Irving Leeds
1929 - 2020
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Irving Leeds

Knoxville - Irving Leeds, age 91, passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at home. Irving was born on July 21, 1929 in Knoxville, Tennessee to Abraham and Rose Leeds.

Irving was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Korean War. He attended the University of Tennessee and graduated from the University of Miami in Florida. He returned to Knoxville and founded Leeds Homes with his older brothers. Later in his career he started Expressway Furniture Company and Dutch Valley Antique Mall.

In addition to his fondness of antiques, he loved travel, good food and politics. He and his wife Carol traveled the world extensively. He continued to travel with family until his death.

He was preceded in death by his parents as well as his wife Carol Lee Leeds, his brothers, Sol Leeds (Bella) and Joseph Leeds (Shirley).

Irving is survived by daughters Allison Sexton (Bob) and Gina Fein (Noel); sons Roby Wray (Angie) and Matt Wray. He is also survived by granddaughter Jennifer Sexton Carson (Nick) and great- granddaughter Avery Lynn Carson and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, November 23, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Berry Highland Memorial Gardens at 5315 Kingston Pike in Knoxville, Tennessee 37919. Pastor Joe Harris is officiating the service.

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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Nov. 20 to Nov. 23, 2020.
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November 24, 2020
Irving was a good man. He helped so many of us who worked for him. He had a rare work ethic which provided well for him and his family. My husband, Mike Turner, and I considered Irving our friend.
Our lives were enriched by this friendship.
God bless Allison and Gina. Rest well, Irving, you've earned it.
Karen Burchfield-Turner.
November 23, 2020
Allison and Gina, your Dad was a very special man and everyone will miss him. I have found memories of Irving. He told wonderful stories and was very good to my Dad. I know you are supported by your family and friends.
I'm praying for you and all of your family.
Ellen Friedman
November 22, 2020
I liked Irving. He was a good man. My condolences to his family.
Frank stark
November 22, 2020
So appreciative and respectful of Irving for helping me when it was most needed. Thank you for giving me a good job training me helping me in my early years. Rest in peace and thank you and Sol also.
Richard Arnold
November 21, 2020
Irving was a truly good person who helped many people along the way. I will miss him, but his memory will be forever. Condolences to his family to be strengthened and comforted.
Leonard Landis
November 20, 2020
So sorry to hear about your passing. I am grateful that you were in my path of life for a period of time. May you rest in peace. You will be missed by co-Workers, friends and family. Prayers for all who loved you.
Ersie Goins
November 20, 2020
Sorry for your loss, will be praying for your family
Ann Lane
November 20, 2020
So sorry to hear of my Uncle Irving's passing. He has always been such a nice man and was such a good friend and cousin to my daddy, Joe. My love and condolences to Allison and Gina.
Jamie Stewart
November 20, 2020
I'm so sorry to hear of "Uncle" Irving's passing. He was always one of my favorite uncles, though I didn't get to see him very often. I will say prayers for you all
Brenda Fitz
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