WAYCROSS — Mrs. Leona Pearl Sweat, 86 of Waycross, died early Wednesday, March 24 at her residence after an extended illness. Mrs. Sweat was born in St. Augustine, Fla., to the l a t e Lawrence Rodenbaugh and Linnie Rodenbaugh. She had made Waycross her home for the majority of her life. Mrs. Sweat served her family as a loving and dedicated homemaker, and was a member of University Boulevard Church of God. Her life was centered around her family, and she loved every minute she was able to spend with her children and grandchildren. Along with her parents, Mrs. Sweat was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Harley Leon Sweat; two grandsons, Eddie Lawrence Sweat, Jr., and Timothy Sweat; one great-great-granddaughter, Kadence Howard; one great-great-grandson, Browning Cady; three brothers, Raymond Boyd, Frances Rodenbaugh, Curtis Rodenbaugh; and one sister, Rosa Lee Rodenbaugh. Mrs. Sweat is survived by 10 children, Rosa Lee Sweat Conners of Waycross, Marvin Ernest Sweat and his wife Darlene of Nahunta, Leon Harley Sweat, Jr., of Waycross, Eddie Lawrence Sweat and his wife Sonya of Waycross, Billy Joe Sweat of Waycross, Linnie Marie Sweat Smart and her fiance. Jerry Holmes of Knoxville, Tenn., Rita Carol Sweat Conners and her husband Michael of Marion, N.C., Ima Jean Sweat Hineline of Waycross, Steve Allen Sweat of Waycross, Johnny Earl Sweat and his wife Candice of Patterson; 30 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Buddy; two sisters, Lora Mae and Bonnie; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. A private family graveside service was held Friday, March 27 at Victory Methodist Church Cemetery in Manor. Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com. Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.