Leonard West Thweatt

  • Born: August 19, 1942
  • Died: December 18, 2014
  • Location: Morrison, Illinois

McDonald Funeral Home

1601 16th Avenue
Fulton, IL 61252

Tel. (815) 589-9992

Tribute & Message From The Family

Leonard West Thweatt, age 72 of Morrison departed this life Thursday, December 18, 2014.

Leonard was born August 19, 1942 to Jesse Hobart and Jimmie (West) Thweatt who were tobacco farmers in the mountains of beautiful Smithville, TN.

The fourth of seven children, he attended a one room school house as a boy, before moving to Memphis, TN. Enlisting in the US Army in 1961, he enjoyed being stationed in Augsburg, Germany where he drove tanks and trained as a sharpshooter.

At 23, he married the love of his life Norma Sue Loyd. They shared 50 wonderful years together and 3 children: Mark Phillips (51) of Oregon, IL, Jessie (Anthony) Harvey (47) of Rockford, IL and Kellie (Brandon) Pudlas (44) of Mt. Morris, IL.

Leonard worked for 33 years in the printing trade and was well liked by all. He was a great provider and always willing to help a friend in need, or even a stranger. He was fair and honest with a great sense of humor.

He loved spending time with his grandkids; Troy Pudlas (19), Kelsey Pudlas (17), Katelin Pudlas (13), and Preston Harvey (7).

Leonard was a great artist, loved music, British motorcycles, history, and nature. His beloved dog Ruby brought him much joy. He will be forever remembered and treasured.

Surviving siblings include Hazel Reagh of Smithville, TN, Wayne Thweatt of Bartlett, TN, Joan Abel of Holly Springs, MS, and Cathy Vachon of Memphis, TN.

Leonard is preceded in death by his parents and sisters Billie Jean Thweatt and Charlotte Bruno.

Heartfelt thanks to Stacey and all the staff at Hospice of the Rock River Valley for their loving care. To honor Leonard just play a Willie Nelson song, have a cold beer and smile.

A memorial service will be held at the Morrison United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 11:00 A.M.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to Hospice of the Rock River Valley.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I am sorry to hear of Leonard's death. So many fond memories from back in Mt Morris with Leonard and my brother, Jim. Leonard always had a smile, a kind word and a joke to share. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Posted by Jan (Dickson) Franklin - San Diego, CA - Friend   December 27, 2014

I didn't see Leonard very often in the past few years but that did tend to make each visit a bit more special. He spoke to me privately at the time of my father's funeral and his words were the only ones that made sense to me at a time when nothing was making sense and when I could feel nothing but loss and confusion.

Norma, you are in my thoughts and I pray you and your family find strength in each other to help you cope with this sad loss.

Mark, Jessie and Kellie, I'm sorry you are having to deal with this bit of the bad part that life does bring. I know only too well what you are feeling and I would like to express my deepest sympathies and love to each of you. May you find solace in each other and in the memories of your loving father.

Posted by Kenneth Dean Reagh - Smithville, TN - Nephew, Friend, Admirer   December 25, 2014

I believe that all we take with us when we leave this world are our memories. I have a lot of fond memories of me and Leonard could not have asked for a better brother in law. my heart felt wishes for the family and have peace in your heart knowing that Leonard now rest in the loving arms of our lord and there will be a wonderful reunion some day.

Posted by jerry evans - mountain view, AR - one time brother in law   December 22, 2014