CHARLOTTE, N.C.-Charles C. Leonard Jr., former co-owner and president of Parrish & Leonard Tire Co., died May 1 in his home in Charlotte from fibrosis of the lungs. He was 75. Mr. Leonard joined the Army during World War II and ran a tire retreading plant in Europe for Gen. George Patton's Third Army and Gen. Bernard Montgomery's Eighth Army.
In 1956, he co-founded L*&*N Tire Service in Charlotte with Lucian Nicholson. The firm changed its name to Parrish & Leonard Tire in 1990 when Mr. Leonard bought out Mr. Nicholson and formed a partnership with Parrish Tire Co., which then bought out Mr. Leonard in 1993. He stayed on as a sales manager until his death.
Mr. Leonard was an NTDRA board member and served as association president in 1975-76. He was involved in the NTDRA's Tire Retreading Institute and also was a chairman of the Tire Retread Information Bureau (TRIB).
Mr. Leonard is survived by his wife, Catherine, three sons and two daughters.