David Alan Leach, age 63, of Williamsburg, Kentucky, formerly of Loveland, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at his home.
He was born on July 8, 1960, to the late Billy D. Leach and Perna Ruth (Fredericks) Leach in Jellico, Tennessee. His paternal grandparents were the late Joe L. Leach and Geneva (Jones) Leach. His maternal grandparents were the late Charles Fredericks and Beatrice (Siler) Fredericks.
Although David was born in Jellico, and spent the first three weeks of his life in Fairview, he grew-up in Ohio, where his parents had moved for better job opportunities. He spent 38 years in the greater Cincinnati area. David spent many of his summer vacations returning to the Fairview Community in order to teach Bible School at Fairview Missionary Baptist Church and to spend time with his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
David had a passion for photography. After graduating from high school, David went to photography school for two years. He did free-lance photography for three years from his home where he processed and developed negatives from 35 millimeter film and 2 ¼ film into black and white, and color prints from his darkroom in the “old-school” way.
His first job was at Sparky’s Photo Lab where he worked for five years. Next, he worked at Consumer Product Ink (CPI) where he worked for five years doing one-hour photo processing. Later, he worked at Target doing one-hour photo processing.
David’s parents had always planned to move back to their beloved Kentucky home. After their retirement, David and his parents moved back to Whitley County where his parents built their “dream-home” on David’s grandparents’ property.
When the house was nearing completion, David tendered his resignation at his job at the Target Quick-Print and moved to the new house and submitted an application for a job in the photo center at the new Super Walmart in Williamsburg where he was blessed to work for 24 years. He recently retired from Walmart and was given a big retirement party.
David also had a passion for riding roller coasters, attending car shows, working with model trains, collecting Cincinnati Reds memorabilia, and traveling. In fact, his travels took him to Italy, Venice, France, and England.
David was a longtime member of Fairview Missionary Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents and grandparents, he was preceded in death by two aunts, Sarah Fredericks, infant Mary Fredericks; six uncles, E. G. Leach, Earl Fredericks, G. L. Fredericks, Paul Fredericks, James Carl Fredericks, and infant J. B. Fredericks.
David is survived by two aunts, Anna Mae (Fredericks) Collins, of Augusta, Georgia, and Charlotte (Fredericks) Bays, and husband, Larry, of Loveland, OH; uncle, Charles Kelly Fredericks, of the Fairview Community, special cousins, Kathleen (Leach) Fredericks, R. L. Leach, Barbara (Fredericks) Bramlett, Sandra (Fredericks) Johnstone, Alice (Fredericks) Bowling, Shawn Fredericks, Chad Fredericks, Teresa Hoover, Paula Fearnow, Steve Fredericks, Renee (Collins) Stewart, and Lara (Bays) Anglin; his church family at Fairview Missionary Baptist Church, and a host of friends, neighbors, and other relatives to mourn his passing.
The family will receive friends for visitation on Friday afternoon, September 22, 2023, from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. at the Cox & Son Funeral Home Chapel.
The funeral will immediately follow on Friday afternoon, September 22, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at the Cox & Son Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Marshall Freeman, Pastor Ronald Wilson, and Bro. Larry Bays officiating.
Special singing will be provided by Mrs. Sandra Johnstone, Mrs. Alice Bowling, Mrs. Lara Anglin, Mr. Asher Freeman, and Miss Addie Freeman.
Interment will follow the funeral service in the Clearfork Baptist Church Cemetery located on Highway 1804 in Whitley County, KY.
Cox & Son Funeral Home of Jellico is in charge of all arrangements.
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