Leon Monroe Waters, age 80, departed this life on Saturday, October 27, 2018 in Salisbury, Maryland. Born January 4, 1938, in Cambridge, Maryland. He was the son of the late Elizabeth May Young and Clarence Cornish.
Leon spent his early years on South Pine Street with his parents and in Baltimore City with his aunt and uncle Johnnie and Laura Gibson and aunt Edith McNear.
Leon graduated from Maces Lane High School with the class of 1956. He was a profound scholar and athlete, where he excelled in Academics and Sports, playing 3 years of Baseball, 2 years of Football and 4 years of Basketball. He earned a Scholarship to Paul Quinn College in Waco, Texas were he studied from 1957- 1959 with his friends and fellow athletes Vincent Brommell, Melvin Young and David Henry. In October 1960 Leon was drafted in the United States Army as an Ordnance Supply Specialist. After completing his Initial Entry Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland for light truck driving, he was transferred to Camp Humphreys, Korea. He loved that assignment and traveled throughout Korea playing basketball for the Battalion Travel Team, winning bragging rights for MVP during tournaments. From Korea he transferred to Fort Monroe, Virginia as Specialist 4 for the remainder of his contract, ending his Tour of Duty November 1964. During his 4 years in the military Leon earned the Army Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Army Achievement Medal 1st OLC, Overseas Service Ribbon, Driver Badge, Expert Marksmanship Rifle Badge, and Sharpshooter Marksman Carbine badge. Upon returning to Cambridge, Leon worked at Cambridge House, Hanover Foods and retired from Darlington International in 2003. He played in the Basketball Intramural League during the 1970s and was an accurate 3 pointer shooter. He would take his young daughters to the games, and they would shout swoosh in your face, when he pulled up his famous jump shot. After retirement, Leon spent his time with his family and many friends. He always had what we call today, a man cave, it would always be filled with music, friends, cocktails, and sports talk. Until the day he left for the hospital he would still trash talk with his friends about his days growing up down South Pine, his basketball skills with his trophies displayed in his man cave, history, current events, and school days. Leon’s favorite teams were the Green Bay Packers, Boston Celtics and New York Yankees and if you called the house and did not get an answer it was because he would be watching a baseball or basketball game with his best friend since childhood Vincent Brommell. Yes, you heard right, Leon would be in his house and Vincent would be in his. They would talk several times a week for hours and he would not click over. Leon always had his pipe nearby and a funny since of humor. We will never forget the many sayings that he would repeat. Like his mother, when he talked it sounded as if he was fussing, but he had a heart of gold and we will forever keep him alive in our memory.
Leon married his High School Sweetheart and the Love of his Life, Faye Slacum Waters, June 3, 1967 (51 years), they have two daughters, Vonya Johnson and Alicia Waters and one Grandson Markus Leon Clennon, whom he was so very proud of.
He leaves to cherish his loving memories – his wife, Faye Slacum Waters, daughters Alicia Faye Waters and Vonya Nicole Johnson; Grandson Markus Leon Clennon; son-in-law Otis Johnson; a nephew he helped raise Alfred Slacum; sister Agnes Jenkins and brother James Cornish; brother-in-laws Richard Jenkins, Wayne Robinson, Michael Robinson and Donald Willis; sister-in-laws JoAnn Slacum and Beverly Robinson; uncle George Ames; nieces Carla Jenkins, Anita Major (Freddy), Desire Watson (Joe) and Cheri Slacum; nephews Richard Jenkins Jr., Ray Cornish and Jermaine Ringgold; Great nieces Tiffany Ennals and Taneesha Slacum; friends/brothers Vincent Brommell, Nicky Henry, Melvin Young, Tyrone Seymour, Alonzo (Baldy) Jones; special friends Lois Young, Robert (Mundy) Dyer, Gavin Cornish and Vance Cephas; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by maternal grandparents Ben and Neicie Waters; paternal grandparents Ernest and Matilda Wheatley-Cornish; step-father Woodrow Young; step-mother Elizabeth Cornish; aunts Laura Gibson, Edith McNear, Elenore Waters; and Delema Ames; uncles Edward Waters and Tom Dixon; mother-in-law Leotha Slacum; father-in-law Reginald Humaine and Alfred Burroughs Jr; brother-in-laws Rennard Slacum and Alfred Slacum; nephew Donte Travers; and Eric Woolford and Ronald Copper who were like sons to him.