Leonard Dewberry, Jr. was born December 13, 1944, to Idella and Leonard Dewberry, Sr. in Ponca City, Oklahoma. He attended Ponca City High School, graduated 1963, attended trade school and shortly thereafter joined the U.S. Navy where he was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. He served 4 years, specializing in aircraft mechanics and welding and completed his Navy training as Petty Officer, 3rd Class. After discharge he moved to Kansas City, Missouri becoming employed at Hallmark Cards where he met his first wife, Patricia Ann Poole. This union bore two children: Crystal Lorraine and Leonard DuJuan. From a previous relationship he had a daughter Tywna Prince. After Hallmark Cards, Leonard started working at Kenworth Motor Trucking Company as a welder and heavy equipment operator. March 1, 1977, he joined Trans World Airlines (TWA) and was employed as a federally licensed Aviation Mechanic for 33 years, retiring in 2009 from TWA/American Airlines. It was at TWA where he met and later married Bobbie Jean Spotswood, April 10, 1989.
He professed faith in Jesus Christ and was baptized at the Pleasant Green Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kansas. He eventually landed, along with Bobbie Jean, at the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kansas where he served as an usher and ordained deacon. An avid fisherman and member of Sol Pro Bassmasters, he was known to introduce and teach any willing child about the world of fishing through the annual Fishing Derby in Kansas City, Kansas.
Preceding him in death are his parents; daughter, Crystal; grandmother, Rosie Frazier; stepfather, George Boby; his sister, Rose Smith; and his sister Cecelia Dewberry, who preceded his death by 11 days.
He leaves to mourn his wife Bobbie; daughter, Twyna Webster; and son Leonard DuJuan; stepchildren, Gordon Criswell, George Spotswood, Jennifer Spotswood (Charles McDonald, Jr.), and grandchildren, Jaeson Wickliffe, Jared Morgan, Joshua Criswell, Joi Wickliffe, Skiilar Prince, James Brown, Gabrielle P. Webster, Desiree Johnson, Caleb M. Webster; one sister, Mary Ann Moore, and brother, Carl Dewberry both of Ponca City, Oklahoma; many great grandchildren, a very special and longtime friend Myron Crawley, fisherman club friends, church family and a host of family, extended family, and friends.
“…Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning”
PSALM 30:5 KJV
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