Leon Vincent Allison, 60, of Zirconia, North Carolina went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, April 23, 2015 after a second and courageous battle with cancer.
Born on May 25, 1954, he was the youngest child of the late Reverend L. V. Allison and Pauline Levi Allison. Growing up, he was loved, doted on and cared for by his three older sisters and enjoyed much mischief with his older brother. At age 17, he married the love of his life and soul mate, Cindy Souther. Though they started out with little, he successfully started his own landscaping/contracting business which he built with his own hands. Their family grew as they welcomed three precious children and raised them in a loving Christian home where they learned about faith, family and values such as hard work, honesty and integrity.
Licensed and ordained in 1977, Leon served as the beloved pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Polk County, NC as well as Maple Hill Baptist Church in Etowah, NC. He strongly believed in serving his church and the Henderson County community of which he was a lifelong resident. Examples of his beautiful handiwork can be enjoyed at Tuxedo Park, Jackson Park and various interstate exits in Western North Carolina.
Leon was a true family man, always putting his family first and doing everything in his power to take care of and provide for them. He is survived by his loving wife and partner, Cynthia Souther Allison; three children, Kelly Allison and wife Shannon, Robbie Allison and wife Misty, and Faith Nicholson and husband Dustin; six grandchildren that he loved more than life, prayed for daily and spoiled rotten, Sydney and Kaiden Allison, Hunter and Tanner Allison, and Cooper and Lexy Nicholson; three sisters, Lois Sizemore (late husband Troy), Evelyn Sizemore and husband Kenneth, and Ruth Jackson and husband Dewey; and one brother, Ted Allison and wife Beverly. He is also lovingly survived by his aunts and uncles who helped shaped his faith and values, his father-in-law who loved him like a son, his brothers/sisters-in-law and many dear cousins that he deeply loved, as well as many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews that ìUncle Leonî loved and thought the world of. He was blessed to have good and loyal friends for which he was thankful for and loved.
Many of you reading this have been touched by Leon in one way or another; maybe he prayed for you or your loved one, helped you in your time of need or sorrow, or would take no payment for a job he did for you. Or maybe you were blessed by his ministry of buying and distributing BiblesÖa ministry that was started during his first battle with cancer and continued, no matter the trial he faced, because he always kept his faith and witnessed his love of the Lord.
A memorial service honoring Leon will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at Mountain View Baptist Church in Tuxedo, NC. The family will receive friends at 2:00 PM with the service following at 3:00 PM. The Reverend Sherrill Moore will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his honor to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731. The family extends their deepest appreciation to the staff of Hospice and Elizabeth House for their love and care to Leon and his family.