Monte Vista Funeral Home & Memorial Park

1900 E. Oakland Ave, Johnson City, TN


Robert Roy Leonard Jr.

June 25, 1930February 2, 2020

Robert Roy “Hobe” Leonard, Jr., age 89, of Johnson City, Tennessee, passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at Johnson City Medical Center. He was born in Kingsport, Tennessee, a son of the late Robert Roy Leonard, Sr., and Nellie Hammitt Leonard. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Robert Steven Leonard; three sisters, Violet Lovelace, Doris Carrier, and Nellie Brinkley; and one brother, Charles Bryon Leonard.

Robert was a graduate of Science Hill High School, a veteran of the United States Army, and a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church of Johnson City. He was a business owner of Super Oil Company and an avid UT Volunteers fan.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jane P. Leonard; one daughter, Melinda Boling and husband Kennie; one son, Jeff Leonard; one daughter-in-law, Debbie Leonard; five grandchildren, Bradley Boling, S.J. Leonard, Jessica Blevins, Seth Leonard, and Emily Palan; four great grandchildren, Jacob and Mia Blevins, Bryan Leonard, and Ronin Leonard; one brother, Dwight “Greasy” Leonard; and several nieces and nephews.

A Private Committal Service and Interment will be held in the Garden of the Gospels at Monte Vista Memorial Park with Rev. Ted Henry officiating.

Arrangements especially for Mr. Robert Roy “Hobe” Leonard, Jr., and his family have been made through Monte Vista Funeral Home & Memorial Park, 1900 E. Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, TN; 423-282-2631.


  • Private Committal Service & Interment


Robert Roy Leonard Jr.

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Serena Potter

February 6, 2020

It was an honor, however brief, to be allowed witness of the endurance and strength of your family.

Thank you.

I have been and will continue to pray for you daily, and hold close the memory.

Serena Potter LPN

Kenneth Phillips

February 5, 2020

GODS Blessings to the Family and Friends of Bob Leonard.
Worked for Bob for 6 1/2 years @ Super Oil bay #27. It was as a pleasure working for you Sir. Rest In Peace!

C Herr

February 4, 2020

Bobby Leonard, whom we have called Hobe all of my life, would light up a room. I believe he had a mission to leave the mood elevated anytime he visited.
I will never forget his countless and cherished visits to each of my parents, Bibby and Terrell, as they became ill. He was a caring and devoted cousin, even though my mother, HIS FIRST COUSIN, tattled on him when she spied him sneaking off the SHHS campus back in the day.
I will miss this special man and his endearing swagger. He was a neat guy. Love you Hobe.

Seth Leonard

February 4, 2020

Bobby was the quintessential grandpa. He loved Hardee's biscuits, shooting the breeze with strangers and cruising the streets of the Tri-Cities. He never turned down an opportunity for a good haggle or a hand of cards.

Whether he was showing you how to roll quarters or dazzle people with mathematical parlor tricks, Bobby wanted to be the smartest guy in the room while still making sure everyone had fun.

His life and career are a testament to the power of personal relationships. He worked almost to his final day to leverage his many connections to help out his family and friends.

Nobody is perfect but, when you're a great grandfather four times over (and for over twenty years), you're clearly doing something right.

The best parts of him live on with names like Leonard, Boling and Blevins, and we'll all be working to keep spinning the same yarn he started over 80 years ago.

Dottie Stout

February 4, 2020

Bob's girls here at Renasant Bank are heart broken to learn of his passing. He was loved by our staff and will forever be remembered as a cherished family member by our team. Rest in peace sweet Bob.