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Edward “Eddie” Leachman

Nov. 22, 1948 – Jan. 8, 2020

 

NATCHEZ— Graveside services for the quick witted and ever funny Edward “Eddie” Leachman, 71, who died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Natchez National Cemetery under the direction of In Their Honor of Jasper Funeral and Cremation in Jasper, Georgia.

His life was as interesting as his jokes, which can’t be covered in an obituary.

Born Nov. 22, 1948, in Ruston, Louisiana, the son of Jim C. and Clarice Leachman, he spent his young years in Natchez.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and recipient of the Bronze Star Medal with the first of the 50thMechanized Infantry Division. After Vietnam, he earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. He retired after 30 years with the Corps of Engineers as park manager of Degray Lake. He also had a small shrimp business, cleaning business, worked as an oil company land man and owned a bar throughout the years.

Eddie was one of the best grillers around and he never could resist an animal in need which resulted in a number of family pets. He was also very kind to strangers and took it upon himself to help people in need without being asked. He taught his children his love of the outdoors, animals, compassion to help strangers, cooking and entertaining. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren, and spending time with friends.

He moved on to his new adventure peacefully surrounded by loved ones.

Eddie was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Jim C. Leachman and Johnny Leachman; and one sister, Sharon Leachman.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Tara Leachman; one daughter, Katherine “Katy” Becker and husband, Justin; one son, Henry “H.F.” Leachman and wife, Nicole; and three grandchildren, Henry Joseph Becker, Elizabeth Quinn Becker and Connor Wyatt Leachman.