James Leon Leonard, 78, of Mills River passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020 at Universal Health Care. He was the son of the late James and Edith Barlow Leonard. He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Helen, Louise and Shirley; two brothers, Donnie and Charles; and a half-brother, Melvin.
James was born in Maryland and lived in Pennsylvania until moving to the Hendersonville area in 1971. He was a lifelong apple farmer, selling produce at the Farmers Market and volunteering countless hours with the Hendersonville Apple Festival. He loved fishing, tractor pulls, coffee and storytelling.
Survivors include his two sons, Randy and wife Darlene Leonard of Mills River, Scott and wife Lisa Leonard of Rutherfordton; one daughter, Barbara and husband Robert James of New Mexico; seven grandchildren, Landon and wife Martha Leonard of Hendersonville, Kevin and wife Melissa Leonard of Pisgah Forest, Heather and husband Chris O’Shields of Penrose, Tyler Jones of Brevard, Caroline Davis and Dustin Davis both of New Mexico, Jesse and Tiffany James of TN; eight great-grandchildren, Eli, Sam, Kylie, Preston, Rylan, Everette, Carson and Vance; sister, Ann Weaver of MD; brother, Ray Leonard of MD; and a host of nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.