The life of Leon Peay began on May 28, 1927, in Winnsboro, South Carolina. He was the firstborn of fifteen children to the late Monroe Peay, Sr., and Annie Bell Peay. He was at his residence when he got the call to come by his heavenly father on Saturday, May 29, 2021.
Leon was baptized at an early age at St. John Baptist Church at Anderson Quarry when they were baptized outside. He knew the true meaning of the song “Chilled my body but not my soul”. He was a dedicated member at the church until he was injured while working at Anderson Quarry. The injuries he sustained made it hard for him to enter and exit the church. Although he was injured, he was very determined and independent. He later went to work at a rehabilitation center in Columbia, South Carolina, until he retired to help give care to his ailing father.
Leon received his formal education in the Fairfield County School system. Leon did not talk a great deal, but he was very witty if you could get him started. If he got started with his siblings, mainly the sisters, he would quickly remind them that he was the oldest.
Leon leaves to cherish his memories forever: five sisters: Ella P. Watkins and Mary Peay of Winnsboro, South Carolina, Annie Morrow of Greensboro, North Carolina, Katherine (Virgil) Martin and Lodessa Brown of Washington, DC; 3 brothers: Monroe (Madora), Odell and Floyd (Thomasenia) Peay of Winnsboro South Carolina; one sister-in-law: Betty Peay of Greensboro NC. A host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by two brothers Nathan and Willie Peay and two infant sisters and an infant brother.
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