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Monroe County Observer, (Monroe Co. TN) August 24, 1976, Page 1 & 7:
“The tomb of Dr. & Mrs. John R. Leonard, which is located on the Ellen Peals farm on Mecca Pike near the Brownhill community was desecrated Friday. The upper portion of the three-inch thick marble door, which had been broken for several years, was forced open and a marble slab was pried off the physician’s casket. Both the caskets of Dr. & Mrs. Leonard were vandalized by persons believed to be searching for jewelry and money. Dr. Leonard, who practiced in Tellico Plains, died in 1907. The tomb settled after the doctor was buried, and when his wife’s body was brought to it, the shelf on which the casket was to lie was too small so the casket was left on the floor of the tomb. The upper portion of Mrs. Leonard’s casket was covered with glass and those who viewed it said her features were still recognizable. This glass top was pried also. Roy Williams of Williams‘ Monument Works of Etowah and M.M. “Mac“ Leonard, a great nephew of Dr. Leonard examined the damage.”