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13 April 2012

A to Z Blogging Challenge: L is for Leon



Leon Roberts was my husband's maternal grandfather. He was born 10 July 1914 to Elias Wallis Roberts and his wife Johnnie Cooper Roberts. Leon's mama died when he was almost eight months old. His father remarried to a lady named Maggie.

I never got to meet Grandpa Roberts. David has shared several stories with me about times that he had spent with his grandpa. One story that stands out in my mind is one in which David's grandpa invited him to go to church with him. After a few minutes of talking to people in the church and after a song, Grandpa Roberts went up to the podium and started talking to the congregation. Little David was in panic mode thinking that the preacher was going to come in and his grandpa would be in trouble for being up there talking.

Whenever they got back from church, David told his mama that his grandpa had gotten up and preached to the people and that the real preacher did not even get up to preach. His mama's response was "Grandpa IS the preacher."

Leon W. Roberts was a Church of Christ preacher. We do not know if he was a circuit-riding preacher or if he was at the same church every week. It was a tiny church with folding chairs instead of pews out in the middle of nowhere.

Grandpa Roberts was married to Mary Leona Bushnell Roberts. I have always thought that it was neat that Leon married Leona. He died 10 February 1983. 

6 comments:

  1. Haha! So cute that he thought Grandpa was going to be in trouble.

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    1. I think that it is cute, too. :) I grew up with an uncle that was a preacher, so I think that I would have figured he was supposed to be up there. I can't imagine experiencing it the way David did, having no knowledge that his grandpa was a preacher.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a great weekend!

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  2. Leon and Leona, a perfect match. It's wonderful to be able to share our thoughts and memories on this challenge. Blog on!

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    1. Thank you. I think so, too.

      I am glad that I came across this blogging challenge, though I don't think that I've posted much of anything on my other blogs since I started it. Bad me!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I hope that you have a great weekend!

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  3. My grandfather Samuel was a church of Christ deacon/minister/music leaders in a small Texas town. Love those COC men!

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    1. How cool that your grandpa was a CoC minister, too. Which small Texas town was he in? We have talked to David's uncle since this post was written and found out that the town his grandpa preached in was Hallettsville, Texas.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I hope that you have a great weekend!

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