Allen Scott Leath, 47, of Bedford, Va., died unexpectedly on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at Bedford Memorial Hospital in Bedford, Va., after a brief illness.
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Allen was born on Monday, June 20, 1966, in Winston-Salem, N.C.
A graduate of West Forsyth High School in 1984, he also graduated from Surry Community College in Dobson, N.C., with a degree in machine technology in 1986.
He worked in the machining industry prior to starting L&R Precision Tooling, Inc. in 1997. In 2011, he was voted the Region 2000 Entrepreneur of the year and was also recognized as a finalist for the Tayloe Murphy Resilience Award given by the Darden School of business of The University of Virginia.
A lover of nature and the outdoors, Allen was an avid deer and turkey hunter and a wildlife conservationist.
Allen is preceded in death by his mother, Laura Jean Leath.
Survivors include his father, Fred Leath of Galax, Va.; a brother, Clay Leath of Lewisville, N.C.; two sisters, Sherry Leath of Advance of N.C., and Ginger Moore and her husband, Jason of Mocksville, N.C.; beloved nieces and nephews, Troy and Lacey Moore, Josh, Amanda and Cody Leath; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Friends may call at Tharp Funeral Home, 220 Breezewood Drive, Lynchburg from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. The body will also lie in state and the family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at Woodlawn United Methodist Church, Woodlawn, Va. A graveside service will be conducted following the visitation at 2 p.m. at The Woodlawn Cemetery with Barry Kenny officiating.
The family would like to extend appreciation to Jackie Satterfield, Chris Coffey and Scott Mullins. Also, special thanks to all of the other employees, customers and suppliers of L&R Precision Tooling, Inc. and to the doctors, nurses and staff of the Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The
, 2840 Electric Road, Suite 106A, Roanoke, Va. 24018.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.tharpfuneralhome.com
Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.
To send online condolences to the family, visit: www.tharpfuneralhome.com
Published in Galax Gazette from Aug. 28 to Aug. 29, 2013
Tharp Funeral Home - Lynchburg
220 Breezewood Drive Lynchburg, VA 24502