Robert Ray Leake

Published 12:00 pm Tuesday, January 19, 2016

TUPELO — Robert Ray Leake, 72, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at Coleman Funeral Home with Bro. Randy Hope and Bro. Randy Bain officiating. Interment will be in the Abbeville Cemetery. Visitation will be held today from 5-8 p.m. at Coleman Funeral Home in Oxford, which is in charge of arrangements.

Born in Lafayette County, he had lived most of his life in this area. He worked for many years as an auto parts salesman and had operated several businesses. The Golden Shaft was a business he owned in Oxford where he taught archery and also had owned an archery range in Ripley. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing. Having a loving, kind and forgiving nature, he never met a stranger. Spending time with his wife and family, who he loved very much, gave him much pleasure. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Abbeville.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by stepson Jeff Keel.

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Survivors include his wife, Nancy Taylor Leake of Abbeville; a son, Jay Leake of Oxford; a stepdaughter, Carolyn Mardis of Abbeville; a brother, Charlie Mack Leake of Metairie, Louisiana; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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