Celebrating the life of Leon Haywood Hyde
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Leon was baptized at Liberty Baptist Church at an early age. He graduated in 1973 from Amelia County High School
Leon joined the military in 1973 and served until he was honorably discharged in 1975. His basic training station was in Fort Riley, KS in the 1st Infantry Division and AIT training in St. Louis, MO. Leon received decorations/medals/badges and commendations in several areas. He received a National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (EDREA) and a Marksman (H-16 Rifle) Medal. His last overseas service was completed in Korea. After his honorable discharge from the military, Leon lived in New York, and later moved to Maryland until his health began to fail in 2017/2018.
Leon loved people. He never met a stranger. He had a passion for music, dancing and food. His favorite, favorite song was, I Stand Accused by Isaac Hayes. He also love to dance, when the music started, Leon was on the floor. He was named by his nephew Telvis as “two-step”. Leon was very much loved by his siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins and neighbors. The nurses at the VA Hospital described Leon was “their favorite patient” and every day one of them would go in his room, wake him up and talk to him even though he could not respond verbally.
Leon was preceded in death by his parents, Pleasant and Anna Mitchell Hyde; siblings, William, Alvin (Man), Ernestine (Tinnie) and Lewis.
Leon does not have any children and has never been married, but is survived by seven sisters, Fannie Baylor of Washington, DC, Helen Phillips of Rice, VA, Catherine Booker (George) of Jetersville, VA, Esther Fleming of Powhatan, VA, Anna Epps of Baltimore, MD, Sylvia Mitchell of Jetersville, VA and Bonita Redd (Russell) of Farmville, VA; one brother, Reginald Hyde of Amelia, VA; one uncle, Robert Reed (Queen) of Richmond, VA; eighteen nephews; seven nieces; a host of great and great-great nieces and nephews; a host of cousins that grew up and played with him, Reverend Emanuel Hyde, Jr., Howard Hyde, Bernard (Bunky), Ronnie, Lonnie, Fred, Rex, Clinton, Clyde, Colleen, Karen, Bert, Angie, Cindy and Carl; sister-in-law, Verniecer Sims Hyde; neighbors, Little Geeg, Keith, Kenneth, Connie, Allen, BB, Maxine, Zack, Duck, Ercell and others that have been mistakenly overlooked. Leon loved his aunt Caroline and she was crazy about him, even though he loved his other aunts and uncles. Special brother-in-law, Russell Redd. Leon will be greatly missed.
Funeral Services Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Liberty Baptist Church, Amelia. Interment church cemetery.
Michael W. Hawkes Funeral Home of Amelia in charge of arrangements.
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