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Leo Kleb Johnson
  • Passed away on January 10, 2022

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Leo “Kleb” Johnson, age 68, of The Villages, FL, passed away on January 10, 2022. Kleb was born in Cairo, IL to his parents, James Sidney Johnson, Sr. and Betty (Kleb) Johnson on January 12, 1953. He married the love of his life, Joyce Thedford. He graduated from Ole Miss with a Masters of Arts in Administration. He was a proud member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and was a past president. He was a past president of the Mississippi Recreation and Park Association, a member of the National Recreation and Park Association, a retired official for the Mississippi Private School Administration, Chapter Director of the National Youth Sports Coach Association, and past Board of Directors Member and Assigning Secretary to the Central Mississippi Private School Basketball Official Association. Kleb has worked for the City of Oxford, MS as an Executive Director of the Oxford Park Commission, and for the City of Brandon, MS as a Director of Parks and Recreation. After he retired, Kleb worked for SWM in Oxford, MS. For activities and hobbies, Kleb was an avid traveler, he loved all sports in general, he loved to golf, go to the beach, loved all watersports, loved to read, and loved to do his crossword puzzles. He loved anything and everything Ole Miss, he bleed red and blue. His greatest joy in life was to spend time with his grandkids. He was a great family man, loving father, devoted husband, friend, and G-Dad the Magnificent. He will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Joyce Johnson; daughter, Harmony Johnson Sims (Jeremy); sister, Sue Larrance (Howard); grandchildren, Kiley Sims, Cole Sims, and Connor Sims; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Kleb’s name to the Ronald McDonald House of Nashville, 2144 Fairfax Avenue, Nashville, TN 37212 or online at www.rmhcnasville.com

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  1. Tabitha T Hebert says:
    16 Jan 2022
    Our thoughts and prayers for my cousin Joyce and her family. We love you! Kleb was such a nice man, I will always remember our family reunions and times at Aunt Rose and Uncle Gene’s. Love always, Tabitha and family

  2. Lois Rogers says:
    14 Jan 2022
    Kleb was such a wonderful man and partner to his wife Joyce. I know is is watching over Joyce and Harmony. My deepest sympathies to the whole family.

  3. Connie Cossar says:
    13 Jan 2022
    Uplifting y’all in Prayer .
    Hugs for you Joyce and yiu Harmony .

  4. Mitch Barkett says:
    13 Jan 2022
    My condolences to Joyce and family. Kleb was a good friend growing up. We had sleep overs when we were in grade school. I went one year to Ole Miss, the year before he enrolled and we stayed in touch. I got married and transferred to Murray State and we lost touch with one another. I regret that. He was a good guy. I prayed for him, God be with you all.

  5. Becky Merrill says:
    13 Jan 2022
    You'll be missed but your legacy will go on! We'll take care of them here in Clarksville for you! Harmony's friends

  6. Martha Benjamin says:
    13 Jan 2022
    Covering y’all in love and prayers!!
    Martha and Irb Benjamin

  7. Celeste and Butch Gros says:
    13 Jan 2022
    Butch and I are still numb from hearing of Kleb’s passing. I have only known Kleb for six or so years but you couldn’t help but love this guy! Such a sweet caring soul. Butch, however, has been friends with him and Joyce for many years and had many wonderful memories, vacations together, raising their kids together, going to LSU/Ole Miss games together, coming to our Christmas Boat Parade for years and many more unforgettable events. Butch has been sharing these memories with me ever since we got married. Joyce too is a beautiful woman who has more strength than most women I know and our prayers for her for continued strength are with her. I have walked in her shoes, so I feel her pain. Our prayers have been with her and the family since the beginning and will continue on. We send our love, hugs, prayers and condolences to you all. We are always here for you. May God wrap his arms around you.

  8. Bruce & Tina Thomas says:
    13 Jan 2022
    A wonderful man and friend. You will missed.
    ITB, Kleb!

  9. David R Day SR says:
    13 Jan 2022
    Kleb was an incredible human being. If you were his friend you were blessed. I will miss that grin and our conversations about Ole Miss. Rest my friend See you later .ITB

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