Leonard C. Washington, 78, passed away on Sunday, June 10, 2007, at UTMB surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Washington was born September 21, 1928 in Oakwood, Texas, to Joseph Washington and Valvertha Washington-Mathews. L.C. moved to Galveston at the age of five and attended Booker T. Washington Elementary School. He graduated from CentralHigh School in the class of 1947.
Leonard was an outstanding football athlete who was known as a Powerhouse throughout the State of Texas for running through piles, breaking tackles and his quick speed. Because of his athletic ability on the football field, he was given the name "Freight Train Washington." He played on the 1946 Co-State Championship Team against Booker T. Washington in Dallas, Texas.
Leonard served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953. After returning to Galveston, he began working at UTMB, where he was the Assistant Supervisor of the Laundry Department. He retired after 38 years of service.
Leonard enjoyed his golden years doing what he loved, fishing, cheering for his L. A. Lakers, Washington Redskins and spending time with his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother and grandson, Eric Washington.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving and devoted wife of forty-three years, Sadie M. Washington; daughters, Janet Washington and Linda Sanchez (Daniel), both of Galveston; son, Joe Johnson (Jocelyn) of Galveston; sister, Tracie Washington of Houston; grandsons, Edward Washington (Delon) of Clear Lake; Daniel Sanchez IV (Deetra); Alberto D. Sanchez, both of Pearland; granddaughter, Felicia Miller (Jarvis) of Galveston; aunts, Geneva Green of Oakwood, Texas; Pearl Washington of Houston; uncle, John D. Williams of Galveston; Step-mother, Leola Washington of Houston; great-grandchildren, Erica, Edward, Marcus, and Marquise Washington; Dylan, Javen, Devin and Aiden Sanchez; sisters-in-law, Helen Johnson of Galveston; Doris Bolden (Bennie) of San Felipe, Texas; Anna Bell Campbell of Katy, Texas.' brothers-in-law; Howard Johnson (Martha) of Hitchcock and Raymond Johnson of San Felipe, Texas; devoted niece, Evelyn Johnson and a host of other nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 15, 2007, followed by a wake from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Wynn Funeral Home.
Homegoing services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2007, at Wynn Funeral Home. Reverend Louis Simpson will officiate.
Burial will follow at LakeviewCemetery in Galveston.
Flowers, cards, memorials or any other expressions of sympathy may be sent to Wynn Funeral Home, 602-32nd Street, Galveston, Texas 77550; 409/621-1677.