LOUISBURG - Betty Jean Leonard Marshbourne, 83, of Louisburg, passed away Sunday, October 23, 2016 after suffering from Parkinson's Disease for a number of years.
She was born in Franklin County in the Red Bud Community on January 22, 1933. She was one of four daughters born to Johnny O. Leonard and Myrtice Gupton Leonard. Her life was one that could be best described as both loving and serving. She cared deeply for her family, friends, and community, always placing the lives of others before her own. Jean loved to cook and fellowship around the table with family and friends. She will be missed by her extended family, church family and others who knew her.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband, George Warren Marshbourne; her parents; her sisters, Janice Jones, Irma Gilliam and Virginia Lopes; and two double first cousins, Douglas and Maggie Leonard.
She is survived by two very dear children, Terri and husband, Pete Tomlinson of Raleigh, and son, Warren Marshbourne of Florida; four grandsons, Elliott, Garrett, Carson, and Eric Tomlinson of Raleigh. Also surviving is a brother-in-law, Frankie Lopes, and double first cousin, Darrel Leonard.
Funeral services will held at Louisburg Baptist Church with Dr. Reggie Rushing officiating Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the Tomlinson Room of the church. Burial to follow in the Red Bud Baptist Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Louisburg Baptist Church, Neighbors Fund, P.O. Box 730, Louisburg, NC 27549.
Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, www.stricklandfuneralhome.net.