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Leon Wilkeson
Birth: Apr. 2, 1952
Newport
Newport County
Rhode Island, USA
Death: Jul. 27, 2001
Ponte Vedra Beach
St. Johns County
Florida, USA

Rock Musician. He was the bass guitarist for the Southern rock band "Lynyrd Skynyrd". On stage and on record, their full-throttle boogie style was both explosive and surprisingly graceful as evident in the genre's landmark "Free Bird" and "Sweet Home Alabama". Known for his outlandish hats, Leon Wilkeson survived the plane crash in 1977 that killed band memebers Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and singer Cassie Gaines. (bio by: Ron Moody) 
 
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 Parents:
  Russell Orville Wilkeson (1915 - 2011)
 
 Sibling:
  Ronald Lee Wilkeson (1944 - 2009)*
  Leon Wilkeson (1952 - 2001)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
FLY ON PROUD BIRD
YOU'RE FREE AT LAST

 
Burial:
Riverside Memorial Park
Jacksonville
Duval County
Florida, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Ron Moody
Record added: Oct 19, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5861203
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- stagger lee
 Added: Jun. 13, 2015

- Brandy
 Added: Apr. 12, 2015
HE is RISEN!! Happy birthday. Will meet you in the morning. RIP.
- goldengirl
 Added: Apr. 5, 2015
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