Biography: Leona Capers was born on January 23, 1932 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. She departed this life on March 3, 2021. Leona attended school in North Carolina until her family migrated to New York City where she continued her education. At an early age Leona attended the First Church of Jesus Christ Apostolic Faith where she was an active participant in the Children’s Ministry and Sunday School.
Old school music was the sound track to Leona’s life and it was not uncommon to be serenaded by the sounds of Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, and Johnny Cash when visiting her home. Leona was also a fan of classic movies; one of her favorite movies was Gone With The Wind and you could also find her snuggled up on the couch watching her favorite Westerns.
When Leona was not watching one of her beloved movies, she could be found in the kitchen cooking her favorite soul food dishes, like beef stew, ox tails and curry goat. An exceptional cook, Leona was like a modern day Chopped Champion, who could, at a moment’s notice, make a gourmet meal out of whatever ingredients she happened to have in the house at the time. She was also an avid baker but as much as she liked to cook, she loved to eat even more. Leona worked as a domestic engineer for many years before retiring to enjoy the fruits of her labor.
Leona was preceded in death by her loving mother Marie Tyson and her two sons Stanley and Val, Jr. Left to cherish precious memories of Leona are her daughters: Joann and Tryphena; sons: Emmitt and Ervin; sons-in-law: John and Tony; daughter-in-law: Vanessa; six grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and host of other relatives and friends.