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July 10, 1940 ~ August 26, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Leonard Elkins, a man known for his kind heart, skillful hands, and love for fishing, passed away peacefully on August 26, 2023. Born on July 10, 1940, to Ed and Geneva Elkins, Leonard was a pillar of strength and a beacon of kindness to everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was a member of Paragould Christian Church.
After years of dedicated service, Leonard retired from Emerson, where his talent for building and fixing anything was greatly valued. He was the go-to handyman not only in his workplace but also in his neighborhood, always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need.
Leonard's love for the outdoors was evident in his passion for fishing. He found peace and solace in the gentle rhythm of casting and reeling, and he was equally content whether he was enjoying the solitary calm of a quiet morning by the water or sharing the joy of a big catch with friends and family. His love for eating fish was just as great as his love for catching them, and he was known for his delicious fish fry dinners.
Leonard was predeceased by his parents, Ed and Geneva Elkins; his first wife, Carolyn Elkins; daughters, Jeri Carol and Robin; siblings, Mary Lou Richardson, Shirley Brimingham, Barbara Burson, and Ira Elkins. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Linda Elkins; daughter, Dana Wright; son, Brad Elkins; stepson, David Carr; brother, Ted Elkins; and grandchildren, Delaney, Tosha, Cayson, Jacob, Jessica, Jaden, Lucian, and Eli. His family will remember him as a truly good man who led by example, showing them the importance of kindness, hard work, and integrity.
Those who knew Leonard will remember him as a man who loved life and lived it to the fullest. He was a friend to all, always ready with a smile and a helping hand. His joy in simple pleasures, his dedication to his work and his community, and his unwavering kindness have left a lasting legacy.
Leonard Elkins was not just a truly good man but also a cherished father, grandfather, brother, and friend.
The family will receive friends on Friday, September 1, from 10:30 a.m. until service time at Phillips Funeral Home. A memorial service will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Phillips Funeral Home with Duane Dutka officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.