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Leonard (Bruser) Washington was born October 31, 1938 to the late Henderson Washington and Augustine Jones Washington. He was baptized at the St. Mark Baptist Church in Gretna by the late Eddie Cross, Jr. He entered into eternal peace on Monday, January 6, 2020 at the age of 81.
Leonard attended Lincoln High School and played football. He enjoyed playing baseball and golf. He loved baseball so much that early in life, he actually went to Mexico to try out to play semi-pro baseball. His passion for golf led him to begin to caddy for many local golfers. He especially enjoyed his experience as a caddy when he caddied for the professional golfer George Archer in a local New Orleans Professional Golf Tournament.
He worked in the Jefferson Parish School System as a truck driver for 30 years and at the Jefferson Parish Health Unit for 10 years. Leonard was friendly, talkative and had "a heart for giving". He was very charismatic, charming and knew what to say to get what he wanted. He enjoyed fishing as well as giving orders for food but never cooked food. In fact, as we passionately recall a few of his favorite quotes included the words "gonna let you cook for me" and "gonna let you take me to".
Leonard is preceded in death by his parents, the late Henderson Washington and Augustine Jones Washington; Brothers, Alvin Henderson Washington and Arthur Washington; Sisters, Ethel Mae Simmons and Marcell Moss. He leaves to mourn his brother, Herbert (Yvonne) Washington and sisters, Alcenia Robinson, Idella Washington, Marguerite Avery and Dianne (Larry) Turks; his uncle, Joseph Jones; godmother, Florence Brooks and brother-in-law, Burnie Moss. He also leaves to mourn his son, Bishop Toris Young and daughter Angeletta (Frank) Gibson, grandchildren, Lee (Ciara) Hawkins, Ebony (Michael) Roussell, Warren Kimball, Christian Page, Koby Young, Kyra Young and Kalija Lipscomb; great-grandchildren, E'Mony Roussell, R'Mony Roussell, Nyla Kimball, Aleecia Shaw and Paris Hawkins and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Heavenly Star Missionary Baptist Church, 1020 Cohen Street, Marrero, LA 70072, Pastor Aubry Wallace. Officiating; Bishop Toris T. Young, Pastor of Greater Bible Way Church of New Orleans, Louisiana. Viewing of the remains is from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. only. Interment; All Saints Mausoleum Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124. Arrangements by D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Avenue.