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Leon O'Neill Burney

September 11, 1942 November 5, 2019
Leon O'Neill Burney
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Leon O’Neill Burney, 77, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, with his daughters by his side.

The funeral service will be held Friday at 2 PM at Rose Hill FWB Church with a visitation prior to the service, from 1-2 PM. Burial will take place at Pinewood Memorial Park following the service.

Leon was born on September 10, 1942 to Claude and Lucy Burney on a small farm in Clarkton, North Carolina. He attended Clarkton School until graduation in 1961 and furthered his education at Cape Fear Technical School, where he received a certification in HVAC. After graduation, he moved to Charlotte before he was drafted into the United States Army. While in the army, he served in Ft. Jackson, SC, Ft. Bliss, TX, and then Korea. After he served in the Army, he traveled home to Clarkton and married his high school sweetheart, Katherine Atkinson in September of 1966. They were married for 52 years until her passing in 2018. They made their home in Greenville, North Carolina, where they raised two daughters. While living in Greenville, Leon worked at DuPont, Honeywell, and Burroughs Wellcome. He was a member of Arlington Blvd. Baptist Church from 1968 until its closing in 2016. He was a current member of Rose Hill FWB Church. He was also a retired member of the Simpson Volunteer Fire Department. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, gardening, and working on his 1952 Farmall tractor.

Leon was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Lucy Burney; wife, Katherine Burney; infant daughter, Karen Burney; sisters, Jeanette Bridgers of Elizabethtown, NC, Carolyn Clark of Lisbon, NC, Alice Butler of Isle of Palms, SC, and Catherine Burney of Clarkton, NC; and brother, Charles Burney of Leland, NC.

He is survived by his daughters, Joi Burney Hadnott and husband, Ken Hadnott, of Greenville and Tiffany Burney Bowman and husband, Jeff Bowman, of Greenville. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren, Katherine Bowman, Alex Hadnott, Matthew Hadnott, Kade Bowman and Olivia Hadnott; 3 brothers, Gethro (Geet) Burney of Clarkton, NC, Fred (Buddy) Burney of Clarkton, NC, and Earl Burney of Kelly, NC.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22478
Oklahoma City, OK 73123 and the Alzheimer’s Association of North Carolina, 5171 Glenwood Ave Suite 101, Raleigh, NC 27612.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

8

Nov

1:00 PM 11/8/2019 1:00:00 PM - 2:00 PM 11/8/2019 2:00:00 PM
Rose Hill Free Will Baptist Church

6236 County Home Road
Winterville, NC 28590

Rose Hill Free Will Baptist Church
6236 County Home Road Winterville 28590 NC
United States

Service

Friday

8

Nov

2:00 PM 11/8/2019 2:00:00 PM
Rose Hill Free Will Baptist Church

6236 County Home Road
Winterville, NC 28590

Rose Hill Free Will Baptist Church
6236 County Home Road Winterville 28590 NC
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Pinewood Memorial Park Final Resting Place

Highway 33 East
Greenville, NC 27858

Highway 33 East Greenville 27858 NC
United States

Memorial Contribution

Alzheimer's of North Carolina, Eastern Chapter

5171 Glenwood Ave
Suite 101
Raleigh, NC 27612

American Cancer Society

P.O. Box 22478
Oklahoma City, OK 73123
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