Leonard Ray Irving was born to Fleetwood Irving and Helen (Magness) Irving in Oakland, California on September 21, 1954. Leonard went home to the Lord on Sunday, November 21, 2021 at his home with his family around him.
Leonard received his education in Oakland, California. He was a 1973 graduate of Castlemont High School of Oakland. He later enlisted in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1977. By that time Leonard had two children, his daughter, ShaShawn Irving, and son, Chris Irving. After his mother passed away in 1985, Leonard later moved to Holdenville, Oklahoma to take care of his father.
Leonard married Regina (Roberts) Irving on January 31, 1993 and to this union one daughter was born, Octavia Helen Irving. Leonard worked seven years at Heritage Village Nursing Hone as Maintenance. He later went to work for Perry Ford Dealership for 17 years until he had to retire due to his health.
Leonard was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church of Oakland, California under the leadership of his cousin, Rev. Fleetwood Irving. After moving to Holdenville, Oklahoma, Leonard united with Shiloh Baptist Evangelist Temple COGIC under the leadership of Overseer John T. Berry. He was ordained as a Deacon on February 7, 1999 by Overseer Berry. Leonard enjoyed going to church and reading his Bible daily until his health prevented him from attending church services as he desired. If you knew Leonard, you know he loved his family very much and loved spending time with his grandchildren, family, and friends. He took pride in how he dressed, keeping his vehicles clean and shiny, and keeping his yard looking nice. He also liked to cut-up and make you laugh.
Leonard is preceded in death by his parents, Fleetwood and Helen Irving; his sisters, Gerri Coffee, Maxine Brown, and Freddine Lacy; and one brother, Julius Lacy,
Leonard leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Regina Irving of the home; three children, ShaShawn Irving of Oakland, California, Chris Irving of Shawnee, Oklahoma, and Octavia Irving of Holdenville, Oklahoma; a half-brother, Reggie Pearson and wife Betty of Chicago, Illinois; two nephews, Charles Brown and David Coffee of San Jose, California; two nieces, Toni Coffee and Connie Pouncy of Stockton, California; five grandchildren, Zelaysia, Zion, Darrius, Destan, and Jazzlynn; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, December 3rd , at Shiloh Baptist Evangelist Temple COGIC with Rev. John T. Berry officiating. Interment will follow at Shiloh Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Bennie Jones, Curtis Roberts, Doyle Hooks, Shane Southerland, Aaron Irving and Curtis O’Guinn.
Services are under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home, Holdenville, Oklahoma.