Leon A. Baxley

Born in Middleburg, FL on May 31, 1931

Departed on August 12, 2019 and resided in Gallatin, TN

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Leon A Baxley, age 88, of Gallatin, TN passed away on Monday, August 12, 2019. He was born May 31, 1931 in Middleburg, FL to the late Loran and Pearl Baxley.

Leon loved his family and friends. Even though he had a physical handicap caused by Polio, he never let that stop him from doing whatever he wished in life. He was a successful entrepreneur in several business endeavors. He served on the Clay County, FL school board for 12 years. He moved to Westmoreland, TN in the late 1970’s later moving to the Gallatin area. He loved wood working and making beautiful creations from rocks he collected from local areas. He enjoyed singing, playing cards, fishing, camping and working jigsaw puzzles. He cared for all creatures big and small, especially his dogs. Leon grew up in a large family with 7 siblings. He was an inspiration to everyone that knew him.

He was a loving companion, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend who will be truly missed. Leon is survived by his beloved companion of 27 years, Judy Grant; siblings Ruby, Charles, and Jerry; children Sherry (Glenn) Burris of Middleburg, FL; Teresa Ring of Bethpage, TN; Joyce (Mike) Wilford of Westmoreland, TN; grandchildren Tracy, Travis, Jessica, Loren, David, Brandy, Emily, Lily and Bryton; 9 great-grandchildren.

The family is planning a private life celebration to be held at a later date. Memorial donations can be made to Safe Place for Animals (SPA) 905 Mallard Drive, Gallatin, TN 37066, 615-451-7342;   https://www.petfinder.com/member/us/tn/gallatin/safe-place-for-animals-spa-tn469/

Online condolences may be submitted at www.crestviewfh.com

Arrangements Entrusted To: Crestview Funeral Home and Memory Gardens, 1623 Highway 109 North, Gallatin, Phone: (615)452-1943, Obituary Line: (615)452-7589 www.crestviewfh.com

16 Comments to Mr. Leon A. Baxley

  1. Janet (Sapp) Starlin
    August 14, 2019 5:42 pm

    my deepest condolences to his family. Uncle and was always so nice to me. I remember his abilities at art and creativity . The music. But probably most of all, I remember his smile . I recognized that smile immediately upon seeing the photograph. Thanks for letting me know and once again our deepest condolences.

  2. Bonnie Brock
    August 15, 2019 1:43 am

    I am so sorry to hear this. I have not seen him since I was a child. I remember him being a kind and gentle man. May God bless him and the family.

  3. Anita Padgett
    August 15, 2019 9:05 am

    Sherry, Teresa and Joyce, I’m sorry for your loss, you were blessed to have him with you for so long. I’m glad you moved up to Tennessee , and got to spend his last days with him,Teresa and Joyce. I know he enjoyed thst. But for all you have great memories and as time goes on you willncherish them even more.. love you girls!

    • Sherry
      August 15, 2019 9:13 am

      Thank you Anita, yes we were Blessed to have him 88 years and know know he is resting with Jesus and Mama walking the streets of gold.

  4. Darlene Kelly
    August 15, 2019 9:05 am

    He will be missy.Sorry for your loss love you all Darlene

  5. Diana
    August 15, 2019 9:51 am

    I am Very sorry for your loss. Much love sent y’all’s way.

    Love Diana Padgett

  6. Lisa Reichart
    August 15, 2019 12:57 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I went to church with him for several years and he was a nice gentle soul. He will be missed

  7. Cindy. Meer
    August 15, 2019 9:40 pm

    My deepest condolences to miss judy ànd the girls I know you are all grieving Mr Leon wàs a wonderful man who will be missed deeply I loved him very much

  8. Ray & Karen Effler
    August 16, 2019 4:56 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Leon was a great friend to my husband and I. He will be missed. Go sing with angels dear friend. We will meet at add in one glorious day.

  9. Beth Hudson
    August 17, 2019 6:06 pm

    I will always remember Mr Leon fondly. I loved that deep voice of his when he sang and his charming smile. It wasn’t easy for him to give a hug but he did it gladly. I know he was ready to meet Jesus and longed for that day but he will be greatly missed. Our prayers and sympathy go out to his family.

  10. Becky & David Friedmann
    August 18, 2019 7:20 pm

    So sorry to hear about your Dad. I know he loved his girls, and all his other family. He was a kind man. Hope you all find comfort in his loving memories.

  11. Kaye Sargent
    August 19, 2019 6:14 am

    Uncle Leon was very special and was always so loving and kind to me. I felt he treated me like I was one of his daughters. I will miss all the talks we had. He was always available to listen. Thank you Ms.Judy for being a part of his life and part of our family.

  12. Gail Daughtry
    August 21, 2019 5:20 pm

    Loved this man! He was always a smiling face even when he felt bad. Sure did like to play rook at the Center.
    Judy I will keep you in my prayers. Loved you both.

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