Leon Arnold Hamblin, Sr., 84, husband of Florie Avin Hamblin, died Monday, January 8, 2018 at Palmetto Health Tuomey.
Born in Boston, Mass., he was a son of the late George Henry Hamblin and the late Iona Loretta Chisholm Hamblin. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. Mr. Hamblin retired from the U.S. Air Force after more than twenty years of service. He was a veteran of the Korean War and member of American Legion Post 15. Following his military service he worked for the Huffman Corporation in Clover, SC.
Survivors include his wife of Sumter; six children, Linda Patrick Hamblin of Everett, Wash., Leon A. Hamblin, Jr. (Kimberly) of York, Patricia Handberg of Mattawa, Wash., Ricky D. Hamblin (Patricia) of Clover, Kathy Cobb of Wash., and Susan Tobler (Kevin) of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; three step-children, Barbara Harris of Sumter, Danny C. Welch (Debbie), and Jenny Welch all of Sumter; 27 grandchildren; 45 great grandchildren; and 10 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry Fraser officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be members of his Sunday School Class.
The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at Bethel Baptist Church and other times at the home.
Memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church, 2401 Bethel Church Rd., Sumter, SC 29150.
Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.