Cecil E. Leach of Winter Garden, Florida went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 25, 2014.
He was preceded in death by his parents Cecil E. Leach, Sr. and Alice J. Leach of Starke, Florida.
He is survived by his wife Linda D. Leach, his son Chad Leach Renee of Winter Garden, Florida and daughter Kristin Leach of Texas. Cecil is also survived by his four grandchildren, Michael, Grace, Sarah, and Kyle sisters Linda Lewis of Starke, Florida, Marie Green of McClenny, Florida, Faye Mullinax Jeff of Gainesville, Florida, Joann Shadd Allison and Donnie Bennett Donald of Raiford, Florida, many nieces and nephews and his little dog, Jasper.
Cecil was born in Starke, Florida in December of 1942. He graduated from Bradford High School in 1961 before joining the United States Army. He served overseas in Okinawa, Japan until he was honorably discharged in 1964. He went on to serve in the U.S. Army reserve and the National Guard. He moved to West Orange County in 1975 and worked for Florida Rock and Tank Lines, and CW Trucking in Winter Garden before starting and successfully operating his own trucking company before retiring in 2010. While raising his family he was an active member in the community coaching and umpiring Little League Baseball and Pop Warner football in Ocoee. Besides spending time with family, Cecil enjoyed spending leisure time fishing, and reading about military history. Cecil was also a devoted Florida Gator fan for most of his life, and he loved to spend fall Saturday afternoons watching his Gators play in the Swamp.
Cecil was a member of First Baptist Central Florida. Services will be held graveside at the Winter Garden Cemetery on Friday, October 3, 2014, 2pm with military honors. Pastor Everette Eastham, Jr. will be officiating. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Cecil Leach Family Memorial fund at Fairwinds Credit Union in Winter Garden. Proceeds from the fund will be used to care for Cecils granddaughter whom he and his wife Linda are legal guardians.