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Honorable Leonard Theophilus DeShield, Sr. (November 24, 1934-November 6, 2009)

It is with deep sorrow that the DeShield, Gardiner, David, and Tolbert families announce the homegoing of our beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, and Friend, The Honorable Leonard Theophilus DeShield, Sr. This sad event occurred on November 6, 2009 at Beacon Place, Greensboro, NC. Poppie, Pops, G-Pops, Papay, or Chief as he was affectionately called, was a Prince among men and he lived his life accordingly. He has fought the good fight, he has finished his course, and he has kept the faith; therefore, is laid up for him a crown of righteousness which the Lord the righteous judge shall give him on that day.

Cherishing the memory of his unconditional love, his constant support, and his gentle guidance are his beloved wife of more than 49 years, Mrs. Sadie L. DeShield; their children: Leontyne (Emmanuel Freeman), Lesa (Willie Givens, Jr.), Les (Alice), McKinley, Leonard (Ivy), Sam (Klade), Alice (Alfred Scott), Wilmot Gardiner, Matilda Goodlin, John Koiwood (Teta), Barbara (Sam Hina), Cynthia Mulbah, Motima DeShield; 13 grandchildren; his brothers: Frederick Hunder (Cenethe), Russell DeShield (Fametta); his sisters: Frances D. Freeman, Perrine DeShield, McRinna DeShield, Earlene DeShield, his aunts: Mrs. Barbara Gardiner and Mrs. Mai DeShield; his Godmother: Mrs. Antoinette Tubman, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives.

Wake-keeping: Monday, November 23, 2009, 7-9 p.m.
Woodard Funeral Home
3200 N. O’Henry Blvd , Greensboro , NC 27405

Funeral Services: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 --Viewing: 10 a.m.; Funeral: 11 a.m.
New Light Baptist Church
1105 Willow Road , Greensboro , NC 27401

For more information, you may contact:
Mr. J. Saba Kla-Williams (Cousin) 301.254.3051 or 301.353.0484
Mr. S. Faikai Gardiner (Cousin) 770.490.7105 or 770.682.1964
Mrs.Leontyne Freeman 856.906.8260
Mrs.Lesa Givens 703.401.4168
Mr. Les DeShield 703.967.2188
Mr. McKinley DeShield 919.669.0245
Mr. Leonard DeShield 703.498.8578
Mr. Sam DeShield 336.988.0319
Mrs. Frances Freeman ( Liberia ) 011..231..646..1300

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LodgeAmerica: 336.544.4700 or 1.888.249.4100/ $39.99-$59.99
Best Western: 336.297.1055 / $79-$89
Wingate by Wyndham: 336.854.8610 / $72
Marriott Courtyard: 336.294.3800 / $109
Springhill Suites: 336.809.0909 / $89


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