Leonard Lee Means, affectionately known as Papa, was peacefully called home to be with the Lord on September 17, 2023, at the age of 86 in Newport News, Virginia. He was born in Missouri to his parents, Katie Irene and Otho D. Means. Leonard, a proud veteran, served in the United States Navy.
Leonard’s journey in life began when he enlisted in the Navy, which brought him to Hampton Roads. It was there that he found love and happiness. On a cold January day in 1959, he hitchhiked from Norfolk, Virginia, to Washington, North Carolina, to meet a girl who had become his pen pal while stationed in Norfolk. From the moment they met, Leonard and Linda Faye knew that God had put them in each other’s paths. They were married just three short months later on March 26, 1959.
Leonard was a devoted husband and best friend to his beautiful (bride) Linda Faye for 64 years. He cherished his family and his devotion to his family knew no bounds, and his love permeated every word, every action, and every selfless act of kindness. Leonard had a very special bond with his cherished granddaughter, Shianne, whom he affectionately called Katie. She held a special place in his heart. Despite the trials of his health, Shianne remained a steadfast source of love, compassion, and unwavering support in his life, showing selfless acts of love, and embodying the true essence of family devotion for her GaGa and Papa. Leonard’s love for his family was evident in his daily actions.
A true man of God, Leonard found solace in reading the Bible and praying with his bride every night. He also had a passion for writing poetry; whistling, singing hymns, and making his family’s favorite coleslaw. His love for the simple things in life was a testament to his humble and kind nature.
Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, Katie Irene and Otho D. Means; his brothers, Bobby D. Means, Jackie Dean (Jack) Means and Darrell Means and his beloved daughter, Donna Marie Means-Kerns.
Leonard is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Linda Faye Means; their children, Tamarah (Tammy) Lynn and husband, Robert, Timothy (Tim) Means and Jeffery Thomas Means, Sr. and wife, Dawn; his brother, Tom Means and wife, Vicky; his sister, Sharon Kay; grandchildren, Diana Lynn Jones and husband, Jon, Andy Lynn and wife, Santina, Jeffery Thomas Means, Jr., Victoria Elizabeth, Shianne (Katie) Mcfatter and husband, Nick, Jensen Cole and wife, Mary; great-grandchildren, Alegra, Providence (Giu-Giu), Ezra, Zachery (Zack), Madison, Jordan (JoJo), Pryce Thomas, Lillian (Lily), Ryley, Gracelyn (Gray), Hazel, Olivia, and Adeline and a host of nieces and nephews.
During his career, Leonard worked for the Newport News Shipyard for several years as an Insulator (Pipefitter). He took pride in his work and was known for his dedication and craftsmanship.
A Graveside Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, September 25, 2023 at Hampton Memorial Gardens, located at 115 Butler Farm Rd., Hampton, VA 23666. Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home.
Leonard Lee Means will be remembered for his unwavering faith, love for his family, and his contagious smile. As well as his dedication to his country and the Lord. His memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.