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Leon Osborne, Jr.

December 13, 1941 — January 17, 2023

Summerville

Leon Osborne, Jr.

Leon Osborne Jr., 81, of Summerville, SC, passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2023.

Born on December 13, 1941 in Greelyville, SC, he was a son of the late Mozell Browder Osborne and Leon Osborne.

Besides his parents, Leon is preceded in death by his sisters, Thelma Craven and Diane Lewis; and  brothers, Carl Osborne and Jimmy Osborne.

Leon is survived by his wife of 50 years, Betty Morris Osborne; sons, David Osborne (fiance', Shannon Elliott) and Sean Osborne (Sylvia); grandchildren: Olivia Osborne, Henry Osborne, Liam Osborne and Talia Osborne; and brothers, Tony Osborne (Sonya) and Rudell Osborne (Cheryl).

As a young man growing up, Leon loved to spend time with his father doing auto-repairs and odd jobs around the house.  The skills he learned with his dad he would often use throughout his life.  Leon joined the United States Marines at the age of 18.  Four years later, he was honorably discharged and worked briefly as a brick layer.  Soon after he joined the North Charleston Fire Department.  He later went to work as a bus driver for the City of Charleston where he met the love of his life, Betty.  Leon enjoyed hunting and especially fishing.  Later in life, he loved to drive down to the Ashley River pier and watch what people were pulling in on their hooks.  When you entered his home, the TV was guaranteed to be playing old repeats of either The Andy Griffith Show or Gunsmoke.  At the age of 81, Leon died peacefully and painlessly, surrounded by family. 

The family will receive friends on Friday, January 20, 2023, one hour prior to the service, from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, with the service at 4:00 PM, at McAlister-Smith Funeral Home West Ashley. Burial will take place at a later date at Ft. Jackson National Cemetery in Columbia, SC.

Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at mcalister-smith.com.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, 2501 Bees Ferry Road, Charleston, SC 29414, (843) 722-8371.

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Visitation

Friday, January 20, 2023

3:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

McAlister-Smith Funeral & Cremation West Ashley

2501 Bees Ferry Rd, Charleston, SC 29414

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Funeral Service

Friday, January 20, 2023

Starts at 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

McAlister-Smith Funeral & Cremation West Ashley

2501 Bees Ferry Rd, Charleston, SC 29414

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