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Benjamin  Jefferson  Leary, Sr.
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Deacon Benjamin Jefferson Leary, Sr. was born on November 29, 1922 in Ashburn, Georgia, the fifth child of sixteen to the late John H. Leary, Sr. and Ardelia Bell Holmes Leary. His early education was in Georgia where he attended the Eureka High School. He worked for his father in agriculture for several years before relocating to Palm Beach, Florida.

When he was three years old, he attended Sunday school. With his father, he loved it so much that he attended it for the next 86 years when he became disabled.

In June 1945, he was united in holy matrimony to Estella Jackson. With this union two sons were born, Oran Keith Leary and the late Benjamin J. Leary, Jr. They relocated to Roselle, New Jersey in March 1946. He was employed as a Supervisor at Merck & Co. in Rahway where he worked in the laboratory for 20 years and was assigned to a first line, to supervise the Research Division for the next 16 years, retiring in January 1, 1985. Previously, he was a Cook for the United States Government at Camp Kilmer for two years.

The Learys joined the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church where he served as a Sunday school Teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, Church Secretary, and Chairman of the Deacon Board and was ordained for the deaconship in May 1949. In 1956, he was elected President of the Sunday school because of his interest in Christian education and B. T. U. Congress of the New Hope Baptist Association and in 1954 was elected (1958) 2ND Vice President of Sunday school and B.T.U. Congress of the General Baptist Convention of the State of New Jersey. He was an official messenger to the National Sunday school and B.T.U. Congress of the National Baptist Convention, USA Inc.

During his 43 years in Roselle, New Jersey, he served as Assistant Scoutmaster and as Second Ward Councilman in 1966. He was a master barber in Roselle 18 years. After retirement, he became a licensed real estate sales person. After 4 years, the Learys returned to their native state Georgia and resided in Lithonia in 1989. They joined the Green Forest Baptist Church where he was placed as an 83rd member of the Deacon Board. He also served as Vice Chairman of the Board, Coordinator of Communions for the 8,000 members and a member of the teaching staff of the Sunday school for 17 years before his return to New Jersey to live with his son in 2006.

He was predeceased by his wife, Estella Leary in October 1991; son, Benjamin J. Leary, Jr.; seven sisters: Johnnie V. Jones, Martha Grundy, Annie Lois Slaughter, Doris Whitehurst, Christeen McCant, Maudene Bennett and Betty Sue Leggett; and six brothers: C.Q. Leary, Linel Leary, John Henry Leary, Jr., Robert Leary, Elmer Leary and Julius Dean Leary.

Benjamin J. Leary, Sr. leaves to cherish fond memories, his devoted son, Oran Keith Leary and wife, Sharon of South Plainfield, NJ; sister, Edna Ruth Leary of Elizabeth, NJ; brother, Rev. Dr. James E. Leary (Shirley) of Richmond, VA; 2 loving grandchildren: Tia and Benjamin III; 2 great-grandchildren: Anjali and Josiah; daughter-in-law, Carmen Leary; three sisters-in-law: Elizabeth Leary, Geneva Jackson and Susie Doris Leary; nieces, nephews, and a host of dear relatives and friends.

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Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church

1002 Rivington Street
Roselle, NJ 07203





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Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church

1002 Rivington Street
Roselle, NJ 07203

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Westview Memorial Cemetery

Ashburn , Georgia 00000


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