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Leon Hayden, Sr.

Leon Hayden, Sr. was born September 15, 1933, in Lexington, Ky and passed on August 20, 2023 at 89 years of age. Leon grew up in Paris, Ky and was the oldest of five children born to Francis Biddle. He and his family were faithful members of the Zion Baptist Church in Paris, Ky. Leon graduated from Western High School in Paris in 1954 and then joined the U.S. Army for two years. He attended Tennessee State University from 1956 to 1960 and graduated with a BS degree in Industrial Education. He then returned to Western High School and taught shop for two years.

Leon married Bettie Ann Green of North Middletown, KY in 1962. They moved to Indianapolis, Indiana in 1964. After moving to Indianapolis, they both taught at Indianapolis Public Schools, Leon for 2 years and Bettie retired from IPS. Their son, Leon Jr. was born in 1965 and was faithful caring for his Father.

Leon Sr. earned a master’s degree from Indiana State University in 1969 in Industrial Education and taught in Louisville, Ky for several years before joining International Harvester (later Navistar) from which he retired.

Leon was a hardworking man. During his teaching career, he always found work in the summer – painting houses, yard work and other ways to earn money. He and his wife eventually owned and rented several houses on the west side of Indianapolis for several years. He was an avid player of the stock market. He was never late for work and never missed work.

Leon was a faithful, tithing member of the University United Methodist Church for many years and started a garden at the church. He attended all Western High School Reunions until his health prevented his attendance about six years ago. He was a member of the Southern Cross Lodge No 39 Masonic Temple.

Leon Sr. was preceded in death by his wife, Bettie Ann Green Hayden, his Mother, Francis Biddle, his brothers, Charles Ingram, Eugene Davis, Steward Biddle and his sister, Mary Mayberry. In addition to his son, Leon Jr,, he is survived by his nephews, Keith Ingram and Tony Mayberry

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