Pierce “Pete” Dorsett Leonard Jr., 73
by Whitley Clifton | December 5, 2018 3:38 pm
A celebration of life service for Pierce “Pete” Dorsett Leonard Jr., 73, of Mount Airy, North Carolina, was held Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 4 p.m. at Flat Rock Baptist Church with Dr. Jon Cawley officiating. He graduated from his earthly realm to the eternal on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. After a courageous 12-year battle with cancer, he spent his last days on earth surrounded by family and friends.
Mr. Pierce “Pete” Dorsett Leonard Jr.’s story began June 11, 1945 in Swainsboro. Born to Pierce Dorsett Sr. and Elizabeth Tyson Leonard, he was the baby of seven children. His parents instilled in him the true values of love, kindness, honesty, and the desire to achieve life goals. After graduating from Swainsboro High School in 1963, he attended Georgia Southern College (now Georgia Southern University), where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Business and Marketing. Upon graduation, he was hired by R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. as a sales representative in the Georgetown, South Carolina, area. However, before he could assume his new position, he was called up by the Georgia National Guard and had to spend six months active duty at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. Shortly after completing his basic training, he returned to his career at Reynolds. Later, he was offered a position by his brothers to work for them at Leonard Aluminum Buildings, Inc. He spent his first several years setting up sales locations in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Richmond, Virginia, before moving to Mount Airy to supervise the building of the new manufacturing facility and set up production. In his later years, he formed his own company, Leonard Auto Sales. Most recently, his ambition to continuously succeed came to reality when he and two others established the Golf Cart Outlet of Mount Airy. Leonard’s influence reached far beyond the norm; “Pard” brought a dynamic to his family and friends that may never be duplicated. Everyone’s memories, however unique, will provide humorous entertainment and enjoyment for a lifetime. He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Sarah Leonard; sister, Diana Leonard Ramsey; and four brothers, Mike, Dick, Jim, and Frosty Leonard.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Helen Belcher Leonard; his son, Trey (Tina) Leonard of Mount Airy; a brother, Tyson (Sandy) Leonard of Independence, Virginia; two sisters-in-law, June Leonard of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Sue Lanier of Cary, North Carolina; two brothers-in-law, Thomas Ramsey of Arizona and Aaron (Vicki) Belcher of Statesboro; a special nephew/brother, Jimmy Leonard of Pinckard, Alabama; many nieces and nephews; and an abundance of surrogate children and grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Flat Rock Baptist Church, P.O. Box 587, Mount Airy, NC 27030 or any charity of the donor’s choice.
Moody Funeral Service & Crematory of Mount Airy was in charge of arrangements.