Joseph Leon Whitson

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Joseph Leon “Road Dog” Whitson, an esteemed member of the Columbus community, will be honored and remembered in a celebratory memorial service as we gather to pay tribute to a life well-lived. Born on November 14, 1944, in Berry, AL, Joseph later served his country with honor and courage, completing two tours in Vietnam and achieving the rank of Sgt. in the Army.

Throughout his life, Joseph was known for his dedication and hard work as a Foreman/Supervisor at Action Bumper Company, where he made a lasting impact. He was also a proud member of the Ohio Army National Guard and a passionate participant in various community organizations, such as the Flames Motorcycle Club where he also served as the National Secretary. He was also a member of the Masonic Order, Temple #1.

Joseph’s love for his family and friends was evident in everything he did. He cherished his role as a husband to his beloved wife of 53 years, Norma Jean, and as a father to his daughters, LaVita (Craig) and Kelly (Ray). He found joy in spending time with his grandchildren, Tierra, Arianna, and Kameron, as well as his great-granddaughter, Amya. Also left to cherish his memory, his sister, Mildred Louise Brewer and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Velma Whitson and siblings, Hosea, Joe, Mary Jewel, Willie Frank, Charles, Marveline, Robert L., Lorenzo, and Arnell.

A man of diverse interests, Joseph enjoyed bowling, fishing with Sonny and Mr. Gilbert, riding his motorcycle with friends, and engaging in friendly games of checkers. His kindness and warmth touched the lives of many, leaving an indelible mark on all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

In honoring Joseph’s memory, let us come together to celebrate a life filled with love, service, and cherished moments that will forever be held in our hearts. May his spirit live on through the countless lives he touched and the memories he created.

Joseph Leon Whitson, age 79. Sunrise November 14, 1944 and Sunset February 21, 2024. Visitation 10:00 AM and Funeral Service 11:00 AM Thursday, March 7, 2024 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH 2500 Cleveland Ave. Interment at Eastlawn Cemetery. To read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to the Whitson Family, visit

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Condolence Messages

  1. Vicki Culver- The Columbus Flames MC

    My thoughts and prayers to the family. Leon was a great light in our lives. He will be greatly missed.

  2. Loretta Brown-Albert & Family

    To the Whitson family, you all are in my prayer. Leon will truly be missed; he was a great friend of mine, and I loved him like a brother. He’s safe in God’s arms now no more suffering no pain. Rest while my friend gone from our sight but always in our hearts! WELL, DONE.

  3. Pastor Genary Maxwell The City Church-Reynoldsburg

    To the Whitson Family. Our love and prayers are with you. May The Lord comfort your hearts and give you Peace.

  4. Teresa Hairston

    Sending my love and prayers for you to find comfort
    in the coming days and cherished memories you can
    forever hold on to . with sincere condolences.

    The Hairston Family

  5. Patricia. Scott

    So sorry for you loss. My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult and very sad occasion. May God keep you and the family wrapped up in his arms,.

  6. Christina Wofford

    So Sorry For Your Loss, My Prayers and Condolences going Out To All The Family members and Close Friends, He Was Truly one of Gods Soldiers,A Dedicated Family Man And Faithful Friend,He Will be Truly missed,Gone but Never Forgotten, May he Rest In Paradise!!!From Christina and Michael Wofford & Family

  7. Kendall Madison

    So sorry to hear of his passing. May your love for and memories with him sustain you through these difficult times and forevermore.

    Sending much love and many tight hugs,

    Kendell Madison

  8. Tonya Roach-Wade

    Kelly & LaVita, thanks for sharing your dad with us. My condolences to the family. RIH Mr Leon.

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