Mini.

The service will be held on Sunday, April 7 at First United Methodist Church, 512 North Main Street, High Point at 2:00 pm and visitation will follow in the sanctuary. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to Hospice, First United Methodist Church, or the charity one's choice. Please offer condolences with the family at www.sechrestfunerals.com.

Services

  • Funeral Service Sunday, April 7, 2013
  • Visitation Sunday, April 7, 2013
REMEMBERING

Holland B. "Dusty" Leonard Jr.

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william sherman

November 30, 2013

Dear Gail and Jane; Your father was one of the finest men I have known. He was a wonderful friend to my parents and always encouraged me in my love of the guitar. Although I have not been home to High Point in many years I will always have fond memories of your father.
William J. Sherman Newtown Ct

Bill Millis

April 18, 2013

Gail and Jane, I just learned tonight of your dad's passing. I am out of town, but had to tell you that you and all of your family are in my prayers. Wonderful memories of a very special man and his family! Lot's of love to you all. Hope to see you soon.
Bill Millis and family

April 17, 2013

Dusty's passing moved me deeply. He had interpersonal skills that made him a shining example of how important it is to show respect to those you come in contact with from day to day. I was a delivery boy when I worked at Leonards, and he was the finest employer a young person could have. Hats off to Dusty and his dad, and hello to Charlotte, Serge, C. E., Elmer, Claudy, and Dan Odom. I'd like to extend my sincere personal regards to Dusty's family. Nolan Clinard, Cleveland, GA

Carin High Point

April 8, 2013

My deepest sympathy to you all. I had the pleasure to know and work with Dusty at the Outpatient Clinic. I always looked forward to the days he was woking. Hw was a wonderful person.

Alice Jordan

April 7, 2013

Dear Jane and Gail,
Your father worked for me at High Point Regional Hospital in the Outpatient Clinic. I have never known a finer, Southern gentleman. I learned so much for him, and he became a dear friend to me and my husband, Dewey. We are sad to loose our dear friend, but know that God has a special angel in his heavens. May our God grant to you deepest sympathy and understanding during this most difficult time.
Alice and Dewey Jordan, both R.Ph.

April 6, 2013

Dearest Gail and Jane,

Although we have not seen each other in many years, I want you to know what a pleasure it was being your next door neighbors and how much I enjoyed your father over the years. Not only was he a great neighbor, but the tradition of going to Leonard's for any reason was always enriched by the conversations I would have with him, not only about health and pharmaceuticals, but celebrating when the Heels won a big game, or catching up with him about you and your lives, and enjoying the many lunches, ice creams and sodas at the soda fountain over the years was such a storied tradition of mine. I celebrate with you the life of a truly good man and friend over the years. God bless you. Your friend always, Adrienne Kennedy

RAY ROOK

April 6, 2013

DUSTY AND HIS DAD SERVED MY FAMIY FOR OVER 70 YEARS. I REMEMBER WHEN HE WAS PRESIDENT OF THE SENION CLASS AT HIGH POINT HIGH SCHOOL. I REMEMBER HIS DAD FOR ALL THE WONDERFUL THINGS HE DID FOR THE FAMILIES IN MECHANICSVILLE.
DUSTY FOLLOWED IN HIS FOOTSTEPS DOING GOOD THINGS FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD.
DURING THE HARD TIMES HIS DAD NEVER TURNED ANYONE AWAY EVEN IF THEY DID NOT HAVE THE MONEY TO PAY FOR DRUGS.
OUR OLD NEIGHBORHOOD WAS BLESSED TO HAVE DUSTY AND HIS DAD THERE IN TIMES OF NEED. HE AND HIS DAD WILL ALWAYS BE A PART OF THE MECHANICSVILLE HISTORY.
OUR HEART FELT SYMPATHY IS EXTENDED TO THE FAMILY OF THIS FINE MAN.

Susan Hedgpeth

April 6, 2013

Dear Jane, Richard, Beau, Holly and Porter,
Dusty was such a vibrant man. I always felt his warmth and will remember him with great fondness. All of you will be in my thoughts and prayers from afar.
Love, Susan

Bob Phillips

April 6, 2013

Margaret and I enjoyed knowing Penny and Dusty both as neighbors in Cherokee Hills and at FUMC HP. What a lovely, devoted couple!

FROM THE FAMILY