Leonard Adside Obituary

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In Memory of

Leonard Adside

March 10, 1955 - April 23, 2013
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LEONARD ADSIDE, THE FIFTH CHILD OF TEN, BORN ON MARCH 10, 1955 WAS ANOTHER WELCOMED GIFT TO MARY AND LEONARD KING ADSIDE. ACCORDING TO MOM, HE WAS A VERY HAPPY AND BUBBLY BABY. AS HE GREW OLDER, HE WAS TAUGHT ALONG WITH THE REST OF US THE IMPORTANCE OF GOING TO CHURCH, FOLLOWING CHRIST'S COMMANDMENTS, AND "HONORING THY MOTHER AND FATHER THAT THOU DAYS MAY BE LONGER." HE FOLLOWED THESE GOLDEN RULES PRETTY MUCH UNTIL HE WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL AND BRIEFLY DETOURED IN HIS THINKING. HOWEVER, HE BOUNCED BACK, BEFRIENDED INSPIRATIONAL PEOPLE WHO WERE WORKING TOWARDS A GOAL, GOT BAPTIZED, GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL AND SERVED BRIEF TIME IN THE...
LEONARD ADSIDE, THE FIFTH CHILD OF TEN, BORN ON MARCH 10, 1955 WAS ANOTHER WELCOMED GIFT TO MARY AND LEONARD KING ADSIDE. ACCORDING TO MOM, HE WAS A VERY HAPPY AND BUBBLY BABY. AS HE GREW OLDER, HE WAS TAUGHT ALONG WITH THE REST OF US THE IMPORTANCE OF GOING TO CHURCH, FOLLOWING CHRIST'S COMMANDMENTS, AND "HONORING THY MOTHER AND FATHER THAT THOU DAYS MAY BE LONGER." HE FOLLOWED THESE GOLDEN RULES PRETTY MUCH UNTIL HE WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL AND BRIEFLY DETOURED IN HIS THINKING. HOWEVER, HE BOUNCED BACK, BEFRIENDED INSPIRATIONAL PEOPLE WHO WERE WORKING TOWARDS A GOAL, GOT BAPTIZED, GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL AND SERVED BRIEF TIME IN THE MILITARY. UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO A MEDICAL CONDITION THAT RESULTED WHILE SERVING OUR COUNTRY, HE WAS RELEASED WITH AN HONORABLE DISCHARGE. THAT EXPERIENCE WAS SOMEWHAT DISAPPOINTING I WOULD IMAGINE, WHICH HE RARELY DISCUSSED. YET HE SEARCHED FOR JOBS AND DID FIND WORK, PERFORMING A VARIETY OF DUTIES FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD. PERHAPS HE BECAME DISCOURAGED WITH THE TYPES OF JOBS HE HELD AND EVENTUALLY, SLOWLY STARTED HEADING DOWN THE ROAD OF SELF-DESTRUCTION WITH SOME INTERVENTIONS IN BETWEEN. TO HIS CREDIT, THOUGH, HE WAS VERY PERSONABLE, MADE FRIENDS EASILY AND WAS QUITE A "SALESMAN," AND HE KNEW GOD'S WORDS AND HIS PROMISES. SOME PEOPLE WOULD OFTEN EXPRESS HOW SWEET AND INDUSTRIOUS HE COULD BE AND HOW THEY ENJOYED HIS PRESENCE. I LOVED HEARING HIM LAUGH WHILE SAYING, "HEY SIS! THIS IS YOUR BROTHER SOUP!" HE EVEN TOLD ME THAT THE GREATEST GIFT THAT SOMEONE COULD GIVE HIM WAS LOVE. AND I KNOW HE WAS SHOWN