Leona R. Chavis

December 26, 1919November 7, 2019

WEST COLUMBIA – Leona Risinger Chavis, 99 years old, of West Columbia, South Carolina, died peacefully at the Lexington Medical Center surrounded by her loving family on November 7, 2019.

She was born in Leesville, South Carolina, on December 26, 1919 to Henry and Victoria Risinger and would have been 100 years old next month, but God had other plans and called her home to be with him. Leona was married to Elzie Lin Chavis for over 57 years and had a passion for gardening, canning and sewing. However, her greatest joy and passion was enjoying her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Leona had a great ministry serving others in the Pentecostal faith, while her family will forever hold onto the memories of her and the strong values she instilled in them. Survivors include son, Melvin Chavis (Frances); daughters, Joyce Davis (Wayne), Rebecca Jones (Don), Donna Jones (John) and daughter-in-law, Joyce Chavis. Leona was preceded in death by her husband, Elzie; oldest son, Clyde Chavis and granddaughters, Amanda Wall and Christy Hutto.

A private graveside service will be conducted for family at Southland Memorial Gardens, with arrangements made by Caughman-Harman Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Crossroads World Outreach in remembrance of Leona.


  • Crossroads World Outreach Center


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Carey Neese

November 11, 2019

What can I say about my favorite Aunt, Leona? A lot. She was married to my favorite Uncle, Elzie. She was a woman of many talents. She could outwork any man I know. She was a wonderful cook and mother, and she had a very special way of making you feel welcome. She always put family first. "Welcome home my good and faithful servant."