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October 9, 2021
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Leonard Lafayette Carmichael
November 20, 1934 - October 9, 2021
Leonard (June) was born at Mercer Hospital in Trenton, NJ on November 20, 1934 to the late Lafayette Carmichael and the late Janie Page Carmichael. He was educated in the Trenton Public School System.
Following graduation from TCHS in 1953, based upon his outstanding architectural drawing skills that were seen during high school, he was recruited by the college to become a student, first as he was finishing school and then again a few years after he was working. He declined both times because he chose to put his family responsibilities first. He worked for Peter James Upholstery, Fairless Hills Steel Mill and Shuren Upholstery. He maintained a lifelong side upholstery business from home, later creating a storefront business named C & G Upholstery. He was a technically and creatively talented upholsterer and designer. He also served in the Army National Guard.
He was an avid basketball player, competing in local gyms, including Carver Center. He also was a member of Semi-Pro basketball teams that played up and down the East Coast utilizing excellent skills both as a team leader and a team member.
Leonard loved having cookouts at his home for all his family and friends. He loved dance music and DJ’ed on the side during the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s at local parties. He also attended cabarets, parties, and musical events at the Trenton Civic Center, the War Memorial, the Latin Casino, Penns Landing, Fairmount Park and many other area venues. He was an outstanding roller skater. He organized bus trips for youth and adults to the rinks within the 30 mile radius.
From the time of his father’s death he was the family linchpin, keeping everyone together and thriving. An amazingly supportive son, brother, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, uncle and great-uncle. He could be consistently depended upon by family, friends, employers and church. He attended Galilee Baptist all of his life.
In addition to his parents, Leonard (June) was predeceased by his sisters H. Victoria Cassel, and Helen C. Evans and his brothers LeRoy, Edward and Harold Carmichael. Surviving Leonard are his: wife Teresa Armstrong; daughter Caren D Carmichael, son Leonard L (Len) Carmichael II (Megan Malloy), step-daughter Dana Solomon and step-son Miles Armstrong; grandchildren Keysha Preston and London E. L. Carmichael; great-grandson Keyshawn Preston; sister Janie L. Butler; sister-in-laws Carolyn A. and Eva Carmichael and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family, and other friends.
Funeral service will be 11am Friday, October 15, 2021 at Galilee Baptist Church, 440 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd,, Trenton, NJ 08618. Calling hour will be 10am until the time of service. Interment will be at Fountain Lawn Memorial Park, Ewing, NJ. Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home.