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Mary L. Leeks

May 11, 1930May 7, 2020

On the calm and peaceful early afternoon of Thursday, May 7, 2020, just 4 days shy of her 90th birthday, Mary Lee Sheppard Leeks passed away at Alliance Hospital in Holly Springs, MS. She was born May 11, 1930, in Cave Spring, GA. The only daughter of the late Willie Sr. and Della Ware Sheppard. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Willie R. Leeks, Sr., daughter, Gennie V Leeks-Cole and brothers, Willie Jr., Marcus, Donn and George Sheppard. She was a lifetime member of New Hope Baptist Church. Joining and being baptized at an early age. She was active in various ministries of the Church until her health began to decline. She received her education in the Floyd County School System, graduating from Fairview High School in May 1947. Her professional career included being a substitute at E. S. Brown Elementary School and later joining the staff at Georgia School for the Deaf as a Houseparent. She retired from GSD in June 1994 because of the declining health of her husband. She loved to travel. Think Planes, Trains and Automobiles, as well as Ships! The highlight of her travels would be her trip to Italy, a gift from her family for her 70th birthday and her trip to Hawaii with her daughter Terry, as well as, other jaunts to the Bahamas and many of the United States. Her last trip before her illness was to Hilton Head, SC. This was becoming an annual tradition and she left looking forward to returning the next year. She also loved life and people and never met a stranger. Conversations with anyone came easy for her and could last for hours. Of course, she always had lots of questions and many conversations began with, “Let me ask you something”. She will truly be missed by her “phone buddies”. She leaves to cherish her memories, three daughters, Terry L. Leeks of Collierville, TN, Phyllis (Eugene) Neal of Cave Spring, GA and Constance McWhorter-Nuckles of San Diego, CA. 2 sons, Willie R. Leeks, Jr. of Collierville, TN and Lernard (Carolyn) Sheppard of Rome, GA. 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. As well as, nieces, nephews, cousins and her caregiver, Olivia Allen of Holly Springs, MS. “Death is not extinguishing the light. It is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.” See you later Mary Leeks!

A graveside service will be held at Round Hill Cemetery Hwy 411 in Cave Spring, GA on Saturday, May 23 at 11:00am


  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, May 23, 2020


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James Barrett

May 23, 2020

I’m sorry to hear of the passing of Mary Leeks . She was like a grandma to me for all of my adult life. She will truly be missed.

Shanone Leeks

May 20, 2020

Miss you

Mary McDaniel

May 16, 2020

So sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Mary Lee, she was like a second mother to me. May the Lord keep his arms around you all and be blessed.
~Mary White McDaniel

Carolyn Somerville

May 15, 2020

Terry my Dear and Sweet Soror,
I was saddened to hear of the transitioning of your Mom. I know that you and your Mom had a special bond!!
I will continue to pray for you and your family at this sorrowful time.
Be encouraged and hold on to all the special talks, travel, and time spent with your Mom!
Remember God loves you, He is right there with you and will never leave you alone!!

Sisterly Love,
Carolyn Somerville

Darryl Haynes

May 15, 2020

Terry and family,

There are no right words; there’s nothing i can say that will make the pain go away that you are feeling right now; however; may the care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days, months, years ahead. I send the entire family my most sincere condolences. I hope that our Lord brings you and your family the much-needed peace during this sad time. My condolences to you and your family.

Love always,

Pat Winston-Dean

May 15, 2020

In my days of chilhood, Cave Springs and visiting with my Aunt Mary A. Glenn, I remember her face and radiant smile!!!
Terry and family my deepest sympathy and sincere condolences......

Joe Barnett

May 14, 2020

So sorry to hear about the loss of Ms.Mary. She was a wonderful lady. May god bless your family thru this difficult time.

Russell Scott

May 14, 2020

I m very remember my ex house parent gsd dorm but she is very cute and help teach learn w me and I m very miss prayer family strong 💪 health God blessings!

Betty Cox

May 14, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. Mary was a wonderful person and did an excellent job on raising her children and grandchildren to be the same. May God bless each of you.

Janice Hunter

May 14, 2020

Praying for Peace and Comfort for the Family and all who Loved Mrs Leeks. May God wrap HIS Comforting arms around you all.


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