November 22, 1921 - May 5, 2019
Leon West, 97, of Magazine, Arkansas, died May 5, 2019, at home in Magazine. He was born Nov. 22, 1921 in Yell County, Arkansas to Laura Edith Rogers and Burl Clemmons "BC" West.
Leon served in the United States Navy during World War II, with most of the service in the Pacific wartime theater. He participated in the commissioning of the USS Antietam aircraft carrier, sailing through the Panama Canal as the ship voyaged to the Pacific war zone. He returned from the war to marry and raise a family in Arkansas, living in Magazine for seventy years. He was a prolific gardener his entire life.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Caroline Emberson, and infant son, Terry Lynn. He is also preceded in death by his parents, his infant brothers Kenneth, Alec, and Burl, his brothers Troy, Amburs David "AD", Billy Joe, Bobby Charles, and Rex, and his sisters Betty Jean and Mildred Mae Reather.
He is survived by his son Leon Jr. (Tawana), his daughter Sharon "Shay" Turner, his son Donald Ray, his four grandchildren Richard and Michael Turner and Jason and Caroline West, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. He is also survived by his brothers Paul Taylor (Iva Lea), John Daniel (Carolyn), and Robby Dale (Ann).
Burial will be at Ellington Cemetery, in Magazine, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, donations should be mailed to Ellington Cemetery Maintenance Fund, P.O. Box 383, Magazine, AR, 72943.