Phyllis Ann Paris Leonard
Phyllis Ann Paris Leonard was born April 17, 1938, to the late Ann Lou and Calvin Louis Parris in Charleson. She entered her eternal rest on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017.
She was educated in the Bradley County School System and graduated from College Hill High School in Cleveland. She attended Spelman College in Atlanta. She confessed Christ and joined Mount Eagle Baptist Church at an early age and faithfully attended. She was active in many activities of the church along with playing the piano and singing.
She received her piano training from the late Maude Martin, and was in many musical recitals.
When Phyllis moved to Lexington, she joined Emmanuel United Church of Christ. Then on Jan. 15, 1994, she became a member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church, where she served on the Missionary Board and the Senior Saints.
Before her illness, she was a nurse assistant for many years at Central Baptist Hospital. Once she retired, she still had the urge to work and become a sitter at the University of Kentucky Hospital.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Felton Leonard.
She leaves behind her children to cherish her memories: James Anthony (Terri) Murphy, Valerie (Michael) Reese of Lexington, Ky., and Ronnie (Julia) Murphy of Liburn, Ga; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her two brothers: Edward L. Parris of Cleveland and the Rev. James W. (Linda) Parris; one sister, Sharon L. (Wayne) Jarrett of Charleston; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Her favorite scripture was, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path." Proverbs 3: 5-6.
The funeral was held Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Lexington with Pastor Bishop Jerome Norwood the eulogist. Burial followed in Evergreen Memory Gardens.
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