Vernon O'Neil LeGrand

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On Wednesday morning, December 28, 2022, Vernon O’Neil LeGrand, age 63, ended his earthly journey. He passed away at UNC Burn Center in Chapel Hill. 

Vernon was born January 18, 1959, to Alvin Louie LeGrand and Pauline Brown LeGrand. He was the grandson of the late Jim and Katie Brown of Eagle Springs, and the late Louie and Bonnie LeGrand of Columbia, SC. 

He graduated with the Class of 1977 of North Moore High School in Robbins. In 1978, Vernon married his high school sweetheart, Joanna Dunlap LeGrand. They started a family and continued living in Moore County. They had two daughters Ashley and Corey Brooke.

Vernon is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and their daughter Ashley Elizabeth LeGrand. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Joanna, his daughter Corey LeGrand Shepard and her husband Caleb Shepard, and his 10 year old grandson Levi Benson Shepard, of Star. His surviving uncles are Horace LeGrand, Leland LeGrand and Lavern LeGrand, who are very special to him. 

For many years, Vernon and his “Pops” worked side-by-side in their family business, as plumber and HVAC contractors in Moore County. He made many friends along the way. Vernon had a deep heart of sharing what he had and was loved by many, young and old.

Vernon recently retired and enjoyed being free to spend time with his “Little Buddy” grandson and to take care of his farm animals, pets, and work in his annual vegetable garden. He loved Bluegrass music and always had the best time being the amateur harmonica player, and guitar & banjo picker alongside his musician friends. All who knew and loved Vernon, were drawn to him in some unique way. He loved to share the experiences of his childhood and high school years – all the while, gaining laughter and interaction from friends and family. Vernon loved to camp, fish, hunt and be on the water any time he could. His love for children was mesmerizing – especially for those who affectionately called him Uncle Vern! 

“To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die”

Funeral service will be held at 2:30 PM, Monday, January 2. 2023 at Rock Hill Friends Church, where he was a member, with the Reverend David Roudabush officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 1:00 PM and at other times at the home. 

Memorial may be made to: Class of 1977 Scholarship Fund,  ℅ Leigh Ann Bryant, P O Box 1606, Robbins, NC 27325 or Rock Hill Friends Church Building Fund, 148 NC Hwy 705, Eagle Springs, NC 27242 .

Kennedy Funeral Home is assisting the LeGrand Family

Condolences may be made to


Visitation: January 2, 2023 1:00 pm

Rock Hill Friends Church
148 Hwy. 705 S.
Eagle Springs, NC 27242

Funeral Service: January 2, 2023 2:30 pm

Rock Hill Friends Church
148 Hwy. 705 S.
Eagle Springs, NC 27242

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  1. Extending my most heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. GODS love will see you through….pray to him for peace & understanding 🙏🏻

  2. So sorry for your loss. I know how much he meant to my dad, and all his cousins. Prayers for all durning this very difficult time.

  3. With Heart-Felt Sympathy and Prayers 🙏 for Joanna and Corey. I am so sorry to hear about this tragedy. Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted. May God hold you especially close through this time of grief.

  4. Prayers for ya’ll. We going miss him and all good time that we have with him. Boys love him and they call him uncle V. ❤

  5. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Praying for God’s comfort, strength and grace that only He can give.

  6. You would be greatly missed pop Vernon. I’m going to miss my singing and dance partner. It will not be the same without you but we will keep on rock and rolling as you would want. Love to Joann and Corey for this loss. His was a great man and loved his family and friends dearly.

  7. My thoughts and prayers are with you❤️
    Vernon was such a sweet person and always made me laugh when we spoke. He will be greatly missed. Love you all💕❤️

  8. Joanna and Corey we are so sorry for your loss. Prayers for God’s peace and comfort during this time of bereavement.

  9. Joanna, Corey, Caleb and Levi. We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Vernon was loved by all who knew him.
    Rest in peace my dear friend
    Love, Teresa and Steve

  10. Joanna, Corey, Caleb and Levi.
    We are sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Vernon was loved by all who knew him
    Love, Teresa and Steve

  11. Joanna you have been on my mind n in my prayers all day. So very sorry for this great loss. I know he is missed by many. I will continue to keep you in my prayers n if I can help you in any way let me know.

