His "ship came sailing in on Christmas Day in the morning." A faithful husband, father, hero, and friend, Walter H. Leake, met his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Christmas morning, 8 days short of his 82nd Birthday. To ponder Walter's life, one must confess that "it's a wonderful life." If questioned, he was quick to minimize the impact of his life. Dare we ask, "What if Walter had never been born?" The meritorious valor that resulted in two Purple Hearts in Korea would not have occurred; 50 years of Christmas memories with a devoted and cherished companion would vanish; 40 years of faithful pastoral care would not have been performed; the embrace of his unconditional love would never have been felt by his children and grandchildren; and many of the glowing embers of love for God and country in his city, state and nation may not have been fanned into flame. Yes, we are glad you were born Walter because the magnitude of your impact will never be forgotten.
We thought we would share the secret of Walter's success. After committing his life to Christ in April of 1957, Walter consistently immersed himself in the Word of God; diligently studied the lives of honorable men; patiently devoted himself to the memorization of insightful verses and quotes; and allowed his strength to be formed in the heat of the fight as he courageously struggled to see the moral reformation of his culture. Those touched by his life will readily proclaim that Walter Leake was a Champion for Christ.
Walter is survived by his beloved wife, Carol; his children, Ray and wife Carla of Florida, Sabrina and husband Scott of Wisconsin, Jonathan and wife Vickie of New Bern, David and wife Angela of Wilmington; and adopted son, Dr. Richard Lynch of New Bern; ten adored grandchildren; seven brothers and one sister of Oklahoma; and one sister of California.
We invite you to come and join us as we celebrate the life of our beloved "hero of the faith." A Memorial Celebration will be held at Pleasant Acres Church in New Bern at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 29, 2012. The family will receive family and friends at Praise Assembly d/b/a e-Church (2790 Hwy 70 East, New Bern, NC) on Friday, December 28, 2012, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a Memorial Fund established in Walter's honor by Praise Assembly/e-Church, PO Box 3122, New Bern, NC 28564.
As a parting thought, we will leave you with two of Walter's most often quoted remarks: "Only one life, twill soon be past, only what is done for Christ will last" and "He knows, He loves, He cares. Nothing this truth can dim. He gives the very best to those who leave the choice to Him."
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.cottenfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home and Crematory.