Leo Junior Talbott, age 73, passed away on Saturday, April 9, 2022. He was born at his home in Tenmile, West Virginia on October 15, 1948 to Oran Tobe Talbott and Virginia (Jenney) Talbott.
He grew up on a farm with six siblings who worked hard to tend responsibilities. He graduated from Buckhannon-Upshur High School. He had a passion for cars and the need for speed, which led him to drag racing during his teenage years. He enjoyed taking anything with a motor apart and putting it back together until he knew every component. He also enjoyed camping, boating, fishing and being outdoors.
He enlisted in the Army and went to Vietnam in the 1970s as a gas and diesel mechanic. Shortly after he was reassigned to do transcriptions. He left Vietnam as a Specialist E5 and was honored with the Meritorious Badge of Service ARCOM medal. He was very proud to be a veteran and to have served his country.
After serving in the Army, he returned to Buckhannon and started his own business called Leo’s Carpet Service. He also worked at a coal mine in Buckhannon called the DLM before getting married in the 1980s and moving to Wilmington, North Carolina where he continued his carpet business. In the late 1990s, he moved back to West Virginia to be closer to family where he continued his business and spent the remainder of his life.
He is survived by daughter Alyssa (Ashley) Humphrey and spouse Thomas (Daniel) Humphrey; sisters: Judith Strader, Josie Tenney, Linda Lemmons, and Loretta (Jean) Stump; brothers: Dana and Judd Talbott; and many, nieces and nephews.
Military Graveside Service will be on Monday, April 18, at 10:30 a.m. at Heavner Cemetery Veteran’s Section for family and friends.