OBITUARY

Joseph A. Leone

December 10, 1944May 11, 2018
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Memorial services for Joseph "Joe" Anthony Leone will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Summer Grove Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Centuries Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. prior to the service. Officiating will be Dr. Rod Masteller assisted by Brother Billy Crosby.

Joe was born December 10, 1944 in Shreveport, LA to Johnnie and Mary Leone and went to be with his Lord on May 11, 2018 after complications from heart surgery. He graduated from Bossier High in 1963. He went to work in 1965 at Western Electric. He continued to work there as it transitioned to AT&T and later, to Lucent Technologies. While working full time, Joe was able to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from Nova University at the age of 48, becoming the first member of his family to earn a college degree. After retiring from Lucent in 1999, Joe then went to work as the CFO at Cornerstone Rehabilitation from 1999-2005. He subsequently served as the Executive Director of The Terrance Assisted Living in Shreveport from 2005-2013. Joe proudly served his country in the United States Army National Guard and Army Reserves for 27 years, retiring January 1, 2005 earning the rank of Sergeant Major.

Joe was greatly loved by numerous family members and friends including his church family and the New Beginnings Sunday School Class at Summer Grove Baptist Church. Joe accepted Christ as his Savior and was baptized in 1991. He had a great passion for serving his Lord Jesus Christ and sharing his testimony with anyone who would listen. Joe was extremely proud to serve as a member, deacon, trustee, and choir member at Summer Grove Baptist Church for over 27 years.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Johnnie and Mary Leone. Left to cherish his memory and continue his legacy are his wife and best friend of 48 years, Verda Ebarb Leone; his children, Kenny Leone and wife, Cherie’, Stephen Leone and wife, Shannon, Kim Cooper and husband, Allen, and Susan Burkett and husband, Ben. Joe adored his 14 grandchildren, Hunter, Chase, and Emily-Anne Leone; Christian, Josh and Anna Kate Leone; Tyler, Chance, and Kaylee Campbell; Hayley and Zack Cooper; and Madison, Lauren, and Jackson Burkett. Joe was also blessed to have two great-grandchildren, Pierson Leone and Harper Grey Boulay and numerous nieces and nephews. Joe is also survived by his two brothers, Johnny Leone, Jr. and wife, Antoinette, and Andy Leone and wife, Kathy. Joe’s grandsons will have the honor of serving as pallbearers.

The family would like to thank Dr. Paul “Corky” Davis, Dr. Mary Mancini, and Christus Highland CCU staff for their extensive efforts and care.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Summer Grove Baptist Church building fund in honor of Joe.

  • FAMILY

  • Johnnie and Mary Leone, Parents
  • Verda Leone, Wife
  • Kenny Leone and Cherie', Son and wife
  • Stephen Leone and Shannon, Son and wife
  • Kim Cooper and Allen, Daughter and husband
  • Susan Burkett and Ben, Daughter and husband
  • Joe adored his fourteen grandchildren, Hunter, Chase, and Emily-Anne Leone; Christian, Josh, and Anna Kate Leone; Tyler, Chance, and Kaylee Campbell; Hayley and Zack Cooper; and Madison, Lauren, and Jackson Burkett. Joe was also blessed to have two great-grandchildren, Pierson Leone and Harper Grey Boulay and numerous nieces and nephews. Joe is also survived by his two brothers Johnny Leone, Jr. and wife, Antoinette and Andy Leone and wife, Kathy.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Hunter Leone
  • Christian Leone
  • Chase Leone
  • Joshua Leone
  • Tyler Campbell
  • Chance Campbell

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, May 15, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Service Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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Jeff Hogan

