Published 1:51 pm Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Leon Elliot Rayford, of Slidell, passed away on Oct. 8, 2022, at the age of 81. He was born on Nov. 6, 1940, in Bogalusa, to his loving parents, the late Samuel Rayford Sr. and Lucille Thompson. Leon is the beloved husband of 33 years to Jacqueline; loving father of Detrich (Bryan), Chandra, Wanda (Rickey), Henry, Cedric, Taren, Damien (Amanda) and Brandy; proud grandfather of Joshua, Eljyn, Brittany, Lil Joshua, Kaileb, Kyree, Eiriana, Airien, Taren Jr. and Demetria; and caring great-grandfather to several great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his former spouse of 25 years, Rosemary Rayford and a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family members.
Leon was predeceased by his brother, Samuel Rayford Jr., and sister, Clemmie Lee Moore.
Leon attended Central Memorial High School and graduated with the Class of 1959. He worked for Crown Zellerbach in Bogalusa for over 17 years and later with United States Gypsum in New Orleans for over 14 years. Additionally, he was employed with Supreme Nissan of Slidell until retirement. Leon was a member of the Little Union Baptist Church in Pearl River and was a longtime member of a domino group in Bogalusa with longtime friends. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Audubon Funeral Home in Slidell. A funeral service officiated by Pastor Deflanders will begin in the chapel at 2 p.m. Leon will be laid to rest in the Bogalusa Cemetery following services. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Little Union Baptist Church located at 39070 Haas Road in Pearl River, LA 70452, or by Cash App at $lin3374.
Memories and condolences may be expressed online at www.audubonfuneralhome.com.