Sanford Leon O'Neal, Sr., age 84, of Rome, passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at a local hospital. He was born in Rome on July 7, 1936, son of the late Marion Carroll O'Neal, Sr. and the late Eula Eva James O'Neal. He worked for over 49 years in the textile business and finished his career at Greenwood Mills in Lindale. He was a member of Woodmen of the World. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Ann Moore O'Neal, and his eleven brothers and sisters. Leon is survived by his faithful companion, Ethel Ball; his children, Diane O'Neal Clonts (Glenn), Sanford Leon O'Neal, Jr. (Sari), and Michael Anthony Ball (Traci); his grandchildren, Nathan Clonts (Taylor), Patrice Clonts, Michael Clonts (Rebecca), Christopher O'Neal (Marcy), Scott O'Neal (Misty), Mikaela Ball, and Carson Bricker (Elizabeth); his 5 great grandchildren and 3 great greatgrandchildren; several nieces and nephews. A private graveside service will be held at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens with Rev. Glenn Clonts officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital in Mr. O'Neal's memory. Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, Oaknoll Chapel, has charge of the arrangements.