Leah Victoria Avril
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AVRIL, LEAH VICTORIA - age 18 of Sevierville, passed away from this life to be in the presence of her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, November 17, 2009. She was born on June 13, 1991. Leah was a Christian and a beautiful person inside and out. She loved her family and many friends. She was a 2009 graduate of Sevier County High School and was attending Walter State Community College. She had accumulated 12 college credits and was awarded numerous scholarships. She was preceded in death by; grandfather, Victor Boling; aunt, Barbara Jane Boling; great-grandparents, Rev. Marshall and Cora Parton, Isaac and Elzora Boling. Survived by: mother, Shirley Boling Sanders; father, Chris Avril; sister and brother-in-law, Amy and Jason Thomason; special adoring niece, Haley Thomason; Grandmother, Gladys Parton Boling; grandparents, Bill and Josette Avril; uncles and aunts, Jack and Lorene Boling, Sue and Jimmy Whaley, Joann and Steve Finchum, Roger Boling and Peggy, Bonnie and Tim Loan, Darlene and Ralph Stinnett, Darrell and Teresa Boling, Jason Avril, Lisa and Phil Savage; numerous cousins and friends. Funeral service 2 PM Sunday at First Baptist Church, Sevierville, with Rev. Leroy Parton and Rev. Scott Carter officiating. Interment will follow in Caton's Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends 4-8 PM Saturday at First Baptist Church, Sevierville. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. www.atchleyfuneralhome.com

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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Nov. 19 to Nov. 20, 2009.
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May 9, 2019
Just thinking about you today my friend. I miss the way you used to call me hunny rather than honey and your infectious giggle.
Tyler L
December 3, 2016
Leah on a photo shoot in the Great Smoky Mountains
Sweetest Leah, We will never forget you and your beautiful life. We are in the middle of your memorial toy drive and hope it is as successful as in the past. Our beautiful mountains have suffered an enormous loss this week from wildfires. So many other families will be coping with the loss of loved ones. Not an easy journey. Fly high with the angels....sweet Leah.
Aunt Jo
November 26, 2016
Did not know her very well. Thought we would let you & her know that we still remember and still think of her.The world will all ways feel the lose.
kendall & sandee (worked with chris)
November 17, 2014
Angel Dates are so hard!
Today marks 5 years you have been gone. Another sad milestone on this journey of grief. We miss you more and more every day. What a loss we experience daily. Our family is not the same without you. Missing and loving you forever. Always in my heart.
Aunt Jo
November 17, 2012
I have precious memories of you in my heart Always Love And Miss You. Uncle Roger and Aunt Peggy
Roger Boling
November 17, 2012
Leah loved the Vols!
Three long years have passed since God called you home, and we are still so heart-broken! The brightest smile was taken on Nov.17, 2009; our smile was dimmed forever... you left a great legacy even though you only had 18 years in which to build it...Always in our Heart!
Aunt Jo
August 17, 2012
Rest in peace you sweet sweet girl... God bless
June 14, 2012
Yesterday, June 13, was your 21st birthday. I am so sad you never lived on earth long enough to celebrate it with your family and friends. You will be forever sorely missed and deeply loved!
Aunt Jo
April 30, 2012
Love you and miss you cuz...
MaKenna Lewis
April 28, 2012
Sweetest Leah, We remember November 17, 2009 as a day of endless tears, and we will always mark April 27, 2012 as the day you got your Justice, however bittersweet. Our long journey of getting you Justice has been realized, yet our perpetual journey of grief is never-ending. We will always love and miss you more than words can describe...so glad your mamaw is still here to see this day..she tends you a flower garden by her front door, but we would much rather have you with us than little do-dads we find for your memory garden...Miss you so much~
Aunt Jo
November 17, 2011
There will be no crying there
Just wanted to let you know that you are in my prayers as the anniversary of Leah's Homegoing approaches. Since we hurt every minute of every hour of every day, I guess for some it is hard to understand how we could possibly hurt more. But we know. We know this pain that grows deeper yet keener as time goes by. We also know how much it means to us for others to remember. I did not know Leah personally but thank you for allowing me to know her through your heart. I pray our Lord blesses you abundantly with His comfort, His peace, His hope and, most of all, His love, in a very, very special way.
