OBITUARY

William Owen Leach Jr.

February 14, 1938October 15, 2013

Leach, Mr. William Owen, Jr., 75, passed away on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at home surrounded by family. He was the son of the late Col. and Mrs. Owen Leach. He is survived by his wife, Joan Dickson Leach; children, Sally (Todd) Wilder, William (Nicole) Leach, and Jodie (Charlie) Hicks; grandchildren, Caroline, Claire, and James Wilder; Rae and Anna Leach; Owen, Sarah Slater, and Ansley Hicks; sister-in-law, Dele (Ron) Cannon; and several nieces and a nephew. Mr. Leach was a graduate of Georgia Tech, President of Gadsden Heating and Sheet Metal, and President of Leach and Company. He also served as President of the Gadsden Rotary Club and the Gadsden Country Club. In addition, Mr. Leach served on the Board of Directors of Westminster Christian School and Life of Alabama. His greatest source of pride was his family and 52 happy years of marriage. Pallbearers are Johnny Wetzel, Nick Brown, Johnny Floyd, Alan Loveman, Gordon DeMasi, Curtis Wright, Frank Helderman, Jr., and Bob Crabtree. Honorary pallbearers are the employees of Leach and Company. Special thanks to Dr. Vincent Valentine, Gisele Lombard, Margaret James, and Penny Wagner of the UTMB Transplant Program, the Bible Study at Covenant Fellowship Church, and the employees of Alacare. Visitation will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Thursday, October 17, 2013, from 10am-12pm with service to follow officiated by Rev. Harvey Beck and Dr. R. Gary Ashley. Burial will be at Forrest Cemetery. Collier-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services is directing. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.collier-butler.com.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, October 17, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 17, 2013
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William Owen Leach Jr.

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Ron Pharr

October 18, 2013

Dear Mrs. Joanie,

I am saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Bill. He gave a young Auburn college graduate a chance years ago and taught me a lot about the steel business. I will forever be grateful for that opportunity in helping me get where I am today with my own company. We will be praying for you guys in the days ahead and as I told Wiliam this morning " ASNF- a son never forgets"!

Ron, Angela & Family

October 18, 2013

Joanie,

Richard and I are deeply saddened to hear of Bill's death. He was a favorite of both of us, and we wish we were in town to stand with you and offer comfort and support. You have been a loving and courageous wife to Bill.

Love,

Sharon Littleton Carter
Richard Carter

October 17, 2013

Dear Joanie,
My prayers are with you and your family.
Much Love,
Beth Ludlum Mabey

Gene & Danna Dean

October 17, 2013

I have known the Leach family for many years and am going to miss Bill. I hope God will bless the family. I am sure that William will carry on the tradition of the family and Joanie has many great memories.

October 17, 2013

Dear Joanie and Family,
I was so sorry to hear about Bill. My prayers are with all of you. I know you are going to miss him, however God will give you strength. You are one of the sweetest people I have ever met. I have loved getting to know you better through "Way of the Cross". God Bless you and your family .
Love in Christ,
Sherry Young

Debbie & Don Hiltz

October 17, 2013

Joanie,

Our deepest sympathy is with you and your family at this difficult time. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Terri Walley

October 17, 2013

Joanie, so sorry for your loss, I always remember my times at Gadsden Heating with fond memories. You and your children will be in my prayers.

Bobby Alverson

October 17, 2013

My family and I are so saddened to hear of your loss. It was my pleasure to work for Mr. Leach for over 25 years at Gadsden Heating & Sheet Metal Company. He was a good man and I know he will be missed greatly. I tried to come to the church today to pay my respects in person but am no longer able to climb stairs; however, please know that your family is my thoughts and prayers.

Jackie, Chip & Todd Ryan

October 17, 2013

We are remembering all of the good times with Bill - he will truly be missed. We are sorry for your loss and will keep the entire Leach family in our prayers.

maryanne burchfield

October 17, 2013

Joanie, I'm sorry for your loss.