Joseph Leon Pringle Jr.

May 7, 1932July 8, 2019

Joseph Leon Pringle Jr., age 87, of Satsuma, Alabama passed away on Monday, July 8, 2019. Leon was born May 7, 1932 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to Birdie Mae Essary Pringle and Joseph Leon Pringle. Leon was a veteran of the United States Navy and a dual member of Chickasaw United Methodist Church and Parkway Heights United Methodist Church. He was a NASA Flight Controller with Mission Control for some time. Leon was involved in the Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab Missions. He served as an engineer for Ford Motor Company, Wagoner Electric, and Comcast Cable. Leon was very active in his church as well as the United Way, Boy Scouts, and Amateur Radio Association.

Leon is survived by his daughter, Cyndee (Doug) Gangawere; granddaughters, Karla (David) Constantine and Kristen (Griffin) Blake; great-grandchildren, Reagan, Alexander, Madison, and Abigail; and nephew, David (Linell) Pringle.

Leon was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey Smith Pringle; son, Joseph "Bud" Leon Pringle, III; father, Joseph Leon Pringle; mother, Birdie Mae Essary Pringle; and brother, Delano Lawson Pringle.

A visitation for Leon will be held Thursday, July 11, 2019 from 5:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m at Radney Funeral Home, 1200 Industrial Pkwy, Saraland, Alabama 36571. A celebration of life will occur Friday at 10:00 a.m. at Chickasaw United Methodist Church, 108 Lee St, Chickasaw, Alabama 36611. Visitation will occur Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Moore Funeral Home, Hattiesburg, Mississippi followed by interment.

Serving as pallbearers are Glen Lowrey, Randy Carter, David Constantine, Griffin Blake, James Currie, Wayne Miller. Honorary pallbearers are Glen Jacobs, Dr. Kirk Frasier and Fred Haise.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Leon's memory may be made to Chickasaw United Methodist Church, 108 Lee St, Chickasaw, Alabama 36611,

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  • Visitation Thursday, July 11, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Friday, July 12, 2019


Joseph Leon Pringle Jr.

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Carolyn/Terry Weaver

July 11, 2019

Our most precious memory of Leon is his desire to always want the best for each of the 2 ham radio clubs in Mobile. He encouraged getting along. He was a peaceable man.

Glenn Lowery

July 10, 2019

1 John 3:18: Little children let us love not in word and speech, but in action and truth.
That was Leon to the core...he was the most kind, loving, and positive person I've ever met.

Glenn Lowery - K2FF

Curt Waites

July 9, 2019

I have known Leon many years through our common bond of Amateur Radio. Many times Leon checked into one of the nets as W 5 N A or W 5 Nooo Antenna. I will miss those days gone by from a friend in the hobby.
Leon was a friend to all, always ready to help anyone with a question. Always ready to do his part in any joint effort project. Leon represents the passing of one of Americas finest. .