Leo Irvin Leake
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at First Baptist Church of Columbia for Leo Irvin Leake, 96, of Columbia, who died on Sunday, April 28 in Meridian. Burial followed in Woodlawn Cemetery. Dr. Bryant Barnes officiated at the services.
He was born in Wilkinson County on June 18, 1922, to Sam and Jane Leake. He attended Pearl River Junior College and after serving in the military during World War II, pursued a degree at Mississippi State University. He married Camille Quin in Columbia. After working in Cleveland and Clarksdale, they came to Columbia where he was a postal clerk for many years. He was an active member of First Baptist Church, taking leadership roles which included serving as deacon and Sunday School director.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; five brothers, Oscar Leake, Johnnie Joe Leake, Sam O. Leake Jr., Kenneth Leake and Clyde Leake, and three sisters, Lula Mae Leake, Huldah Jane Massey and Zadie E. Branyon.
Survivors include his two sons, Raymon Leake (Gloria) of Meridian and Donald Leake (Deborah) of Mantachie; one daughter, Regina Allen of Columbia; six grandchildren, Jennifer Kasselman (Heath) of Enterprise, Benjamin Leake (Shea) of Meridian, Amy Johnson (Daniel) of Clarkdale, Jonathan Allen (Stephanie) of Boone, N.C., Joel Allen (Sarah) of Kalispell, Mont., and Juliana Price (Judd) of Vanceboro, N.C.; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Heath Kasselman, Benjamin Leake, Jonathan Allen, Daniel Johnson, Joel Allen and Judd Price. Honorary pallbearers were First Baptist Church deacons and the Hugh Dickens Sunday School Class.
Family and friends may sign an online guestbook at www.hathornfuneralhome.com.
Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia was charge of the arrangements.