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Lance Corporal Leon Nathan Donelson III



Lance Corporal Leon Nathan Donelson III was born October 10, 1996, in Ft. Hood, Texas to Leon Nathan Donelson and Tina Marie (Sullins) Donelson-Floyd.  He passed away on August 5, 2019, at the age of 22 at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Leon went to Green Forest School until he graduated from 8th grade. During this time, he developed a love for basketball, which began as he played for the Green Forest Mustangs. After 8th grade graduation, Leon went to Licking High School. He played basketball for the Licking Wildcat basketball team and became a track star. Leon held the pole vault record until the 2019 track season. He loved hanging out with his buddies and was well-liked by his classmates. Leon graduated with the Class of 2015.
Leon joined the Marines in the fall of 2015. He went to basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, Calif. After basic training he attended school in Virginia. Leon was then stationed at Camp Lejeune where he also served an overseas tour, spending a year in Norway.
In 2017, he met and married Andrea. In June of 2019 they welcomed a baby girl, Emersyn. She sure put a smile on his face!
Leon is survived by his wife, Andrea; daughter, Emersyn; parents, Tina and Corey Floyd of Kimberling City, Mo. and Leon and Lissa Donelson of Evans Mills, N.Y.; siblings, Skyleer and Eli Floyd of Kimberling City and Preston, Alexandra, and Jayce Donelson of Evans Mills, N.Y.; grandparents, Benny Jo and Carla Sullins of Licking, Sharon Decker of Mountain View, Bill Floyd of Licking, and Loleater and William Gibson of Vallejo, Calif.; aunts and uncles, Billy and Rhonda Sullins of Crocker, Leonard Earl Clemons of Miami, Fla., Petty Officer First Class Derrick Clemons and Petty Officer Second Class DeAndra Jex of San Diego, Calif., Terry Collier of Las Vegas, Nev., Reginald Wells of Chicago, Ill., Bill and Haley Joyner of Licking, Shane Floyd of Chillicothe, Mo., his uncles Jeffrey, Eldridge and Blake, and his aunts, Sherida, Dionne, Keyshonna, and Dana; along with a host of cousins and extended family members.
Leon is preceded in death by his grandfather, Leon Nathan Donelson and grandmother, Sandy Floyd. He loved her homemade apple pies and she would make one for his birthday every year.
His cousin Bailie wrote, “I read something one time that said ‘your cousins are your first best friends,’ and I feel that’s pretty accurate with us girls and boys. We’ve all been pretty close growing up. I know you’re with Nana now having a blast. Love and miss you a ton.”
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 21, from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Fox Funeral Home, 128 S. Main St., Licking. A funeral service will be on Thursday, August 22, at 4:00 p.m. at the Licking High School Gym, 125 College Ave., Licking. Interment will follow at Boone Creek Cemetery. Leon’s uncle, Pastor Leonard Clemons, will officiate the service. Pallbearers will be Skyleer Floyd, Eli Floyd, Billy Sullins, Corporal Blake Heithold, Petty Officer First Class Derrick Clemons, Michael Burnett, Westin Hawkins, and Caston Mallett.

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