Lakin Izabelle "Izzi" Leach was born in Knoxville on Oct. 5, 2010. She was granted her angel wings on July 26, 2014.
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Her life was all too short, but those who were touched by her understood that the quality of her existence far exceeded the quantity of time in which she lived. She spread light and joy everywhere she went.Â Anyone who came in contact with her was won over within minutes and could not help but share a smile, a laugh and many hugs and kisses with her, as one was never enough. She always repeatedly said, "Another kiss and another hug." She was such a loving little girl, always wanting to please and give. She was all girl but also all tomboy. She was a daredevil at heart and loved to ride her four-wheeler. She would jump right back on any time she fell off with no fear or inhibition. Izzi loved spending time on the lake and wanted to take "her" boat out whenever possible. She enjoyed her summer trips to the beach and couldn't wait to get her sand bucket and toes in the sand. Her love for her sister Zoe was unsurpassed. They spent many hours together riding four-wheelers, tending to chickens and horses, painting nails and fixing hair. She spent many days at the racetrack with her father in her boots tracking around in the mud and putting smiles on people's faces. Izzi loved to sing and dance with her mommy. She would prance around her mommy's house in her dresses, twirling around and modeling as she sang her favorite song, "Pontoon," and danced. She loved wearing her mommy's makeup and always carried her lip gloss with her every day. She lived life to the fullest, always on the go and running wide open.
Izzi is survived by her father, Mark E. Leach, Heiskell, and her mother, Ashley N. Leach, Powell. She is survived by her sister, Zoe C. Leach, Norris. Her maternal grandparents are Billy Barry and Tiffney Williams, Harriman, and Jimmy and Irene McDaniel, Harriman.
Aunts and uncles include Kenneth Kinser, Powell, Elmon Leach, LaFollette, Arden and Louise Leach, LaFollette, Russell and Joyce Leach, LaFollette, Millard and Janet Summers, Halls, Wayne and JoAnne Leach, LaFollette, Mark and Cheryl McCoy, Oak Ridge, Britni Barry and Jacob King, Harriman, Nikki and Jake Jones, Harriman, Patsy and Rodney Rayder, Rockwood, Lori Barry and Richie Swafford, Harriman, Heather McDaniel, Rockwood, Courtney McDaniel, Rockwood, Becky Sensaboy Collins, Harriman, Jonathan Duncan, Harriman, Adam Duncan, Oakdale, Bryan Williams, Harriman, Eric Coulter McDaniel, Knoxville, Brian "Bski" and Sandra Karulski, Knoxville.
Special friends of the family include Michelle Leach, Terry Queener and Sarah Queener, Norris, Brian and Layla Hutson, Andersonville, Leslie Holmes and MaryJo Mattingly, Maryville, Heather Sharp, Andersonville, Robin Prater, Clinton, Makayla Sheppard, Knoxville, Scott, Ashley, Kaleigh and Jenna Loveless, Knoxville, Aleigha Pope, Harriman, Taylor and Saddie Swafford, Harriman, Emily and Katelyn Rayder, Rockwood, Tori and Caleb Jones, Harriman.
Izzi was predeceased by her paternal grandparents, Earl W. Leach and Chelsie L. Leach, Clinton; her paternal great-grandparents were Verlin and Emalee Leach, Speedwell, and Victor and Jessie Kinser, Oak Ridge. Her maternal great-grandparents were Clifton and Mary Bell "Bobbie" Barger, Harriman, William "Rabbit" and Mary Ruth "Ruthie" Barry, Harriman. Aunts and uncles include Eugene and Nancy Leach, Clinton, Faye Carroll, LaFollette, Christy Lynn Barry, Shirley Jean Kirby, Virginia Webb and Peggy S. Poland, all of Harriman.
Funeral service arrangements are as follows: The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31, in Antioch Baptist Church, Clinton, with funeral services to follow at 8 p.m., with the Rev. Marty Stooksbury and Brian Hutson officiating. Her burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Emory Heights Baptist Church Cemetery, Harriman.
Donors may send flowers to Holley-Gamble Funeral Home, Clinton, which is in charge of arrangements, or donations to Make-a-Wish Foundation in honor of Izzi Leach.
Holley-Gamble Funeral Home
621 S Charles G Seivers Blvd Clinton, TN 37716
Published in Roane County News from July 31 to Aug. 1, 2014