On the day of September 09, 2019, our beloved Leonard, left his earthly tabernacle to join those who have gone before to take his place with our Heavenly Father and the Angels in Heaven.
Leonard James McMullen was born January 7, 1958 to the late Mrs. Isabelle (Nelloms) and Mr. John Dean McMullen in Miami, Florida. He was the second oldest of three children.
Leonard received his early education in Miami Dade County Public School System and received his high school diploma from Miami Beach Senior High School in 1976.
Leonard enlisted in the United States Army in 1976, he served three years and subsequently attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. In 1979, he returned to Miami. then attended Miami-Dade Community College and received his AA in 1981. Leonard always had a driving force to keep him excelling to greater achievements.
In 1984, he married Regina Kelly and with that union were blessed with a loving and devoted daughter LaNita J. McMullen.
He attended the Miami-Dade School of Justice in 1985 and received his certification as a Correctional Officer for Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation. In 1990, he later married Wanda Stanley, from that union they were blessed with two wonderful, loving children Terahn and Imari McMullen.
While working as a Correctional Officer, he graduated from St. Thomas University and received a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership. Determined to serve as a role model he worked his way through the ranks from Officer to Lieutenant in the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department (MDCR). Leonard dedicated 32 years of service with MDCR and retired in 2014.
Demanding excellence was always Leonard's signature. Always a big "outside the box" thinker, with big ideas. Leonard was a leader driven to improve his community and the next generation. He would often use words of encouragement to his kids, ever so gently, so that they developed resilience and a strong determination to keep trying. Even with his friends and family, he never used harsh words or raised his voice to get his point across. Integrity was always Leonard McMullen's signature. He left a lasting impression on those he mentored.
Leonard enjoyed playing the guitar, socializing with friends, traveling and spending quality time with family. His love and devotion to God, his kids, family, friends and church continued until his death. Leonard spent many hours studying the bible and uplifting family and friends with encouraging words of inspiration.
Leonard was kind, soft-spoken, and always had time to answer a question or solve a problem, no matter how small. He had a smile that will forever be remembered by all who knew him.
Left to cherish his memories are his Children: LaNita, Terahn, (LaChevia), Imari (Nick Goshay); Grandchildren: Landon, Tarahj, Solomon, Ruth, and Naomi; Siblings: Clora, (Percy Nelson), Albert McMullen (Carla); loving nieces: Tineka, Victoria and Nia; loving nephews: Desmond, Jelani, Andre, Byron, Romel and Xavier; cousins: Lee, Virgie, Clotelia, Dorothy and Margaret. He also leaves to mourn a special friend Crystal Spann, along with a host of dedicated relatives and friends.
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I will always remember that day on the beach.... Rest in peace my friend.
Wow Leonard I'm still in shock, you had a heart of gold you always treated me nice. I'm still reminiscing the night that you Sam and I hung out at Novecento in Midtown with Carmen Williams, Stacey Spector and Guy Stofman we had a amazing night and you will always be in my heart. Rest in peace Brother Leonard you will be missed dearly.
My best friend in this lifetime, Leonard was a brother to me. We were friends since 7 years old, we live in the same neighborhoods for all of our lives Liberty City, Overtown and Miramar. We attended the same schools, LC Evans, Nautilus and Miami Beach High. We both joined the Military and we both retired from Dade County. Rest in peace my brother " I'm sure we'll meet again.
Leonard was my high school sweetheart. Our birthdays were one day apart. He lived next door to my cousins in over town an area in Miami. I will always love him. He will always have a special place in my heart. RIP my love. Aurelia aka Jonette
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