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Leonard Lee Poulson was born on December 16, 1945 to the late Lucille Poulson. He fell ill December 12, 2023 due to his long standing battle with Alzheimer’s. He was under the care of Riverside Home Health and later on Amedisys Hospice. Leonard transitioned peacefully amongst his daughters, son-in-law’s, and grand kids at his daughter’s home in Yorktown on Tuesday December 19, 2023. His transition was a moment of peace for him due to his pain and decline with Alzheimer’s.
Leonard was a kind soul and gentle spirit. He was a loving and devoted husband of 55 years to his high school sweetheart Mary. He was a devoted father to his 6 children known as “The Six Pack.” He was honored as “Father of the Year” in 2004 by one of the local peninsula chapters of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated at their fatherhood breakfast. He loved his grandkids while taking care of each one of them as if they were his own. He devoted his time to taking care of his family. He had several skills from carpentry, plumbing, fixing cars and painting. It was nothing that he would not do for anyone. He was very giving and kind. He did whatever he had to do to take care of his family due to him being the sole provider. He loved to pick his grand kids up from school and take them on outings.
Leonard graduated from Mary N. Smith High School in 1966. He was a member of New Mount Zion Baptist in Painter, VA. He later became a member of the Nation of Islam. He studied Architectural drawings at Lasalle Extension University (c/o 1969). He worked for Newport News Shipbuilding with the dry dock and pipe department (1968 to 1974). Virginia State School (1974 to 1978). He later worked for Newport News Public Schools as a custodian and advanced to an Area Supervisor (1978 to 2008). He retired from Newport News Public Schools in 2008.
Leonard was preceded in death by his wife Mary Poulson, mother Lucille Poulson ,daughter Vernita Poulson, granddaughter Zuri Bannerman, sister Vanessa Poulson, brothers Robert Poulson and Emerson Poulson.
To cherish Leonard’s precious memories: his daughters Fontella Poulson of Hampton VA, Pamela Poulson of Hampton VA (Dion Newsome-Future Son-In- Law—Hampton, VA), Cassandra (Derrick) McKinney of Yorktown VA, Jameelah Poulson of Newport News VA, Shakeela (Jawan) Dickerson of Hampton, VA, sister’s Frances Titus of Newport News, VA and Lucille Poulson of Salisbury, MD , two brother’s Louis Poulson of Hampton, VA and Larry Poulson of Philadelphia, PA. Granddaughters Ramya, Corrina, Nakyla, Kamirra, Khalia and Malia. One grandson Antonio. Also, a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.
A service to celebrate his life will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 30, 2023 in the chapel at Smith Brothers Funeral Home with Pastor Brandon Lorthridge officiating. Leonard may be viewed two hours prior to service at funeral home. Interment will follow the service at Hampton Memorial Gardens. Family and friends are asked to assemble by 11:30 a.m. at 322 Blacksmith Arch Yorktown, VA 23693. A viewing will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. on Friday, December 29, 2023.