Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Latest on Leon

My good friend and yours, Leon Petite is out of surgery and in recovery. The surgeon told Leon's wife, Jennifer, that Leon did very well throughout the procedure. He should be headed to ICU in a bit, where he will remain for some time. Please pause and say a prayer of thanksgiving for this positive outcome and step in the right direction.


It will be a tough few days (or longer) ahead for Leon, his wife and their awesome children. I know they will appreciate your continued thoughts and prayers. 


Many of you came to know Leon from his 20 years as a reporter, especially during the time he spent covering Baldwin County, Al--- from top to bottom and every community in-between! His easy manner, likable approach and honest journalism made him a local favorite. We need more reporters like Leon. He is still missed on the airwaves, some 5 years or so since he decided to say goodbye to the world of TV news.


This past weekend, I was honored to be able to turn the microphone, so to speak, on Leon.  He wanted to share his story, and his faith, with you. Tomorrow, I will begin sharing with you video clips of that "interview," as he prepared for this bend in the road. You will be touched by that faith, as well as by his strength, his love for his family and friends, and his desire to encourage others rather than to focus on his own difficult situation. It's Leon Petite, at his finest!

15 comments:

  1. My prayers are with Leon and his family~ Tommy Green, Orange Beach, Al

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  2. Continuing to pray! Thank you Drexel for this blog. Randy & Kathy Wood

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  3. Thank you for creating this blog, Leon is an awesome person who I always enjoyed talking with when he was on "the beat". Prayers being sent up for you Leon and your family. Osa Brown

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  4. Keep the faith Leon. Will be praying for you and your family and praying for a speedy recovery. Steve Stewart

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  5. Thank You Drexel for Sharing..when you talk to him..tell Todd Posey said get well soon..hunting season is not that far off. Also tell him and Jenn we are praying for them..

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  6. Will continue to pray for Leon and his family.Hope his recovery goes will and his outcome is good.He is blessed to have so many people that care a great deal of him.God loves you!

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  7. Keep the faith Leon! We are praying for a swift recovery and you and your son and that you both will stay cancer free. Thank you Drexel for keeping his fans updated.

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  8. We're praying and pulling for Leon. What a gem of a guy. As spokesman for Baldwin County Schools, I worked with Leon every day for a long time. Leon always got his story, either with us or elsewhere, but never offended his "sources" - in fact, they were like gold to him. That's the reason the cops called Leon to see which way the cigarette thieves and bank robbers went - he was there first and folks confided in him. Gem of a guy.

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  9. God Bless You Leon!

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  10. May God put his hands on you and your family to help you get thru this trying time!!

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  11. My thoughts and prayers are with Leon and his family

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  12. My family is praying for Leon and his family. God bless all of you!

    your high school classmate,
    nancy butts

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  13. Madeleine PetiteMay 16, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers. My family really apperciates it!

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    1. We love you and your family Madeleine!

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    2. Looking forward to those interviews, Drexel. Leon is a special person and a great family man.

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