Sherman Eugene Leonard


Sherman Eugene Leonard, age 81, of Chatsworth, Georgia passed away on Thursday, February 7, 2019.
He was a member of Center Valley United Methodist Church and the Georgia, East Tennessee, and American Hereford Associations.
Sherman was the co-owner and president of Leonard Brothers Construction for over 56 years. During that time, he displayed a gift for quality craftsmanship and a strong work ethic. He was also a great mentor to his grandsons, to whom he passed on his knowledge and skills.
He loved his community and the many customers that he served throughout the years. He was a member of the Murray County High School Hall of Fame, and the highlight of his career was the reconstruction of the rock building that formerly served as the high school.
He enjoyed raising polled Hereford cattle for over 70 years. Many long evenings were spent preparing his truck and trailer for traveling to local, state, and national shows. It always delighted Sherman to watch his grandchildren groom their cattle in anticipation of the next show.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Aaron Leonard; mother, Lecil Cox Leonard; grandmother, Myrtle McCamy Leonard; sister-in-law, Ima Jean Leonard; and brother-in-law, Ron Plylar.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Peggy Leonard; daughters and son-in-law, Kay Lynne & Don McCurdy of Chatsworth and Sherri Leonard Ridley of Chatsworth; brothers and sister-in-law, Jerry & Judy Leonard of Chatsworth and Ronnie Leonard of Chatsworth; sisters, Joan Leonard Plylar of Destin, Florida and Cindy Leonard of Odenton, Maryland; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Malissa & Billy Steele of Chatsworth, Vivian Duvall of Dalton, and Peggy Manis of California; grandchildren, Seth Ridley, Matt & Lydia McCurdy, Chad & Miranda Ridley, and Krissi McCurdy; great-grandchildren, McKayla, Skylar, and Peyton Ridley, Colt and River McCurdy, and Taylor and Tynlee Ridley; nieces; nephews; and cousins.
Funeral services for Mr. Leonard will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, February 10, 2019 in the chapel of Peeples Funeral Home with Rev. George Ross, Pastor Lathem Postell, and Rev. Tommy Crider officiating. He will be laid to rest at Center Valley Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday evening from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to Center Valley United Methodist Church: 1409 Hwy 225 N, Chatsworth, Georgia 30705.
Peeples Funeral Home & Crematory of Chatsworth, Georgia is in charge of the arrangements.
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