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James “Jim” Lexter Leach, 101, of Owensboro, passed away Friday, February 10, 2023 at the Heartford House while under the care of Hospice of Western Kentucky. The Ohio County native was born September 18, 1921, to the late Minnie Bell and Willie Edgar Leach. He graduated from Fordsville High School where he played on the varsity basketball team. He was a Naval World War II veteran. Later, he worked and retired from G.E.
He and his wife, Joyce Hillard Leach, owned and ran many antique booths, and was also a realtor. Jim was best known as the owner and photographer of J.L. Leach Photography, making photographs of 100’s of weddings, school class photos, and dance recital pictures. Jim was a charter member of Lewis Lane Baptist Church.
His hobbies included traveling, photography, going to auctions, real estate ventures, and UK basketball.
Along with his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sisters, Velma Miller, Myrtle Mayer, Lorene Wright, and Anna Mary Leach.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Joyce Hillard Leach; his daughter, Jamie (Barry) Johnston; and many nieces and nephews.
Services are private.
Care by Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Heartford House c/o Hospice of Western Kentucky 3419 Wathens Crossing Owensboro, KY 42301.
Memories and condolences for the family of Jim Leach may be left at www.glenncares.com
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