Leo Journeay Bland, Jr.

August 3, 1935 - January 19, 2022

Leo Journeay Bland, Jr. of Farmersville, Texas passed away on January 19, 2022 at the age of 86. He was born on August 3, 1935 to Leo Journeay Bland, Sr. and Eula Irene White in Orange, Texas.  Leo graduated from Lutcher Stark High School in Orange, Texas.  After high school he joined the Army Reserves and started working at Del Sasso, a home building company.  It was there that he learned his many trade skills; he was a carpenter, metal worker, electrician, masonry, and plumber.  If you showed Leo a picture, he could build it.  With all his skills, he started Bland’s Remodeling and later Bland’s Metal Works, Inco. 

Leo was a loving and caring husband and father.  He would walk through fire for his family.  Leo was happiest around his family, and they were all blessed to know him.  He helped everyone he knew and never asked for anything in return.  Leo loved laughing and making others laugh.  He did this through jokes and pranks alike.  Leo loved telling stories.  His favorite thing to do was traveling and fishing, all with family.  They traveled to many national parks together.  Later in life, Leo started playing golf.  He started late but picked up the game quick.  Leo’s many adventures gave him a great knowledge about life.  His wisdom and knowledge led those who knew him to trust him. All felt safe and at ease in his company.

He is survived by his wife, Paula Bland of Farmersville, Texas; children, Troy Lynn Bland of Orangefield, Texas, Michael Duane Bland of Katy, Texas, Kellie Barfield and husband, Richard of Orangefield, Texas, Kristie Garrett and husband, Matthew of McKinney, Texas, Leo Joshua  Bland and wife, Brie of Princeton, Texas; and Nancy Hargett and husband, Dusten of Farmersville, Texas; grandchildren, Candice, Danielle, Dustin, Alicia, Jason, Destany, Rebekah, Samuel, Nicholas, Charis, and Atlas; great grandchildren, Madison, Logan, and Koda; and numerous other loving family and friends.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 24, 2022 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen, Texas.  The service will be livestreamed at https://celebrationoflife.tv/blog/leo-journeay-bland-jr.  Interment will follow at Pecan Grove in McKinney, Texas. The family will receive friends during a visitation on Sunday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

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What an amazing man. The slide show says it all! Thank you for sharing your amazing family's life. You are blessed. Rhonda, January 23, 2022 I wish Covid had not been around these last 2 years so we could have gotten together with all of you and visited Pops more. I’m really going to miss him and his beautiful smile. May all those great memories bring you comfort during these hard times. Sandi and George. Sandi Sossamon, January 22, 2022 Our prayers are with you folks. He was always joyful and amazing he will be missed. Lois Hughes, January 22, 2022 To the man that was loving, giving, and funny. My funny story was when Mr. Leo would pain his finger nails and always had a story to go with it. You will be missed by all. Love, Bobby & Linda Linda Sorge, January 22, 2022 You will be forever missed and forever in my heart, Daddy! Thank you for giving us the best childhood and for always loving us so unconditionally. You were such an amazing man and the best Daddy and Pop. I love you so much! Matthew and Kristie Garrett, January 21, 2022