Yolanda Rogers
June 13, 2011
Happy Birthday Sweet Girl we miss you so much
February 4, 2011
i miss you auntie!
December 9, 2010
were going to get JUSTICE just for you (:
November 17, 2010
My beautiful baby cousin, Its been a year since you went to be with Jesus. We all miss you so much. I know there will be a day when we will all be together again. We look for your twinkling star everynight for you to shine down on us. We love you sweet angel girl.
Melissa Branton
October 8, 2010
Cole giving kisses to Leah
I think back to all my memories of you, and there are many. I remember your Birthday Parties, Easter with the bunnies, and the day you came to the house with tears in your eyes, and I held you. I miss you. We all do. You always brightened our day with your smiles. Keep smiling sweet girl.
BJ Whaley
October 7, 2010
tiffany dailey
September 23, 2010
its so crazy to think that you've been gone for almost a year now.. but whats even crazier is that i didn't really know you, i just saw you around school. But i think about you everyday, it brings a smile to my face. i can't wait to meet you in heaven, that will truely be one of the best days. my prayers go out to you and your family. take care leah.
September 22, 2010
<3, I may of not known her really well in school, but I adore her always. I miss her, I use to make fun of her in 1st grade, I always had a big crush on her. God, I wish I could hug you so bad Leah.. I miss you <3 I've always loved you. I'd look at you as you look towards me and I would look away <3. <333 MISS YOU
Trevor Elswick
June 17, 2010
Its been 7 months and we miss you more and more everyday. I bet your birthday party in Heaven was wonderful.
June 11, 2010
Teresa Cole
June 11, 2010
Teresa Cole
May 17, 2010
i miss you aunt leah!!!!!
May 16, 2010
My prayers are with you Shirley.
Randy Smith
May 15, 2010
Miss Leah,
You are so loved and missed. We really think and talk about you everyday. I wish you could be here to tell us what really happened that day. Monday will be 6 long months since you were sent to watch over us. Sweet memories and pictures are all we have. Please keep an eye on everyone and help your Momma get through this.
loveyou sweet girl.
April 28, 2010
I miss you
April 11, 2010
You were a beautiful person inside and out Leah.
Kelly Williams
March 25, 2010
Just so you know~ You're so popular here on earth. Your memory is ALIVE!
March 25, 2010
Leah girl you had such a life to live!! And you were full of life.. so happy and free! We miss you more than you could imagine.. you left an impact stronger than Ever. You were taken so young, and the tragedy is so unreal! Sometimes the pain subsides-that time must be when we're in your wings. Other times it hits harder than ever... Please spread your unconditional love that you shared with us here on earth. You will never be forgotten because you live on in So Many Hearts. I just wish it didn't happen. Thinking of good times we spent the summer after we graduated, a couple month before you went up to heaven, are some of the best memories that I'm thankful to have shared with you. You were the best friend anyone could ask for.. always so caring and looking out for the needs of your friends when you didn't even have to. Thanks for impacting my life. You are our *girl hero*. Forever 18 angel~ Loving you forever sweet sweet girl~ Can't wait to meet again in Glory Land<3
March 9, 2010
Leah, this still feels like such a nightmare. The days keep going on but your not here. Fall,Winter,and now Spring, but our beauty is forever faded without you. I miss you so much, not a day,an hour goes by that ur not in my thoughts. I am comforted by the thought that you are with God and that you watch over all of us that are left behind in this world. We will all be together in Heaven one sweet day. I love you my angel cousin.
Melissa Branton
February 23, 2010
Leah I miss you I miss you I miss you I miss you I miss you I miss you. How could this be?? You had such a life to live ahead of you, you were only 18 years young. Please God give Leah a hug for me in Heaven. Leah please spread your love and glow across the Heavens above.. You shined like the stars here on earth and now you shine like them in Heaven. You will always be a shining star, angel girl Leah.
February 6, 2010
we are keeping you in our prayers and we love you
autumn williams
February 1, 2010
Although i didnt know this family and their beautiful Leah, ..Blessed Be this Family Lord for they are suffering from this tragic loss. i pray you will help them through these hardships.. && whether justice be served in court or not we know father that it shall be served with you... my condolencses go out to you all and just know leah is watching over each and every one of you!