AND FELT LOVED BY SOME. TRAGICALLY, WHEN HE STARTED ASSOCIATING WITH THE WRONG CROWD, AND WANTED FAST MONEY, HIS LIFE BECAME TOPSY-TURVY. NO, I'M NOT PUTTING THE BLAME ON OTHERS; HOWEVER, THERE WERE SOME UNSAVED PEOPLE IN HIS LIFE THAT HE LET IN AND WERE A PART OF HIS RUIN AS WELL AS THEIR OWN AND EACH OTHERS.' HIS FAMILY TRULY LOVED HIM AND EXERTED MUCH EFFORT TO STEER HIM IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION; ESPECIALLY, OUR PRECIOUS MOTHER (WHO PASSED AWAY IN 2011). SHE CRIED AND PRAYED OFTEN THAT THE STREETS WOULD NOT ENGULF HER CHILD AND SHOWED HIM UNDYING LOVE, DESPITE THE NEGATIVITY. ABOUT A YEAR BEFORE MOTHER PASSED, HE APOLOGIZED TO HER FOR HIS MISTAKES, WHICH FILLED HER HEART WITH JOY AND PRAISE. OUR DAD (WHO PASSED AWAY IN 2007) WOULD HAVE "SOUP" HELP WITH THE LAWN BUSINESS AND PROVIDE ENCOURAGEMENT; HIS OLDER BROTHER BOBBY, WOULD HELP HIM FINANCIALLY AND PROVIDE A PLACE FOR HIM TO LIVE PERIODICALLY; HIS OLDEST SISTER JOYCE (WHO PASSED AWAY AUGUST 2012) WOULD UPLIFT HIM SPIRITUALLY WITH WORDS OF WISDOM, HIS SISTER CHRISTINE, AN AMBASSADOR FOR CHRIST TOO, SUPPORTED HIM IN COUNTLESS WAYS, AS WELL AS HIS BABY BROTHER, NATHANIEL (WHO PASSED AWAY IN OCTOBER 2009); ALSO, HIS SISTERS JOANNE AND SHEILA PROVIDED SUPPORT. FURTHERMORE, SHEILA, THE YOUNGEST WOULD VISIT HIM IN THE HOSPITAL DURING THE LAST TWO YEARS OF HIS LIFE, BRINGING HIM COMFORT, MOTIVATION, AND FORGIVENESS IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING TANGIBLE THINGS HE REQUESTED. PLUS, HIS OLDEST BROTHER, JEFF OFFERED HIM SOUND ADVICE AND OFFERED HIM A TEMPORARY PLACE TO LIVE DURING LEONARD'S EARLIER YEARS. HE HAD OTHERS WHO WERE IN AND OUT OF HIS LIFE, SUCH AS DIANNE SMITH WHO BORE THEM A SON. HER OTHER CHILDREN WERE IN AND OUT OF HIS LIFE AS WELL, WHICH HE HAD MENTIONED TO ME THAT HE LOVED THEM AS IF THEY WERE HIS OWN. DIANE WOULD ALSO VISIT OUR BELOVED BROTHER OFTEN WHILE HE WAS HOSPITALIZED. OUR BROTHER CURTIS ALONG WITH OTHER RELATIVES AND FRIENDS WOULD ALSO VISIT HIM. LEONARD, NICK NAMED, "SOUP" WAS NOT ALWAYS THE RECEIVER, BUT HE WAS A GIVER TOO. HE WOULD PERFORM HARD LABOR FOR LITTLE OR NOTHING, AND WOULD "WORK BY THE SWEAT OF HIS EYEBROWS." ALL IN ALL, BASED ON OUR MANY CONVERSATIONS ON THE PHONE AND NUMEROUS LETTERS HE'D MAIL TO ME IN HOUSTON PRIOR TO HIS EXTREME HOSPITAL STAYS, I BELIEVE THAT HE GENUINELY WANTED AND TRIED TO QUIT HIS OLD HABITS AS YOU WILL READ ON THE FOLLOWING PAGES, WHICH WERE WRITTEN IN HIS OWN HANDWRITING.

"Forever in our hearts. RIP" Diane Smith (Naranja, FL)

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