Leon Shadd, of Lake Butler, passed away on June 2nd, 2023 at the age of 90. He was born on October 4th, 1932 in Raiford to his loving parents David Daniel Shadd and Annie Mae Griffis Shadd. Leon was a dedicated member of the US Air Force and served his country for 23 years and retired as a Master Sergeant.
Leon joined Gilman Building Products where he worked for many years until his retirement. Leon was known as a hardworking and dedicated employee who earned the respect and admiration of his colleagues.
When he wasn't working, Leon enjoyed spending time farming and being with his family and friends. He was an active member of the American Legion and passionately supported their mission to assist veterans and their families.
Leon was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed raising quail and growing a garden for his family, which he did until a week ago. He held many titles in his lifetime, but his greatest joy was being Papa. He loved his family relentlessly, and made sure they knew it.
Leon is survived by his daughter Mary Annette Shadd (Clayton) Parrish; stepson, Donald (Linda) Rosier; grandchildren, Clay Clark (BobbieLynn Sears), Ashley Carol Jackson, Linsey (Anthony) Androlevich, Donnie (Brittany)Rosier, Shannon Rosier, Crystal Rosier; great-grandchildren, Ayden Androlevich, Weston Leon Androlevich, Kate Androlevich, Layla Alexander, Nylah Jackson, Aria Jackson, Stella Jackson, Addisyn Rosier, Bentley Werkheiser; brothers, John L. Shadd and Leslie Shadd; sister, Wanda Shadd Barber; along with many other loving family members and friends.
Leon was preceded in death by his parents David Daniel Shadd and Annie Mae Griffis Shadd; his faithful wives Patsy Carol Bancroft Shadd and Florene Rosier Shadd; brothers DL Shadd and Leeman Shadd; and sister Dorothy Shadd.
A visitation service will be held in honor of Leon's life on June 5th at Archer-Milton Funeral Home in Lake Butler from 6pm to 8pm. His funeral service will be held on June 6th at New River New Congregational Methodist Church in Raiford from 11am to 12pm and will be followed by a burial service at Pine Grove Congregational Methodist Church. Services will be officiated by Bro. Randall A. Griffis, Sr.
Leon's kind heart, dedication to his country and community, and unwavering commitment to his family will never be forgotten. He will be greatly missed by all who were lucky enough to know him.