Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

Obituaries

April 10, 2014

Billy Alexander “Bill” Leonard

Attorney and longtime Fort Worth resident Billy Alexander “Bill” Leonard, 79, died at home on Sunday, April 6, 2014.

Born in Cleburne, Texas, to Jesse Dodson and Carrie Lee Alexander Leonard on Jan. 30, 1935, Bill grew up and attended school in Cleburne, graduating in May 1953. Bill played football for Cleburne High under the legendary Coach Brooks W. Conover. Bill matriculated at Texas Technological University in 1953 where he played football and graduated in 1957 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance. Bill was a lifelong fan of the Fighting Cleburne Yellow Jackets and the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Although he had been a Coast Guard reservist, Bill joined the Army in 1957 and spent two years stationed at Fort Collins, Colo., where he played football and baseball for the base teams and was company clerk. Bill said he was named company clerk because he was the only recruit foolish enough to raise his hand when the sergeant asked who among them could type. While stationed in Colorado, Bill became engaged to Cleburne native Janet “Jan” Turner and the two married at First Baptist Church in Cleburne in 1959. 

Jan preceded Bill in death in November 2013. Bill and Jan had three children, Ben Dodson Leonard, Bake Roberts Leonard and Mollie Kathryn Renforth née Leonard.  

In the early years of their marriage, Bill worked in oil field equipment sales in far west Texas. Bill and Jan divorced in 1965. In 1966, Bill enrolled at Baylor School of Law in Waco, Texas, and began classes the same day his eldest son, Ben, began first grade. Bill earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree at Baylor in 1968 and was licensed to practice law in Texas in November of that year. Bill worked as a prosecutor at the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office for six years and was a felony court chief prosecutor when he left to begin his solo criminal law practice in 1974. Bill practiced criminal law for 45 years, maintaining offices in Cleburne and Fort Worth, Texas.

Text Only
Obituaries
  • Easdon, Hannah.jpg Hannah Easdon

    Funeral services for Hannah Easdon, 81, of Sulphur Springs, Texas, will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Field Street Baptist Church in Cleburne, Texas. 

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mills004.jpg Doris Aline Vaughan Mills

    Services for Doris Aline Vaughan Mills, 91, of Keene will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, in the Crosier-Pearson Cleburne Chapel.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Reese001.jpg Alicia Marie Reese

    Services for Alicia Marie Reese, 70, of Cleburne will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in the Crosier-Pearson Cleburne Chapel. Pastor Jack Ables will officiate

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wyatt001.jpg Bobby G. Wyatt

    Services for Bobby G. Wyatt, 71, of Burleson, will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in the Boulevard Baptist Church in Burleson. The Rev. Terry Williams will officiate.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • rsz_thomsen001.jpg Grace Emma Thiebaud Thomsen

    Memorial services for Grace Emma Thiebaud Thomsen, 87, of Keene will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, in the Keene Seventh-day Adventist Church. A graveside service will be held at 9 a.m. Friday in Keene Memorial Park. 

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Merlin Tom Brockette

    A private graveside service for Merlin Tom Brockette, 81, was conducted Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Rosehill Cemetery.

    July 21, 2014

  • Witten, Carolyn.JPG Carolyn Weaver Witten

    Carolyn E. Weaver Witten, 88, of Colorado City, Texas, died July 18, 2014, in Lubbock, Texas.  Graveside rites will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Rosehill Cemetery in Cleburne, Texas.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Morrow, Oleta Hill.jpg Oleta Hill Morrow

    Graveside services for Oleta Hill Morrow, 83, of Cleburne, Texas, will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Kimball Cemetery in Kopperl, Texas. The Rev. Alvin Robinson will officiate.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lance ‘Bud’ Levere Reynolds

    Graveside services for Lance “Bud” Reynolds, 98, of Cleburne, Texas, former longtime El Dorado, Ark., resident, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Arlington Memorial Park in El Dorado. The Rev. Tom Whitworth will officiate.

    July 18, 2014

  • Pedigo, Robert.jpg Robert Pedigo

    Funeral services for Robert Pedigo, 85, of Cleburne, Texas, will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, July 18, 2014, at the Westhill Church of Christ with Bro. Jerry Nelson officiating. Burial will follow in Rosehill Cemetery.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo