Mr. Leon Mapp, Sr. was born on July 25th, 1942 to Ernest and Beatrice (Green) Mapp in White Plains, GA. “Fat”, as he was called by all who knew him, was reared in the Springfield / Log Cabin Community with his five siblings: Irma, Cleveland, Carolyn, John Wesley, and Vivian. He was a member of the Springfield Baptist Church, which he joined at an early age. It was later in life that he truly developed a personal relationship with the Lord, and he began to witness to others often of the goodness of Jesus. Fat was well-liked in his community, respected by his peers, and loved deeply by his family and friends.
Fat loved to race cars, hunt, fish, repair and restore vintage automobiles, keep his yard freshly manicured, travel to various states to visit his children and grandchildren, and he knew how to tell a good story to keep a smile on your face. He loved his “toys” – all types of heavy equipment: tractors, heavy duty lawn mowers, excavators, etc. He retired from Central State Hospital in 2004 as a Heavy Equipment Operator…it’s not work if you’re doing what you love.
Fat was preceded in death by his parents Ernest and Beatrice; one brother, Cleveland Mapp, Sr. and a sister, Carolyn Mayo.
In the early morning hours of November 15, 2022; Fat was called home from labor to reward. He leaves to cherish his memories: his loving and devoted wife, Diane Mapp. His children: Brent (Wendy) Mapp, Marcia (Morris) Drane, Trence Walker, Christopher Moss, Montegus Lowe, Sr., Markina (Todd) Owens, Surece (Costella) Nunnally, Korry Lowe, Sr., Joy Mapp, Leon (Jamie) Mapp, Jr., and Keidra Mapp. Sisters - Irma Barksdale and Vivian Mapp; Brother – John Wesley (Patricia) Mapp; Brother-In-Law, Clarence Mayo. Sisters-In-Law; Patricia A. Mapp, Shirley (Charles) Bly, and Joann Wilson. Three very devoted friends: Leonard, Willie James “Pete” Thomas, and John “Goat” Johnson. Twenty-one grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends.
To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord; Leon “Fat” Mapp, Sr. will be greatly missed.