Leonard is the son of Leonard Oscar Kitchens, Sr. and Myrtis Virginia Couch. He is the first of four children born to Leonard and Myrtis. His father, my grandfather, was an Atlanta City Fireman, who worked his way up from driver to a captain. The last fire his father fought was the famous Winecoff Hotel fire in downtown Atlanta. Both his parents were from Paulding County, Georgia. They moved to Atlanta and set up housekeeping there, after they were married on July 4, 1920, at the Dallas, Georgia (Paulding County) Courthouse. Leonard, Sr.'s father was William Oscar Kitchens, and his mother was (Mary Catherine, as per census information) "Missouri" Nichols. Both of them, i.e. Oscar and Missouri, are buried at Pine Ridge (used to be Methodist) Church on Highway 61 in Paulding County, Georgia.
Leonard' maternal grandparents are Jefferson Davis Couch and Malinda C. "Lindy" Daniel. They were both from Paulding County, Georgia, as well. They are both buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Paulding County, Georgia, near the town of Dallas, Georgia. Jefferson Davis was originally from Coweta County, but his mother moved the family to Paulding after Jeff's father was killed during the Civil War near Meridian, Mississippi, only sixty-one (61) days after his enlistment date of March 4, 1862. James Allen Couch is buried in the Lauderdale Springs Confederate States of America Cemetery in Lauderdale, Mississippi (Find A Grave Memorial #51435562). He left behind a young widow and three young sons.
Leonard's beloved wife, Edna; his parents; his brother Ray and sister-in-law Betty; and brother-in-law Harold Holbrook are buried in the Kitchens Family Cemetery plot adjacent to Mt. Harmony Baptist Church, in Mableton, Georgia. Our family has attended Mt. Harmony Baptist Church since the Leonard's and Myrtis' move from Atlanta to Leland/Mableton, Georgia since 1939. Leonard, Jr. served as a Sunday School teacher of young children as a young father, and as a deacon beside his father in the church. He was a devout husband and the best Daddy in the world to my brother and me. He proved to be a wonderful role model as a father [and later as a grandfather of four] in countless ways. One way which especially "stood out" was that of a life-long learner. He went to school as an adult at night to earn a degree in "Electronics Technology", graduating in 1967, enabling him to attain a better position at his place of employment, Southern Railway, where he worked 42+ years. The Honorable Senator Herman Talmadge spoke at his graduation ceremony in Marietta, Georgia.
My Dad, who had been a widower since 1991, was blessed to live to see his two (2) great grandchildren.