The Messenger. 01.22.08
Coy Thomas Leake, 75, of Ridgely died Jan. 21, 2008, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ridgely First Baptist Church, with burial following there in New Haven Cemetery.
The Revs. Clayton Mahan and Richard Bragg will officiate and pallbearers will be his grandson, Patrick Leake, and James Robert Leake, Robert Crittenden, Barry Casteel, Byron Wyrick, Jay Crittenden, Matt Hayes and Jared Hayes.
Friends may call at the church after 5:30 this evening.
Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He was born in Lake County April 12, 1932, son of the late James Alexander and Florence (Turner) Leake. He was a retired videographer and photographer who had been the founder and newscaster for Lake County Channel 2 TV station. He was also a Lake County road commissioner and a former Ridgely alderman. A retired master barber, he had been a businessman engaged in Mar-Lek Sportswear in Ridgely. He was also a private pilot, a member of the Bogota Hee-Haw charity group and a former volunteer firefighter, as well as a member of Ridgely First Baptist Church.
Survivors also include his wife, the former Mildred Fowler; his daughter, Suzette Marie (Leake) Simmons of Ridgely; three sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy Thomas and Debbie Leake of Tiptonville, Jason Joel and Amy Leake of Newbern and Alan Wayne and Sandy Leake of Stone Mountain, Ga.; four sisters and two brothers-in-law, Alma Ruth Wyrick of Chicago and Grace and Clyde Casteel, Barbara and Bill Marvin and Brenda Crittenden, all of Ridgely; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Kerry and Joan Leake of Olive Branch, Miss., and Charles Leake and Tony and Wanda Leake, all of Ridgely; 10 other grandchildren, Kayce Leake, Laura Beth Leake, Jill Simmons, Leanne Simmons, Alli Thrasher, Kady Beth Leake, Bailey Leake, Elisabeth Leake, Emma Leake and Alexander “Alec” Leake; and four great-grandchildren, Bryceton Bunch, Lilly Grace Petty, Robert Hunter Coats and Harley Windsor.