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Monday, February 11, 2008

Carl Leeper, Jr. Passing

CHURCH HILL — Carl Leeper, Jr., 70, of 129 Ford Lane, went home to be with the Lord Feb. 9, 2008 at Wellmont Hospice House following a long battle with canc e r.
Carl was a native of Big Stone Gap, Va., and had spent most of his life in Church Hill. He was a retired employee of Tennessee Eastman and owned and operated Leeper Small Engine Sales and Repair. He was vice president of the New Canton Utility-District. He found a new church home at Wells Chapel Church in Pennington Gap, Va. with it's loving membership.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Carl, Sr., and Lucille Sanders Leeper; sisters, Frances Rivers and Helen Leeper; brothers, Robert “Sandy” Leeper, Charles Leeper and Lawrence Leeper.
He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Zeola Leeper, Church Hill; daugher and son-in-law, Robin and Charlie Morgan, Kingsport; two sons, Keith Leeper, Johnson City and Randy Leeper, Rogersville; three devoted granddaughters, April Morgan, Rashea Morgan and Briana Leeper; two brothers, Nelson Leeper, Waco, Tex. and Donnie Leeper, Morristown; two very extraordinary sisters-in-law, Louise Washington, Elk Grove, Calif. and Thelma Dulaney, Knoxville; two wonderful aunts and uncles, Leon and Lula Leeper, Philadelphia, Pa.; and from his boyhood hometown of Big Stone Gap, Va., Randall and Viola Simpson; many wonderful nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends that he loved and who have been of comfort during his illness.
The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to Hospice Service and nurses Renae, Rebecca and Mitzi, in addition to many other caregivers during this time of need.
Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Johnson Funeral Home, and anytime at the residence.
Services will be conducted Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Pamela Hoard officiating.
Graveside services will be conducted Thursday at 11 a.m. at Church Hill Memory Gardens.
Pallbearers will be James Leeper, Mark Beatty, Bruce Leeper, Larry Maness, Steven Maness and Greg Maness.
Honorary bearers will be Ozine Bly, Evin Collins, Richard Ford, William Lyons, Jr. and Danny Rector.
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