December 14, 1914 - May 4, 2009
Dishie Leonard, 94, of Salado, died Monday, May 4, 2009 at White River Medical Center in Batesville.
She was born in Salado, Arkansas on Monday, December 14, 1914 and was the daughter of James Albert Varnell and Maggie Dotson Varnell.
She was a beautician and homemaker and owner/operater of the Salado Beauty Shop for many years. She was an active member of the Southside United Methodist Church where she was very involved with the church women’s group. She was also a member and past state president of the WCTU (Women’s Christian Temperance Union). Dishie was devoted to her family. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and working in her flower beds. She also loved fishing with her grandchildren.
Dishie is survived by four sons: Bill Leonard of Batesville, James R. Leonard also of Batesville, Sam Leonard of Salado, Rusty Leonard of Gallatin, Tennessee; three daughters: Melba James of Bentonville, Nancy Rutledge of Little Rock, and Sue Pearce of Hot Springs; fifteen grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph “Bull” Leonard; a daughter, Mary Leonard; and a grandson, Billy George Leonard.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, at Southside United Methodist Church with Dr. Jim Pierce and Rev. Buddy Hamner officiating.
Burial will follow the services at Egner Cemetery in Salado under the direction of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons: Blake Leonard, Brett Leonard, Bobby James, Tim James, Brian Pearce and Alan Rutledge.
Honorary pallbearers are Leslie Rutledge, Kristen Pearce, Crystal Leonard, Donna Jarnagan, Peggy Gabbard, Shelia Roberts, Kathy Gartman and Buddy Barnett.