    • Joanna I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Love and prayers for comfort and peace through the coming days. Vernon was a wonderful friend and amazing man. I remember him hauling water out to mamas to fill a swimming pool for Cody when he was just a kid. Peace, Comfort, and God’s Grace be with you all.
      Sharon Davis and Cody

  12. We are so very sorry for your loss. Praying that God will continue to wrap you in his loving arms of peace and comfort.

  13. Joanna, Corey and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻Vernon was a loving & great man to all that knew him and he will surely be missed. May God be with you!! I love You❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  14. Joanna, Corey, and the rest of the family, We are so sorry to hear this tragic news. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers and may God bring you the comfort and strength you all need right now.

  15. Joann I am so so sorry for your loss! Vernon was a great man and he will be missed. I still remember the camping trips we went on and the fun we had. Him and Leland were a hoot together!! If there is anything I can do for you please do not hesitate to call or email me and I will do my best to make it happen. Love you

  16. We are so terribly sorry for the Legrand family’s loss of such a great man! I will never forget the time spent, the great conversations and memories made while with Vernon. The knowledge he shared with me and the hunting trips as a young man will never be forgotten.
    Love Boone and Julie Morgan

  17. Joanna, I am so sorry to hear about Vernon. He was always so nice to me and would have done anything for Matthew. May God comfort you, Corey, and Levi at this time.

  18. My sincere sympathies and condolences.Joanna and family you have been in my prayers and I will continue to be praying for you in the days to come..

  19. Joanna and Corey, we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Vernon was always so friendly.🙏🙏

  20. Joanna and family,
    I am so deeply saddened and sorry to hear about Vernon. Please know you will be in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort, bless and guide you in the days to come. 🙏❤️

  21. I’m so sorry for your loss. Vernon was an awesome person. I know he will be missed by many people. You are in my thoughts and prayers 🙏

  22. Our brother. We will meet you again soon .
    All of our class of 77 loved you ! You made us laugh so ! You were my friend since we were children at Rock Hill.
    Joanna, Corey, Levi and Caleb , we all love you ! Prayers

  23. Joanna and family so sorry for your loss ! May God wrap his arms around you at this time and give you Grace and mercy !
    Prayers for the family !

  24. Joanne and Corey, my heart goes out to you and the family. I can’t express enough how much you and your family has always meant to me and the kindness you all show. I know he is celebrating in Heaven and was greeted with a big hug from Ashley. Love to you All!

  25. So very sorry to hear this. Prayers for Joanna and Corey and family. Vernon was one of the good ones. He will live on in the hearts of so many who loved him.

  26. Joanna I am so sorry for your loss Vernon was loved by many he was always smiling and loved making people laugh. He loved his family dearly. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers he will be missed by many

  27. Joanna, Corey and family, I am so sorry to hear of this tragedy. My heart hurts for you. May God bring each of you the comfort and peace only He can. Had not seen my cousin much in the past few years
    but the times I did he always had that big smile and laughter. Please know we will keep you all lifted in prayer. Much love

  28. So sorry for your loss. Love to all the family. Very special kind, family here!!! Special So very sorry. Prayers
    Love Doretha and David Ritter

  29. Joanna and Corey, we are so very sorry for your loss. No words can make this better. Just know that you are loved and being upheld in prayer

    Sandy and Farrell Hussey

  30. Joanna, my heart aches for you and the rest of your family!! You are in our prayers for the weeks and months to come!! Love you my friend ♥️

  31. Sending my sincerest condolences. Joanna, you and Vernon will always be a wonderful couple. You will be together again someday. You are in my thoughts and prayers. My heart is heavy for your loss.

  32. Joanna, sending our love and prayers. So many precious childhood memories at Rock Hill Friends Church. Diane Patterson Stewart & family.

  33. We are so sorry to hear about Vernon. Prayers to you, Joanna and Corey, i know you will miss him dearly.

  34. My prayers are lifted for you and your family Joann, I am sorry to hear of your loss…May God give you comfort….I will keep you in my thoughts, and prayers…

  35. Joanna and family,

    We are sad to hear of Vernon’s passing. Our sincere condolences and prayers for you, your family, and loved ones. I remember spending many good times hunting and hanging out with Vernon back in the day. It is our prayers that God’s peace that passeth all understanding strengthen you during this difficult time.

  36. Joanna, Corey and family, my deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers for you and your family. When you seen Vernon he always had a smile, he was so kind to me and would always make you laugh. Continued prayers.

