Lucille V. Leonard 

“Big Mama”

Life Celebration services for Lucille Leonard, will be held 2:00 PM, Thursday, August 17, 2017 at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home in Haughton, LA. The family will receive visitors from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM the day of the service. Pastor Andy Harris will serve as officiant with Pastor Ken Richmond assisting. Carl Neill, Daryl Wilson, Wayne Cammack, Gary Lampkin, David Kent, and Chance Webb will be the pallbearers for Thursday’s service.

The world became just a little bit brighter on January 9, 1935 when William Theodore and Lela Marie Smith Neill added Lucille Virginia Neill to their family in the small town of Pelican, LA. Lucille graduated from Colmesneil High School in Colmesneil, TX. She went on to hold positions with Credit Bureau of Shreveport, Chevyland, Shreveport Tax Office and Bossier Parish Schools (as a bus driver). She also served as Commissioner in Charge during elections. “Big Mama” loved her family with all of her heart and showed that devotion by being the best wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was active in her church (Central Assembly of God), the Bossier Council on Aging, VFW, Senior Olympics and Bowling Leagues. In what “spare” time she had left, she loved dancing, fishing and working in her beautiful flower beds. On Sunday, August 13, 2017, Jesus stretched his hand out and invited her to dance on The Streets of Gold. 

Preceding Mrs. Leonard in death are her parents; and brothers William “Billy” Neill, Robert Joe Neil and Marty Neill. Left to cherish her memory are her brothers Dale Neill with wife Gloria and Gene Neill with wife Edna; daughter Brenda Twitty; sons Buster Pelt with wife Terri, Michael Pelt with wife Penny and Hunter Pelt with wife Christi; grandchildren Crystal Twitty, Robbie Pelt, Jeremy Pelt with wife Lee Ann, Ammber Adams with husband Sean, Mason Pelt and Landon Pelt; great grandchildren Kiy Gardner, Lela Rachal, Tori Rachal, Lane Pelt, Rylan Pelt, Preslea Pelt, Brennon Adams, and GraceLynn Adams; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and dear friends.

The family would like to offer their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Michael Sewell and the staff of Aime Hospice Hospital for their wonderful care and kindness during a difficult time. 

In Lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation be made in her honor to the Bossier Council on Aging: http://www.bossiercoa.org/