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. 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. He is buried there in a mass Confederate grave at/near Lauderdale, Mississippi.
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.