Gary Bruce Leopper

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Gary Bruce Leopper, passed away at age 67, on December 24, 2022 at his home in Carthage, NC. 

He was born on February 16, 1955 in Fort Benning, GA and was a son of Lillie Swafford Leopper and the late Gary Lee Leopper. 

In addition to his mother, Lillie Leopper, Gary is survived by his two younger brothers: Steve and wife Shelia of Powell, TN, Randall of Knoxville, TN; his nieces and nephews, and a multitude of friends. 

Gary served in the Army for 23 years with a continued career as a civilian contractor at Fort Bragg. Gary was the President of the Moore County Wildlife Club where he developed close relationships with local law enforcement and his community. Gary was known for always being willing to help others and to share a good story. He will be greatly missed by many people.  

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2022 at 2 PM at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. There will be a time of visitation immediately following the service. 

Condolences may be left at 

Fry and Prickett Funeral Home is assisting the Leopper Family with arrangements. 


Celebration of Life: January 7, 2023 2:00 pm

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church
2237 Camp Easter Rd
Southern Pines , NC 28387


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  1. So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. It was a blessing to have known him. Really a wonderful man that was taken way too early from all of his friend and family. He will be missed.

  2. You will be missed. So kind and giving to everyone. Your laughs and that twinkle in your eyes is something we will never forget!

  3. I will miss you my friend. From Va to Nc you have been one of the kindest and most trustworthy friends in my life! Ill see you again Gary!

  4. Gary was one of a kind! Always willing to help those in need! Pretty amazing individual. His laughter and great stories left you with a little smile and always made your day a little brighter. He and his red truck will be missed by all of us on Camp Easter Rd. who saw him several times a day as he passed by. He always had a little toot of his horn or a big wave out of his window for you when he went by. Often times he would stop by, just to say hello and see how you were doing. Gary left his mark and touched many lives during his journey. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

  5. Gary served the Nation for over 30 yrs with wit and humour and graciousness for every soldier he helped along the way.

    Good man gone and we all will miss him.

    Cheers mate!

  6. We are praying for your family. Trusting God will provide you His peace and comfort during your time of grief.

  7. To the family,
    Thoughts and prayers to you during this time of loss. Gary was a great American. Serving with him over the last 30 years, he was a teammate that made things happen for not just the folks on the ground but the the nations mission. He will be missed but his memories will be with us for our lifetime.
    May the Lord comfort you during this difficult time.
    Deepest condolences,
    Tim and Susan Strong

  8. Sending prayers to the family, Gary was truly one of a kind. Worked with Gary for alone time and always made me laugh. He will be missed. Gone but will not be forgotten.
    Deepest condolences,
    Terri (Ski) Csarnogusky

  9. We were all very fond of Gary and are sad to hear of his passing. He was a mentor to my son Joe. We were very blessed to have known him. Prayers for his family and all who will miss him. Sincerely, Lynda-Lea, Jim, Joe, and Jeremy Goodall

  10. I served with Gary from 1985-1988 at Fort Campbell Kentucky. Everyone loved and respected him. He had a huge heart, great work ethic and was an amazing friend to many.

  11. Gary was very much like a member of our family. He stayed with us several times, after heart attacks and strokes. We saw him Thursday before Christmas and he seemed fine. He will be missed. He was a wonderful men. Charlie Bronk and family

  12. I didn’t even know Gary was a FUM until a few years after I joined the Moore County Wildlife and Recreation Club, where he was President. He was always there, volunteering his time to improve the club for the members. I’ll miss seeing his red truck in the parking lot.

  13. Just a few days ago I chatted with Gary on the range and later wonder what our club would do without his friendship and many contributions to our club, I could not imagine doing without him! Now, somehow we must go on but I will miss Gary and think of him every time I am on the range. Till Valhalla soldier!

  14. Just last week, in the cigar shop, Gary and I talked about our time in the Army and how things are changing all around us. We wished one another a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Gary, you left us too soon. I will miss you face at the club. I will light a cigar instead of a candle. Rest in Peace my friend.

  15. Gary will be missed. A man of many many talents who loved challenges and adventures and working with everyone. Peace, love, and honor will be with him forever. Tell me meet on the other side. Rest easy.

  16. Our deepest condolences to the family. Gary was almost making us laugh during our multiple TDY’s together. RIP Brother.

  17. It is always sad to see one of our family pass away!
    Our great unit family goes back now over 42 years!
    Thank you for your Service Gary, and God Bless his family!

  18. To an honest, hardworking good person. He was always willing to help anyone in need. I truly enjoyed working with Gary for several years. Your foot print left an impression. You will be missed by those of us that thought so highly of you and appreciated your contribution. May you forever rest in peace..

  19. To Lillie, Steve and Randall, so very sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. I know your hearts are broken. He was most certainly a great guy.
    Love and prayers from your old friends from Fountain Park
    Kathy (Kerr) Williams
    Larry Kerr

  20. I’m sorry to hear about the loss of Gary. We had many good years working together. I’m praying for his family & friends.

  21. R.I.P Gary. Your service to the nation was immeasurable. May your loved ones find the strength to carry on knowing you made the world a better place.

  22. Bruce, what can I say, I googled to find you to try and talk with you again after so many years but found out you have passed away. You were a dear dear friend to me back in the mid 80s . I have lots of memories of you especially the very first time we met and the silly note you left on my mustang. After almost 40 years I still have that plant/tree you stole for me at Caldwell banker because it was dying and I wanted to save it. And if I ever see Janet again I will tell her that you want your *** ***** flashlight!! Hahahaha I love you man and thanks for being my friend so many years ago! RIP

  23. So sorry to see Gary has passed. I worked with him for quite a few years and he was always fun and a joy to work with. He will truly be missed.

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