James Leonard Mabe, 78, died Monday, May 8, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
He was preceded in death by his parents Haskell Johnson Mabe and Randy Ozella Luna Mabe and a brother, Wilford Mabe.
He leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Vera Odessa Humphrey Mabe; sons, Calvin Mabe and Barry Mabe; daughter-in-law, Lisa Mabe. Leonard has four grandchildren, Heather and husband Jacob Lawrence, Tiffany and husband Robert Patrick, Chance Mabe and Jade Mabe. He has five great- grandchildren, Piper, Koda, Schuyler, Topanga and Keirra. Leonard also leaves behind a brother and sister-in-law, Dillard Mabe and wife Carolyn.
Leonard worked for Sparta Spoke Factory and went on to work for Hanson, Roy and Lonnie Carr for 29 years. During this 29 years Roy and Lonnie Carr became life-long friends of Leonard and Odessa. He retired at age 62 but the life-long friendship continues and will leave behind many cherished memories.
Leonard loved to hunt and fish with his sons Calvin and Barry. Many tall tales have resulted from thier endeavors.
Leonard and Odessa attended Spring Hill The Baptist Church in Walling.
Funeral services will be held at 3pm on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Spring Hill The Baptist Church with Tim Pelham, Frank Randolph and David Lee England officiating. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 9th from 4 until 9pm in the chapel of Oak Lawn Funeral Home in Sparta, again Wednesday May 10th from
9 until 11am at the funeral home and from 12:30pm until the time of service at 3pm at the church building.
Our family would like to express how greatful we are to our church family who prayed endless prayers for Leonard. We want to let you know that our prayers were answered. Leonard now knows God's grace and endless love.