The Rev. Leo A. Josey, Sr., a
49-year Alaska resident, died June 5, 2010, at ProvidenceExtendedCareCenter. He was 93. Rev. Josey died peacefully with three
generations by his side.
A service will be at ,
with visitation from noon-2 p.m., Saturday at New HopeBaptistChurch. Burial will take place at Monday at FortRichardsonNationalCemetery.
The Rev. Josey was born Dec. 10, 1916,
in Red Springs, N.C. The U.S. Air Force brought him and his family to Anchorage in November 1960. He retired after 22 years of service to
Following his retirement, Rev. Josey remained active. He was instrumental in
founding Anchorage's first African American Southern Baptist churches,
Greater Friendship Baptist Church, where he was pastor, and New HopeBaptistChurch. Rev. Josey always blazed new trails. He worked with the
Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development in the early '70s, helping
to develop one of the first youth employment programs. He attended UAA, where
he earned the equivalent of his doctorate in psychology, focusing on alcohol
abuse. He worked for the MOA, pioneering the city and state's alcohol
counseling treatment program, focusing on respecting the heritage and familial
structure of Alaska Natives. In all, Rev. Josey retired three times!
Rev. Josey's hobbies were reading, fishing and gardening. He was devoted to
fishing in Seward, Homer and Willow, dropping his hook from the first day of season. He was a
master gardener, growing record size dahlias, marigolds, peonies and cabbage.
He was an avid reader who built a library of hundreds of books with a
concentration on the classics.
He is survived by his sons, Leo Jr., and Terry; daughters, Carol Jackson and
Wisteria Ward; son-in-law, Robert Ward, of Anchorage; goddaughter, Donna
Bozeman; grandsons, Joseph Labbe', Marcus Knighten, Leo III, Eugene Ward and Yram,
and Mike Wilson of Anchorage; granddaughters, Michele Knighten,
Cazoshay Ward, Inman Wilson, Rhema
and Breanna, and their mother, Wanda, Tamara and Mila
Labbe', and 11 great-grandchildren.
Rev. Josey was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Mary Elizabeth.
Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
Published in adn.com from June
17 to June 18, 2010