May 18, 2018

hello leone family, as i was viewing the movie here on this website i laughed out loud when i saw the picture of joe in his t-shirt that said, "NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE". indeed he was NOT your average joe. he had a way of making everybody feel important and was just so pleasant and easy to talk to. even though he was old enough to be my dad i never, in the 25 years i knew him even thought about calling him mr. leone, he was just a good friend like someone my age i would hang out with and enjoy. his love for life, people, and winsome smile had a way of making people feel so comfortable. i've got lots of great memories of joe but one especially i know i will NEVER forget and even wrote it inside the cover of the bible i still use today. one cold tuesday night, february 2, 1998, he and i were out on church visitation and had a card on a 78 year old man named paul gent who lived on baird road at crabapple. (we often went together on visits) mr. gent was in a wheelchair but welcomed us inside for a visit. we quickly learned that he was raised catholic but a friend had invited him to summer grove. joe took the lead in our conversation and began to enthusiastically share the story of how he was saved. this man had some questions but joe answered every one backing it up with scripture. joe then invited him to pray the sinners prayer and ask christ to be his lord and savior. the man wholeheartedly agreed and just after joe led him in the prayer the guy began shouting, so joe and i joined in with him !!! i'm sure he has already reunited with this man in glory along with so many others his testimony helped influence to accept christ. there's an emptiness in my soul now but i know it'll be filled some day when we all see him again. may the peace that passes ALL understanding guard your hearts and minds in christ. love you ms. verna and all family. praying for you in the difficult days ahead. psalm 34:18-20 blessings, jeff hogan

Keith Tarkington

May 16, 2018

Being the new guy on staff at Summer Grove Baptist Church, I came in just a little bit nervous. I was transitioning from 37 years as a full-time Youth Pastor to working with the "Mature Adults" at SGBC. In my mind, I thought I would be alright, but you never know. Especially when you are following someone so loved as a Murry Hodge. It didn't take long for me to realize I would be fine...........because of people like Joe & Verda Leone who showed me so much love & acceptance from day one! Not a week went by that Bro. Joe didn't come up to me at church to ask if my house had sold in Hot Springs & to tell me he was still praying for it to sell. He genuinely loved me & Debbie & made us feel loved at the same time. I thank God for allowing me to know this man....even if it was for just a short amount of time. It was worth every minute!!! :)

Tammy Daniels

May 14, 2018

To the entire Leone Family,

I'll never forget the humor and smile Joe welcomed me with, during my first day working for him at AT&T. I have great memories of Joe making the most of corporate rules and regulations, while he and I were in charge of maintenance operation procedures. He knew how to insert fun into boring corporate policies we had to follow. I enjoyed sharing new computer short cuts with him, after he receive his brand new Gateway computer installed on his desk. I was called everyday to help him exit our of an application he was so curious to dive into on his own. I loved spending nearly 12 years at work with him. A fun, caring, God fearing man who always had his Family photos on display at his office. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this difficult time.
I pray your good times together, comfort you.

Stephanie Zaidi

May 14, 2018

Dear Kim, Allen, and the rest of the Leone family, we are sending our condolences, prayers, and love! Thinking of all of you and keeping you heavy in our hearts. 💗
Joe was such an honorable man of Christ and always so fun to be around. His actions truly spoke for themselves. I marveled at how he always put his family first and was present at everything that Kim had going on. As her neighbor, I was amazed at the Leone’s in general. Such a big family, with even bigger hearts of great compassion and love. I guess I could easily see where it came from.

As the days pass, know that ya’ll have many people praying over your wonderful family. 🙏🙏 Joe will long be remembered by most as a kid at heart with a deameanor that was inspiring and reminiscent of Christ. Yet, he was full of a warm spirit that was whimsical and so fun. What a precious soul for young and old to be around.

💙With loving thoughts and solace in the days ahead,💙

Stephanie Zaidi and family

Ashley Welborn

May 13, 2018

My Godfather, my special Uncle, my 2nd dad!! You are already missed so much!! I can’t stop thinking of all the precious memories we share. I will always know and believe it was you and your faith in the Lord that helped healed me so many times in my life!! You prayed for me in times I didn’t have the strength to pray for myself! You always believed in me and always told me how proud you were of me! I know deep down I was your favorite niece! At least favorite niece named Ashley! Ha! You knew how to keep a smile on everyone’s face and somehow writing this I broke a smile! I will see you again and know you will be welcoming me with open arms!! Hug Mamaw Myatt, Mamaw Sandifer, Uncle Butch, Aunt Vera, Little David and all of our other loved ones that left this earth way to soon! We will grieve for you but we will always cherish and laugh at all the amazing times you gave us all!! Thank you and God Bless you. I love you Uncle Joe!!

