Robert "Bob" Leach, Sr.
Honorable Robert W. "Bob" Leach, Sr., 81, of Greer, died June 30, 2014 at St. Francis Hospital.
Born in Greenville County in 1932, he was the son of the late Daniel P. and Viola Smith Leach, served his country in the patriotic tradition of South Carolina's sons in the United States Navy during the Korean War from 1950-1953 and was a veteran of the Unites States Marine Corps. Upon his return to South Carolina he attended Anderson College from 1953-1954 and then earned his bachelor's degree from Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri.
Bob served on the Greenville County Council from 1980 to 1996 and was its chairman from 1991 to 1992. He represented the citizens of House District 21 for twelve years and served on the Invitations and Memorial Resolutions Committee and on the Ways and Means Committee of the South Carolina House of Representatives. He was Chaplain for the Republican Caucus while serving in the House of Representatives.
He further served his community as a board member of the South Carolina Association of Counties and received the strength for his many duties as a member of Taylors First Baptist Church.
Surviving are his beloved wife, Marilynn Lee Leach of the home; two daughters, Nita L. Buechler of Greenville and Sharon L. Leitz of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; one son, Robert W. "Bobby" Leach, Jr. of Greenville; two brothers, Ted and Joe Leach both of Alexandria, Virginia; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Mr. Leach was predeceased also by one brother, Dan P. Leach.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Wood Mortuary conducted by Rev. Lindsay O'Rear and Rev. Daryl Hopkins Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery.
Visitation will be held 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Saturday at the Wood Mortuary.
The family is at the home of a daughter, Nita Buechler.
Memorials may be made to Taylors First Baptist Church, 200 W. Main St., Taylors, S.C. 29687.
Online condolences may be made at www.thewoodmortuary.com
The Wood Mortuary, Inc.
300 West Poinsett Street
Greer, SC 29650
Published in The Greenville News on July 4, 2014