Leon Edward Durrance, 73, of Blackshear, passed away Thursday morning, February 6, 2020, at his residence, following an extended illness.

Born August 3, 1946 in Blackshear, he was a son of the late Troy and Bessie Crews Durrance. He served in the United States Air Force in the Vietnam War as an aircraft mechanic from 1965-1969.  He retired from The Electric Materials Company in Northeast,  PA following 35 years of service.

While living in Westfield, NY, he was a member of the American Legion, the  Moose Lodge, and the VFW Post 6764 in which he served as the Commander for an extended period of time.  He moved to Lakeland, FL, and was a member of the local American Legion and VFW. He and his wife also enjoyed a summer home in Summersville, WV where he was active with the local American Legion participating in the Funeral Honor Guard. 

He will be remembered as a true American patriot, and for his sense of humor. He loved to make people laugh with his jokes and hilarious manner of story-telling. He was also a free verse poet, writing about experiences and situations he felt strongly about.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Faye Roberson and Betty Herrin and four brothers, T.J. Durrance, Tommy Durrance, Ray Durrance and Freddie Durrance.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Mary Ann Dolliver Durrance, Blackshear; son, Troy Durrance (wife Ann Marie), Lancester, NY; three sisters, Debbie Turner (husband Ronnie) and Mandy Snider (husband Al), both of Blackshear and Bobbie Anderson, Spring, TX; his fur baby, Rocky and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, from the chapel of Hart Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, GA 31501.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.hartfh.com.

Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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