Brenda Annette Rouse Leonard

June 26, 1952 - June 17, 2021
Brenda Annette Rouse Leonard


Brenda Annette Rouse Leonard, age 68 of Castle Hayne, NC died Thursday, June 17, 2021 at the Lower Cape Fear LifeCareCenter.

Brenda was born in Kinston, NC on June 26, 1952.

Brenda helped her husband with the family business B & L Custom Shop, she enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, especially the mountains and visiting Cherokee.

She is survived by her husband Harold Eugene “Gene” Leonard, Jr., daughter Sherry Leonard Benton and husband David of Castle Hayne; two grandchildren, Haley Leonard and Harold Leonard, IV;
three sisters, Betty Saunders and husband Jerry of Castle Hayne, Marie Rhodes and husband Roy of Hampstead, and Teresa Rouse of Wilmington; one brother John Rouse and wife Melinda; her sisters in-law, Marilyn Grice and husband Herbie, and Rose Watkins and husband David; many nieces and nephews; and her special dog, “Rascal”. She was preceded in death by her parents John William Rouse and Helen Elizabeth Smith Rouse; her son, Buddy Leonard; two brothers, Gene Rouse and William Alan Rouse, and three sisters, Faye Landi, Nina Barnhill, and Wanda Costin; and sister in-law Carolyn Caton.

Funeral services will be held 2 pm on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at Greenlawn Memorial Park led by Rev. David Porter. Her pallbearers will be Jerry, Keith, Freddy, Ray, DJ and Ryan.

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  • June 19, 2021
    Linda Hewett says:
    So sorry to hear this. Brenda was so sweet and kind. She loved her family with all her heart. Gene I know you will miss her very much. Prayers for your whole family.

  • June 19, 2021
    Marilyn Garner Marlowe says:
    So sorry to hear about Brenda she was always such a friendly and happy person.

  • June 19, 2021
    Krystal Clearwater says:
    Aunt Brenda you will be forever missed. We love you so much and we are so thankful for all of the memories we created together. Heaven received another angel!

  • June 20, 2021
    Deana & Steve Williams says:
    So sorry to hear about the passing of this sweet lady. She always opened her shop, home and heart to my family. Brenda and her family was always there for me and my family. Rest easy ...you will be missed.

  • June 20, 2021
    John and Donna Pennington says:
    It is with a heavy heart that I must leave these words of condolence. Brenda was so sweet and helpful and she was always smiling and happy. We are going to miss her and her big heart. She will be missed by many.