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Leo Julian Carden Jr.

Leo Julian Carden Jr. of South Boston died Wednesday, April 24, 2013. He was born in Durham, N.C. on Aug. 18, 1926 and was 86 years of age. He was the son of the late Leo J. Carden Sr. and Mabel Stubbins Carden. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Wanda ‘Bet’ Christerson Carden; a daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and David Peckens of Virginia Beach; a sister, Helen C. Hayes, of Nelson and Lake Mary, Fla.; and several devoted nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by three sisters, Mabel C. Puryear, Elizabeth C. Traynham, and Nannie C. Frederick.

Leo was a long time member of Main Street United Methodist Church,. He was a graduate of C. H. Friend High School, served in U.S. Army for two years in WW II, and attended Randolph Macon College. He retired after 43 years in the tobacco business. He was associated with Imperial Tobacco Co., South Boston for 31 years, and with Jas. I. Miller Tobacco Co. and Standard Commercial Tobacco Co. of Wilson, N.C. for 12 years. He had assignments in the Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, and Burley Belts. He enjoyed his work and was well liked by his many friends and colleagues. His sense of humor and joke telling were legendary.

Before and after retirement, Leo enjoyed golf, travel, the YMCA, following the Duke basketball team and coaching his many youth league basketball teams. In 2009, he was honored to be inducted into the South Boston-Halifax Sports Hall of Fame for 25 years of coaching the Hawks team with the late Hugh Moore.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, April 27, 2013, at 2 Main Street United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ed Rigg officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Powell Funeral Home on Friday evening from 7 to 8:30 and other times at the home. 

Those wishing to give memorials should consider Main Street United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 119, 701 N. Main Street, South Boston, VA 24592. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home, South Boston.