Denise Simmons

May 13, 2018

The halls of Summer Grove will never quite be the same. We will all miss his contagious smile. He is sadly missed. We are praying for comfort.
Love you all very much.
Denise & William

Wendy Williams

May 13, 2018

So sad of the sudden loss of this sweet man but know he's with Jesus today! Loved his voice and hugs.

Stacy Hicks

May 13, 2018

The biggest laugh. The biggest smile. The biggest hug. The biggest heart. Loved his family tremendously. Those sweet grand babies were his world. Mrs Leone is what a woman and wife should be. And he cherished her so. Kenny. Stephen. Kim. Susan. Are the legacy he leaves behind. Until I get to hug you again. I love you. Mr Leone.

Pam Ebarb

May 13, 2018

Hope this doesn't sound disrespectful, but I loved me some Joe Leone. It's hard for me to remember a time Joe wasn't in our Ebarb family. He always made me laugh, almost always had some smart crack for me. He was just a good guy! Those days were hazy but I think he helped carry both my parents to their final resting places. Both of them held Joe in high regard. I'm glad I have happy memories from the last few times I saw him....my birthday, Halloween, and just before Christmas. And I'll never forget seeing his big old mustached face on the jumbotron at AT&T Stadium during the Cowboys game!!! Rest in the Lord, Joseph! I, one of many, will miss you!! 💙

Angie Rivers

May 13, 2018

He will be missed. My prayers are with you all.

Biography

Memorial services for Joseph "Joe" Anthony Leone will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Summer Grove Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Centuries Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. prior to the service. Officiating will be Dr. Rod Masteller assisted by Brother Billy Crosby.

Joe was born December 10, 1944 in Shreveport, LA to Johnnie and Mary Leone and went to be with his Lord on May 11, 2018 after complications from heart surgery. He graduated from Bossier High in 1963. He went to work in 1965 at Western Electric. He continued to work there as it transitioned to AT&T and later, to Lucent Technologies. While working full time, Joe was able to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from Nova University at the age of 48, becoming the first member of his family to earn a college degree. After retiring from Lucent in 1999, Joe then went to work as the CFO at Cornerstone Rehabilitation from 1999-2005. He subsequently served as the Executive Director of The Terrance Assisted Living in Shreveport from 2005-2013. Joe proudly served his country in the United States Army National Guard and Army Reserves for 27 years, retiring January 1, 2005 earning the rank of Sergeant Major.

Joe was greatly loved by numerous family members and friends including his church family and the New Beginnings Sunday School Class at Summer Grove Baptist Church. Joe accepted Christ as his Savior and was baptized in 1991. He had a great passion for serving his Lord Jesus Christ and sharing his testimony with anyone who would listen. Joe was extremely proud to serve as a member, deacon, trustee, and choir member at Summer Grove Baptist Church for over 27 years.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Johnnie and Mary Leone. Left to cherish his memory and continue his legacy are his wife and best friend of 48 years, Verda Ebarb Leone; his children, Kenny Leone and wife, Cherie’, Stephen Leone and wife, Shannon, Kim Cooper and husband, Allen, and Susan Burkett and husband, Ben. Joe adored his 14 grandchildren, Hunter, Chase, and Emily-Anne Leone; Christian, Josh and Anna Kate Leone; Tyler, Chance, and Kaylee Campbell; Hayley and Zack Cooper; and Madison, Lauren, and Jackson Burkett. Joe was also blessed to have two great-grandchildren, Pierson Leone and Harper Grey Boulay and numerous nieces and nephews. Joe is also survived by his two brothers, Johnny Leone, Jr. and wife, Antoinette, and Andy Leone and wife, Kathy.