MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Jeanene Locklear Leonard, 86, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, passed away on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, at Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach.

Jeanene was born on Sept. 19, 1935, in Lumberton, to the late Burney Locklear Sr. and Edith Lowry Locklear.

Jeanene graduated from Coker University, University of Greensboro and attended East Carolina University. She married the former James Olin Leonard on April 20, 1957, and was married for 54 years.

Jeanene taught in the school system for more than 30 years in N.C. She touched the lives of many as a mother, grandmother, educator, and school guidance counselor. She was a source of inspiration and blessing to her family and those who really knew her. She offered life lessons as a parent and grandparent and ran a Christian home. The lessons she taught will be long remembered and highly valued by all whose lives she touched. She was a wonderful cook. She enjoyed collecting cookbooks and preparing fresh vegetables, breads, cakes, pies and homemade ice cream. Her love for her family, church and community was like no other. She was a member of Halifax United Methodist Church in Halifax. She attended First United Methodist Church in Pembroke.

She is survived by Kaulua Jeanelia Edwards and her fiance, William Godwin, of Pembroke, James Joburn Leonard and his wife, Teresa, of Myrtle Beach and Jamee Jo-Lynda Dickens and her husband, Mark, of Greenville. She had seven beautiful grandchildren, Gary Carroll Jr., who preceded her in death, Daniel Carroll, Clarissa Edwards, Brittany Edwards, Stephen Edwards Jr., Brinley Dickens and Rylan Dickens; and four great-grandchildren, Chloe Carroll, Lucas Salfemoser, Riley Salfemoser and Caleb Harris.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 at the Halifax United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. prior to the service at Hockaday Funeral and Cremation Service in Roanoke Rapids, which is handling the arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Halifax United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 365, Halifax, NC 27839.

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