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Leroy Steagall

April 2, 1941 ~ January 8, 2016 (age 74)



On January 8, 2016, Mr. Leroy Steagall departed this earthly life at the age of 74. Leroy Steagall was born in the rural southern city of Newnan, Georgia on April 2, 1941 to the late Henderson Sr. and Mary Steagall (Lovelace).

Leroy accepted Christ at an early age. He was baptized at New Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Newnan, Georgia. Leroy graduated from Central High School in Newnan, Georgia in 1961. In search of opportunity, Leroy relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio. Like many black men of his era, he started working in local factories. He landed a job with the Sawbrook Steel Casting Company. In 1964, he was drafted into the United States Army where he served 2 years. He then received an Honorable Discharge. Upon moving back to Cincinnati, Leroy met and married Cleo Williams and to this union, four daughters were born.

Eager to take advantage of opportunities, Leroy was one of the first African Americans to enroll in the training program at Cincinnati Milacron. Leroy completed 8,000 hours of training as an electrician. He worked in the electrical field for a few years while studying at O.M.I (currently part of the University of Cincinnati) to become certified before going through The Prep Jet Apprentice Program. Leroy became a journeyman with Local 212. He was a very active and respected member who recruited and mentored hundreds of other members. Realizing how important that the Prep Jet program has was in his career, Leroy later returned to Prep Jet as an instructor.
In 1976, Leroy Steagall and Ellbert Goode opened Goode Electric service and quickly became two of the most respected minority contractors in Cincinnati. Leroy went on to establish Steagall Electric Inc. in partnership his wife Cleo Steagall. Steagall Electric Inc. specialized in commercial, industrial, and residential electrical services. Steagall Electric successfully completed projects for the Department of Defense, University of Cincinnati, Procter and Gamble, Cincinnati Bell, and the State of Ohio. Steagall Electric had contracts all over the city of Cincinnati, the state of Ohio and the Tri-State area.

Leroy was very active in the community. In 1989, he became a Mason and was very active throughout the years. He served as Worshipful Master in 1996, and as Worthy Patron with the Eastern Stars from 1999 through 2000. Leroy was also a member of King Solomon Consistory No 20, Royal Arch, Royal Select, Sinai Temple #59 , and Knight Temple. On May 19, 2014, Leroy was created a Grand Inspector General of the 330.

Due to the climate of shrinking opportunities for minorities in the construction trades, Leroy was determined to provide a path for those who were willing to learn and work towards a lasting career. He created the Urban Technology and Training center, an apprenticeship program whose mission was to offer career alternatives to minorities, veterans, and ex-offenders.

Leroy had a passion for many things. He loved to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He had a passion for giving back. His goal was to uplift the African-American community and give young people a sense of hope. Most of all, Leroy enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He made sure that he participated in all of his grandchildren’s activities. He also enjoyed travelling to Newnan, Georgia to visit his family and friends. He also enjoyed eating at Ponderosa and at Frisch’s with his buddy Mr. Cargile and his brother’s Kenny and Henderson Steagall.

Leroy was preceded in death by his parents Henderson and Mary Steagall; wife: Cleo D. Steagall; sisters: Esie Mae Calloway and Angela Avery; brother: Willie L Steagall.

Leroy leaves to cherish his memories: four daughters: Angela Gilmore (Stephen Sr), Tamara Johnson (Curtis Sr), Dr. Felicia Steagall, Brandi Steagall of Cincinnati, Oh, a son Adrian McCoy (Kim) of Cincinnati, OH, brothers and sisters: Henderson Steagall, Jr. (Doris), Jimmy Steagall (Rochelle), Carl Steagall (Josephine), Kenneth Steagall of Cincinnati, OH, Eddie Steagall, Mary C. Arnold, Maude Hudson, Elizabeth Blandenburg (Leno) of Newnan, Ga, Dorothy Steagall Smith of Stone Mountain, Ga; grandchildren: Stephen Gilmore Jr, Shyniece Smith, Sterling Gilmore, Adrionna McCoy, Amara Johnson, Curtis Johnson Jr, Colby Penn, great-grandchildren: Skylar Gilmore, Nikiyha Smith, Demarcana Smith and a host of special nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Visitation is from 10:00 am until 11:00 am, on Saturday, January 16, 2016, at the New Jerusalem Baptist Church, 26 W North Bend Road, Cincinnati (45216). Masonic Services at 11:00 a.m. The funeral service will follow the Masonic Services and will begin at 12 noon.

Interment will follow Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Previous Events

Saturday, January 16, 2016
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
New Jerusalem Baptist Church

26 West North Bend Road
Cincinnati, OH 45216

Masonic Rites
Saturday, January 16, 2016
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
New Jerusalem Baptist Church

26 West North Bend Road
Cincinnati, OH 45216

Funeral Ceremony
Saturday, January 16, 2016
12:00 PM
New Jerusalem Baptist Church

26 West North Bend Road
Cincinnati, OH 45216

Cemetery Details


Norman Chapel at Spring Grove Cemetery

4521 Spring Grove Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45232

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