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Morris Leverett, a former Lee County Commission chairman and Leesburg City Council member, died Saturday. He was 73.

The memorial service for Leverett, of 112 Fowler Drive, Leesburg, will be conducted Tuesday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Leesburg.  Rev. Bobby Harrell will officiate. The visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. (one hour before the service) at the church.

A native of Waycross, Ga., Leverett lived in Lee County for the past 45 years. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict and attended Albany Junior College.

Leverett was the former manager of the Dawson Harvey’s Store, owned and operated Leadfoot’s Petro from 1995 until 2009. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Leesburg.

Leverett served on the Leesburg City Council for 25 years and was a mayor pro tem. He served on the Lee County Commission, including as chairman, representing the Century District. He was defeated in 2008 by Rick Muggridge.

Survivors include his wife, Helen L. Leverett, two daughters, Dana Leverett Royal and Mandy Leverett Beaty, two sons Morris (Marty) Leverett, Jr. and his wife, Cheryl and Tatum M. Leverett and his wife, Dana Walker Leverett, all of Leesburg, a sister, Francis Hicks and her husband, Don of Waycross, grandchildren, Jacob Royal and Emily Royal of Patterson, Ga., James M. Leverett, Eliza K. Leverett, Kristin Reeves and Kailee Reeves, all of Leesburg, Kelsi T. Leverett of Statesboro, GA and Sophia A. Leverett of Leesburg, Cooper Tate Beaty and Carolina Beaty, both of Leesburg.

In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make contributions to the First Baptist Church of Leesburg, 135 Main Street, Leesburg, GA, 31763. An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

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