Leon Whitney, a longtime Columbia resident died at Howard County General Hospital on July 11, 2014. He was 77. Born January 12, 1937 in Baltimore, Maryland, served in the Army, received a BS in accounting from Univ. of Baltimore and in 1968, was among the first African-American C.P.A.s in the state. After working for corporations, Leon established his own private practice and forty-five years later was semi-retired at the time of his death. Leon is survived by Yvonne, his wife of 55 years; children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, brothers and other close relatives and friends. Funeral services were held on July 23, 2014 and Leon Whitney was laid to rest at Garrison Veterans Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Paul’s Place Project 1118 Ward Street, Baltimore, MD 21230 (410) 625 – 0775 in memory of Leon Whitney.