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Hanover community remembers beloved Kroger worker


Linda Cox and so many others who often come to the Kroger on Atlee Road were shocked to learn about the sudden passing of Leslie Hobbs.

Hobbs known to everyone in the community as Mr. Leon had worked as a bagger at the Kroger since it first opened six years ago. He passed away on Monday.

"He always told you to have a blessed day and he always had candy in his pocket and it just amazed me," Linda Cox said.

That candy was Mr. Leon's secret weapon. Many told us today that it was those mint candies and his piercing smile that brightened the lives of hundreds of people each day.

"It was just a tiny little mint and I still had a couple in my diaper bag, it was just a little mint but it was his way of showing you that he cared about you," Linda Cox said.

Juli Smith spoke with Mr. Leon often snapping a picture with him a little over a week ago. She says it was their first picture together and now it will be their last. Dozens came out Friday afternoon to take part in a special ceremony honoring a man who gave so little that meant so much to many people in this community.

"He wasn't a multimillionaire who did all this extensive things to make the world a better place but everybody will remember Leon," Juli Smith said.

While Mr. Leon may be gone many say his legacy will live on forever through the many lives he touched and the customers he called his family.

"I feel happy that I worked with someone that was like that," Cheryl Arrington said.

Funeral Services for Mr. Leon will be tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 PM at Wilson and Associates Funeral Services in Richmond.

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