Johnson Funeral Home

2685 Henderson Dr, Jacksonville, NC


Francisco De Leon

May 20, 1951June 19, 2019

Francisco De Leon 68 of Jacksonville, passed away on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

In loving memory of Francisco De Leon, a man that wore various hats to many. He devoted 23 years to the United States Marine Corps, retiring as SgtMaj In 1996. He served his community everyday since, doing anything he possible could to give back to those in need. He made his vision come true by opening up his international store Mi Casita to running the Hispanic Resource Center. He was a “jack of all trades” and if he couldn’t do it he definitely knew someone who could. Most importantly, he was a devoted dad, a proud grandpa, a supporting brother, and a loving son. We will always say see you later but not goodbye.

Francisco is preceded in death by his loving wife Alma De Leon and brother, Danny De Leon.

He is survived by three daughters; Michelle De Leon-Sberna, Krisanda De Leon, Christina Anderson, all of Jacksonville, mother, Elisena De Leon, three brothers; David De Leon, James John De Leon, Ricardo De Leon, three sisters, Diana Perez, Minerva Parton of, Elisena Longoria of, eleven grandchildren; Tyler Ross, Xavier Ross, Shawn De Leon, Christopher Sberna, Rashard Anderson, Angelina Ross, Rahlai Anderson, Patricia Anderson, Raymond Anderson, Alana Mosely, Alma-Sky De Leon, two great grandchildren, Andre Underwood, and Jordan Ross.

A funeral service will be held at Johnson Funeral Home, Jacksonville, on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 11:00 am. Burial will follow in Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home, Jacksonville.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 26, 2019


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Krissy De Leon

June 30, 2019

You always kept our family close. Even closer when mom passed. You kept us busy. Every birthday, holiday, and every good and bad day, I will miss you more. You were the epitome of a good man. To hear everyone speak on your behalf and to see the crowds of people that loved you. You never boasted about your good. You were the greatest, humblest person I have ever known.

Carmela Underwood

June 26, 2019

I will forever hold Frank with a high regard. He had the biggest heart. I remember an Easter Sunday celebration, I had thanked him for having us over and thanked him for his warm hospitality. I said you always make me feel so welcomed here and you make me feel like family, to which he replied, "What are you talking about we are family, we will always be family now." I have a lot of respect and admiration for him and I will always tell my grandson Andre, Frank's great grandson ,about how his great grandpa was a kind loving man. Till we meet again Frank see you later!

Brian Kinnaly

June 26, 2019


Every time my family was invited to your house for an Easter party or a birthday party we always had our talks. We would always talk about our families and our Corps. I am thankful to you for the memories, the knowledge and the experiences that you have passed to me. From all the Marines that know you, thank you, without a doubt you made a difference in the lives of all the Marines that ever had contact with you. Semper Fidelis.

Christina Anderson

June 23, 2019

No matter what we would celebrate everyone’s birthday!

Michelle De Leon-Sberna

June 22, 2019

Thank you for helping me raise my sons. You were so much more than a grandfather to them

Lorena Aguirre

June 22, 2019

Sitting here trying to find the right words 😢 still can't accept the fact that ur gone, that i will never get that big hug every time I stoped by to see u or get lecture every time I did something wrong the past 24 yrs I knew you 🙁. Working with you at mi casita for 5 yrs was one of the best jobs ever, I learned so much from you. You were a great boss, teacher and friend to me. Thank u for being there for me when I needed u the most 20 yrs ago. Thank u Frank for your last 24 yrs serving and always going out of your way to help the Hispanic community. Jacksonville will never be the same again 😔 RIP "Don Frank" Don Casita" see u one day again 😭😭😭😭😭