  37. My heart goes out to you Joann, corey, and Levi. May GOD lift you up in his loving arms during this time of great loss. Vernon was always such a nice and friendly person. He will be greatly missed among the community. Our deepest condolences.
    Dale, Samantha, Cameron, Ashlyn, and Brooklyn

  38. Joanna, Corey and family, My Brother Randy and I send you the most sincere condolences to you and Corey. My Brother and I thought a lot of Vernon. We are very sorry to hear of your families loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the days to come.

  39. My heart aches for you, Joanna and Corey(Levi). God made you very strong because you have had to be strong for most of your lives. May God give you the peace that passes all human understanding, and may His promises give you hope for the future. My love and prayers are with you.

  40. I am so deeply sorry Joanna may the Lord give you comfort during this difficult time prayers for you and your family,

  41. No words can express how I feel for the loss of Vernon. As a part of our family I can only reflect on the many many good times we had growing up. We had such great parents and grandparents that fostered our belief in Jesus Christ which
    kept our focus on eternal life. We will see you again Vernon where we will all rejoice together with Vernon, Ashley and our family members that have preceded us.
    Deepest sympathies to Joanna & family.

  42. Praying that God gives You Peace and Comfort during this difficult time.
    “Blessed are They that Mourn: For they Shall be Comforted.” Matthew 5:4

  43. Joanna, Corey and family we are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  44. Praying for your family through this most unfortunate situation. Vernon was a great man and I wish I were able to spend more time with that side of the family. You’re in my heart and thoughts.

  45. Joanna, Corey and family,
    Kim and I are grieved for you in your loss of Vernon. Always a kind, friendly and encouraging person to his friends and all he met. He will be missed. May God cradle you all in His loving arms and in the days to come. We love you. Kim and Bruce Williams

  46. Sending heartfelt sympathy to Joanna, Corey and family. Vernon will be missed by us all. He was always kind and and a joy to be around! We love you! Lisa and Camilla

  47. Joanna you and your family are in my prayers. May God give each of you comfort and strength for this sad time. Hugs and love to you. 🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️❤️

  48. Joanna and family how our hearts ache for all of you. There will never be another man like Vernon ,he had a wonderful sweet spirit ! Please know that we are praying for help and strength from the Lord above as you face this difficult time. We love you all! Craig and Brenda Pickler

  49. Sorry to hear about Vernon. He was a nice guy and was always good for a ride home from football practice. He is with his daughter now.

  50. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family that God will give you strength, comfort, and peace at this time and in the days ahead as only He can.

  51. Joanna, Corey and family. I am praying for each of you during this difficult time. God’s timing is never wrong, but he promises we will see our loved ones again. Vernon was a hoot, and will be missed by so many people. People who knew him and loved him for so many reasons. Vernon never met a stranger and always kept you laughing. I am praying for you,

  52. The Swayze LeGrand family is sorry for the loss of his cousin Vernon. Your family was in Swayze’s prayers during the loss of Ashley and for years afterward for Vernon. Praying for God’s peace to surround you in the days ahead.

  53. Joanna and Corey, Caleb and Levi I am sorry for your loss. Vernon was a good husband and a great father as well. He will be truly missed by everyone who has ever got to know him he was always kind and fun to be around. May you rest in peace now Vernon with your daughter Ashley as you watch over us from heaven. Love always Brannon and Dezi, Jaxson and Oakley and Lily and Easton Morris.

  54. Joanna and family, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending our love. Donna and Tommy Hussey

  55. Joanna we are so sorry to hear of Vernons passing. It was good to see yall at the class reunion a few months back. Our hearts are hurting for you and your family. We pray for God’s comfort and peace.
    Tim and Donna Beck

  56. Joanna, I know you’re hurting right now and always know that Vernon loved you deeply. He will be missed by all of us. I loved him like a brother but I know he always had time for everyone. He’s with Pops and Ashley again now, there with God and he is always going to be looking down on you and Corey.
    The Ox

  57. Joanna, Corey, Caleb, and Levi
    We are so sorry to hear about your loss and are praying for comfort and peace during this time.

    The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

  58. My deepest sympathy to Joanna and her family. What a wonderful man God blessed you all with. He always had a smile and warm welcome and was the same every time you seen him. Big love and prayers Joanna, Cory, and Levi.

  59. Joanna words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss but know that the wonderful memories that Vernon and you shared will always be with you, hold them tight. Never saw Vernon without a smile on his face and he will truly be missed. Trust in God and know that he loves you and your family, my Prayers are with you all. Teresa S Collins.

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