John Harold Leach

March 7, 1921 ~ June 18, 2007

John Harold Leach, age 86, of Wellington Place in Johnson City, died June 18, 2007, at his residence. Harold was a lifelong resident of Johnson City. He was the son of the late Porter Paris and Margaret Huskins Leach. He was preceded in death by a brother, James Kyle Leach, and a sister, Lucille Leach Gough. Harold was a member of Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church. Harold, along with his brother, Kyle, owned and operated Leach Motor Company for over 35 years. They received the Dealer Merit Award as one of the oldest American Motor Jeep Dealers in the United States. As the premier Jeep dealer in the area, Harold formed the East Tennessee 4-Wheelers' Club. With a passion for music, Harold served as the volunteer music director at Tacoma Church of God in his early years, and then later at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. He received recognition from the Veterans Administration for his hours of service, providing volunteer choirs for Sunday night singing. Harold sang in several gospel quartets throughout his life. His quartet, The Melody Men, appeared regularly on local radio and television. Harold loved barbershop music, as well, and sang several years with the Song Masters. In 1984, he formed the Musical Voices choir at the Johnson City Senior Citizens' Center, frequently performing at area churches. Harold and his wife, Betty, enjoyed square dancing with the Johnson City Grand Squares and trailer camping with friends. He was an avid golfer, organizing foursomes until his early 80's. In 1963, Harold headed the league champion, Leach Motor Company bowling team. He also loved bird watching, gardening, and family traditions. Never meeting a stranger, Harold's trademark was his sense of humor and friendly disposition. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Elizabeth Ann "Betty"? Fox Leach; two sons, John Jerome Leach and wife Phyllis of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Brent Tyler Leach and wife Amanda of Johnson City; one daughter, Jana Leach Williams and husband Jim of Johnson City; nine grandchildren, Kimberly Leach Monroe and husband Ken of Gastonia, North Carolina; John Eric Leach of New York City; Jarrod Bradley Leach and wife Suzy of Greensboro, North Carolina; James "Jay"? Julian Williams of Atlanta, Georgia; Justin Fredrick Williams of Johnson City; Jana Elizabeth Williams of Nashville, Tennessee; Andrew Tyler Leach, Jonathan Brent Leach, and Holden Barrett Leach of Johnson City; and five great-grandchildren, Coleman Sutton Monroe, Meredith Lorraine Monroe of Gastonia, North Carolina; Lucianna Susan Leach, Alexandra Pamela Leach, and Lilianna Bradley Leach of Greensboro, North Carolina; two nieces, Gayle Leach Heaton of Elizabethton, Tennessee and Joanna Gough Lee of Springfield, Missouri; and one nephew, Joseph Gregory Leach of Wilmington, North Carolina. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Wellington Place and Adventa Hospice for their exceptional care.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Betty this Chasity from JC Senior Center from FTHRA -(Home Bound Meals) Nutrition Coordinator. I’m so sorry for your lost. My prayer’s go out to you and your family. May god give you the strength to get though this and comfort you and your family in this time of need. Sincerely, Chasity Roberts

  2. Anonymous says:

    Betty, We were extremely sorry to hear about your loss. Jim had known Harold for a long time. He got to know him when Harold owned the car dealership and Jim worked at Giant Wholesale and took the Young’s cars to be serviced. He always spoke very highly of him. I didn’t get to know him until we bought the villa close to yours at Hidden Mountain. He was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed by you and your children and all who knew him. You are certainly in our thoughts. VELMA OXENDINE

  3. Anonymous says:

    Brent, sorry to hear of your sad loss, hope that memories of happier times, will help you and your family through this sad time, your friends at Mountain View

  4. Anonymous says:

    Dear Betty and family, I am so sorry to hear of Harold’s passing. Some of my fondest memories of him are walking the 8th and 9th fairways of the Mt. View Golf Course in Erwin, right across the street from the family home. We would laugh and cut up and I just adored him. What a wonderful,warm, and sparkling personality !!! That is the way I will always think of him. He will be surely missed by all who knew and loved him. My prayers are with you all. Love Jennifer

  5. Anonymous says:

    Dear Betty, So sorry to hear about Harold. Please know we are thinking of you and wish you the very best. WE have a lot of fond memories of you and Harold. Bobby & Joenell

  6. Anonymous says:

    Dear Betty, Jana and John and Brent, Mother & I were so sorry to hear that Harold had gone on to be with God but can’t you just imagine the singing that went on the moment he joined all the rest of them just waiting for him. Some people make an impact on you for the rest of your life and Harold was one of those people. Neither of us knew a nicer, kinder man than Harold and we are all very lucky to have known him. I will always remember how he loved to tease me about my name because he knew how much I hated it. And I’ll never forget at Bobby’s memorial how he remembered that which really made me feel special. Jana, I remember how I felt when Dad went on to be with God but I knew he was finally out of his misery and no more sickness and I know you feel the same way. When Bill McCampbell died the 1st thing Ann said to me was “they’re all up there together now” and that is how I feel now that Harold has joined them. Prayers are with all of you and we are so sorry we will not be able to be there on Sat. I have had plans to be out of town for quite some time and Mother is having a lot of trouble with her legs and shoulder. We love all of you very much. Connie Wright

  7. Anonymous says:

    Well, Betty, I am so sorry to not be with your family at this time. Harold was always fun and I had some experiences because of the Leaches that I would n ot have had. My first trip to Florida was with Kyle and his family to see the grandparents. Kyle and Harold were so patient with me to teach me to water ski. I remember fondly Saturday nights with our families and picnics at Watauga Lake and the Laurels. I could go on forever about the good memories that I have.(won’t mention the chicken episode)I certainly will be thinking of you all this week and trust that Preston is giving you all of the attention that you deserve. With love for all of you, Harriet aka Horrible

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