Walter Leake

January 2, 1931December 25, 2012
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His "ship came sailing in on Christmas Day in the morning." A faithful husband, father, hero, and friend, Walter H. Leake, met his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Christmas morning. To ponder Walter's life, one must confess that "it's a wonderful life." If questioned, he was quick to minimize the impact of his life. Dare we ask, “What if Walter had never been born?” The meritorious valor that resulted in two Purple Hearts in Korea would not have occurred; 50 years of Christmas memories with a devoted and cherished companion would vanish; 40 years of faithful pastoral care would not have been performed; the embrace of his unconditional love would never have been felt by his children and grandchildren; and many of the glowing embers of love for God and country in his city, state and nation may not have been fanned into flame. Yes, we are glad you were born Walter because the magnitude of your impact will never be forgotten.

In case you were wondering, we thought we would share the secret of Walter's success. After committing his life to Christ in April of 1957, Walter consistently immersed himself in the Word of God; diligently studied the lives of honorable men; patiently devoted himself to the memorization of insightful verses and quotes; and allowed his strength to be formed in the heat of the fight as he courageously struggled to see the moral reformation of his culture. Those touched by his life will readily proclaim that Walter Leake was a Champion for Christ.

Walter is survived by his beloved wife Carol; four children (Ray and wife Carla of Florida; Sabrina and husband Scott of Wisconsin; Jon and wife Vickie of New Bern; and David and wife Angela of Wilmington); adopted son Dr. Richard Lynch of New Bern; 10 adored grandchildren; seven brothers and one sister of Oklahoma; and one sister of California.

As a parting thought, we will leave you with two of Walter's most often quoted remarks: "Only one life, twill soon be past, only what is done for Christ will last" and "He knows, He loves, He cares. Nothing this truth can dim. He gives the very best to those who leave the choice to Him."


  • Visitation Friday, December 28, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 29, 2012

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David Brown

January 9, 2013

Brother Leake
truly a man's man and one of the greatest Christians I have ever known. He was my pastor at one point in time in my life truly a blessing. May God continue to bless his family even though he is no longer on earth with us I can say with all my heart that day will come when I will see brother Leake again. He is already in glory and I am glory bound. Thank you brother Leake

Joan Bottcher

January 6, 2013

I met Mr. Leake through his involvement in the Pro-Life Chain of Life on Martin Luther King Blvd every October. He was dedicated to Life from conception to natural death. He was a devoted man to his family and community. I know that our Lord has welcomed Walter as a "good and honored soul" to, and through, the Heavely Gates of life ever lasting. My condolences to his beautiful family. Joan Bottcher

Bill and Sandra Baldree

January 3, 2013

May God Bless the family and comfort you during this difficult time. Walter was such a blessing to so many people and I thank the Lord that our paths crossed in this lifetime.

Senona Thomas

January 1, 2013

My dearest friends,
I will never forget the day that Pastor Leake stood before me and pretty much told me God has big plans for me in my life. As a child I didn't really get it. As an adult, I thank Pastor & Sister Leake for all their prayers and leadership in my life. I know that without them in my younger days I would not be here today.
I thank God for Pastor Leake, a man that never changed on his faith or his dedication to public awareness in politics. I thank him for all he did in my life and all he has done for me.
Today, I am a Pentecostal, spirit filled woman and I know that one day, we will meet again on the streets of glory, worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ.
My prayers are with the entire Leake family. Since you guys have grown so large I'm not going to name all of you but know, I love you and am praying that Jesus will hold your hands and your hearts during this time..

Connie Cook

December 31, 2012

Thank you for your service to the Lord and His people.

Tharesa Lee

December 28, 2012

A Hero of the faith; the patriach of his family and a great man of principle that served with honor and distinction both in the military and in the Craven County area. God has truly said well done to this great father, minister of the gospel, friend and our brother in Christ Jesus. We feel your loss but we also rejoice with you for a life well lived in the Lord. What an honor and privilege to have met such a man. Thank you for a legacy of faith. Our prayers are with you. Pastors Jimmie & Tharesa Lee

Elwood & Ann Groves

December 28, 2012

Carol, Ray, Sabrina, Jon, and David, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. What memories we all have of your Dad! Our family has been blessed to have known him.

December 28, 2012

was a good friend we will be praying for his family but one day we will see him again William & Kathy Fordham Fordham electrical

Keith Boulware

December 27, 2012

Walter was a real soldier in the Lord. He has received his well done my good & faithful servant. I will miss him now but I know I shall see him with my Lord.

Ronnie Lee

December 27, 2012

Ray, I was very sorry to hear about your dads passing. Our prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family at this difficult time.
Ronnie Lee