Leon Calvin Needham, 70, passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at FirstHealth Hospice House, Pinehurst, NC,  surrounded by his family.

Funeral Service will be held 2:00 PM, Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at Flint Hill Baptist Church, where he was a member, with Reverend William Hancock officiating.   Burial will follow in the church cemetery

Leon was a native of Moore County.  He served his country in the United States Army Reserves, Airborne Division.   He loved God’s creation and was a farmer all his life. He was a beloved son, husband, father and grandfather.  Time spent with his family was most important to him. He served Pineywood Baptist Church as a deacon and Sunday School teacher.  Leon never met a stranger and shared a warm smile with everyone. He was a son of the late James “Jim” Calvin and Grace Williamson Needham and was  preceded in death by son in law: David Swain; brother in law: Bobby Hooker.

Leon is survived by his wife of 50 years, Gearlene Hussey Needham; son David Needham (Kristy), of Carthage; daughter: Sheila Swain, of Carthage; grandchildren: Houston Swain (Michelle), Kandace Needham, Kayla Needham, Seth Swain, Klaire Needham; great Grandchildren: Tucker and Teagan Swain; sisters: Shirley Hooker, Maxine Needham, Nancy Cummings (Bud), Virginia Harris(Steve); brothers: James Needham (Marie), Jerry Needham (Wanda),  as well as many nieces and nephews, that he loved.

The family will receive friends Monday, January 14, 2019 from 6 to 8 pm at Fry and Prickett Funeral Home and other times at the home.

Fry and Prickett Funeral Home is assisting the Needham family.

Condolences may be made to pinesfunerals.com


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  1. Leon was a good and true friend to me all my life.-  He was an honest person and a good citizen.-  I will miss him.-  Deepest sympathy to the family.

  2. David, we are praying for you and your family.-  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  Jackie, Shelly, Amy, & Chad Upchurch- 

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