Alvin Leon Josey, 76, of Florence, S.C. and formerly of Statesville, died Thursday, May 14, 2015. He was born in Statesville and was a son of the late John Alva and Naomi Chapman Josey. Leon served in the Air Force Reserve from 1957 to 1962 and the N.C. Air National Guard from 1956 to 1957. He moved his family to Florence, S.C. in 1964 as a salesman for Maintenance Supply Company of N.C. He held various positions in sales and real estate including working part time at the Darlington Raceway museum from 1965 until 1986, until he retired from Iron Age Safety Shoe Co. Leon was a friend to many and loved by all.

He is survived by three children: Mark Leon Josey (Susan) of Timmonsville, S.C., Robin Josey Allen (Melvin) of Effington, S.C. and Darrin Scott Josey of Savannah, Ga. Also surviving is a sister, Patricia “Patsy” Josey Lytton (Wes) of Statesville and 2 grandchildren. Additional survivors include a nephew, David Wesley Lytton, nieces: Tina Lytton Johnson (Scott) and Cindy Lytton Chapman (Rusty) along with his former wife, Peggy Rumple Josey.

Graveside services are scheduled for 2:00 P.M. Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Oakwood Cemetery with Rev. Brian Burgess officiating.

Memorials may be given to Hospice & Palliative Care Of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Dr. Statesville, N.C. 28625 or to Monticello Baptist Church, 3603 Taylorsville Hwy. Statesville, N.C. 28625. Nicholson Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.