Fallen Hero: Retired Staff Sergeant Vernon J. McLeod


Funeral Home


6-9 p.m., Thursday, April  25, 2024,First UNited Pentecostal Church, Leakesville.


11 a.m., Friday, April 26, 2024, First United Pentecostal Church, Leakesville.


Military Service Tribute, Honors, and Obituary:

Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on April 21, 2024, and has moved on to his heavenly home. Retired Staff Sergeant Vernon J. McLeod, age 75, whom had served within the MSARNG in the 150th Brigade Engineer Battalion has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism, sacrifices, and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright, and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:

March 13, 1949 – April 21, 2024

Services for Mr. Verlon J. McLeod, age 75, of Lucedale, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 26, 2024, at the First United Pentecostal Church of Leakesville, with Bro. Myron Schilling officiating.  Burial will follow in the Mt. Pisgah United Pentecostal Church Cemetery.

Verlon was a gentle giant of a man.  His love for the Lord was evident in his everyday life.  He was a faithful, dedicated member of the First United Pentecostal Church of Leakesville and was a proud veteran of the Army National Guard. He worked for many years as a boilermaker and heavy equipment operator.  He had a love for the outdoors, deer hunting, and was the life of all his family gatherings.  He greatly enjoyed planning the get-togethers, eating, and most of all, the fellowship with friends and family.

He was preceeded in death by his parents, Beecher and Ruby Raebelle McLeod; his siblings, Alvin R. McLeod, Beecher Calvin McLeod, LaVonnia Reeves, and Chrystlene Roberts; and his father and mother-in-law, John Gavin and Jo Ann Brown.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Valerie McLeod; his children, John (Delisa) McLeod, LaDonna Hovatter, and Marcus McLeod; his grandchildren, Madison McLeod, Beckhem Bonifacio, Weston McLeod, Trevor McLeod, Cari Ana McLeod, Jay Hovatter, SaVanna Hovatter, and McKinley Hovatter; his great grandchildren, Addison Bradley and Anniston Bradley; and his siblings, Annette White, Barbara Fallon, and Nathaniel (Deniece) McLeod.

Visitation for Mr. McLeod will be held from 6:00 unitl 9:00 p.m. Thursday at the First UNited Pentecostal Church of Leakesville.