-By Passer of WV
Tricia Horn
February 1, 2010
It breaks my heart to see how bad everyone is hurting, but it also brings comfort knowing your in a much better place. I wish I could've gotten the opportunity to know you and talk to you. I'm so greatful to have seen such a beauty like you around SCHS.
Your family are friends are in my prayers, always.
Can't wait to meet you someday. :)
January 23, 2010
Leah, i knew you all through out Sevierville Middle School, and I've seen you in college. You were such a nice girl and i always loved talking to you I can't believe you are gone You are in a better place and maybe one day i will see you again, i will miss you forever in my heart. I love you. Your friend: Justin Wathen
Justin Wathen
January 13, 2010
What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch, we may not understand why such a precious angel here on earth was taken so soon. But you can be sure that Leah still lives in the beautiful memories she left behind and the many hearts that she touched. May you find comfort and peace in those memories and know that you will be reunited with your Angel Leah one sweet day for all eternity!Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. God Bless!
Kimberly~ Waylon's mom Kitchens
January 13, 2010
Leah, We miss you even more as the days go by. How could this happen to such a sweet and wonderful girl. We have a permanent memorial page for you you. If anyone wants to visit, the link is www.leahvictoria-avril.last-memories.com. You can copy and paste the address. We encourage you to visit this tribute to our precious Angel. Aunt Jo
Jo Finchum
January 9, 2010
Leah not a day goes bye that I don't think about you I miss you very much I miss that sweet voice and that great smile of yours.me and daniel just turn 19 I wish you could of been there you would have fun.tho we only had one date it was the best time ever and thank you for prom night love you always Douglas
Douglas Mcdaniel
January 2, 2010
Leah, This is your Aunt Jo. I just wanted you to know WE are never going to forget you, and we miss you terribly. I am so sorry you are gone! May God help us everyday to live with our loss, not by the day, but by the minuet, one minuet at a time. I love you so much! Another New Year another new day but the same old pain and sorrow.
November 29, 2009
i'm really sorry to hear about your loss but, she's in God's hands now and he will forever protect her i never knew her but, i know from all the other comments that she was a wonderful girl....i'm so sorry for your lose may got be with you and your family at the time of pain...God Bless Your Whole Family!!
November 28, 2009
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
November 25, 2009
Leah was a nice girl and she was nice to me for the short time that I knew her. I would talk to her everyday in our marketig class. I wish that her family and I could still talk to her and that her beautiful voice could be heard again. My condolences go out to her family during this sad time.
Chester Ronnie Lee Stinnett
November 25, 2009
Leah worked for us at the marble slab for only a short time. We never got to really know her, but could tell what a beautiful and kind soul she was. I hope she is in a place that we can only dream of. May you have peace and understanding that you will one day meet again! Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
The Tucker Family
November 24, 2009
My sweet precious niece Leah, Words cannot describe the devastation your leaving us has been. You were always ready and willing for any project I had going. I knew I could depend on you.You were the most beautiful person inside and out. God will get us through this because He said He would not put more on us than we could bear, but that doesn't mean our heart is not breaking right now. I just want everyone to know how loved and special you were to your family and what a loss this has been. Our lives will never be the same with out you. Forever eighteen. I loved you so much Leah, you were always ready to give a hug. I have sweet memories to help me heal with the help of the Lord. Oh! we all miss you so much! It was just a week ago you left us. Papaw Boling has waited in Heaven eighteen years to hold his baby girl. Did you tell him you were born on his birthday? And that your little niece was born on Auntie and Papaw's birthday too? Leah we will always cherish your sweet smile, kindness,and gentle spirit. You were so good to everyone. You were everyone's little princess and now our little princess has gone to see the KING. I love you so much, Aunt Jo
Jo Ann Finchum
November 24, 2009
Leah and I met through youth group when she was in middle school. She and I have maintained our friendship since then. I am truly shocked at this and just down right upset. But I do know that we may have lost someone dear to our hearts but God has definitely gained and amazing Angel. My prayers and love go out to everyone who has been touched by this situation.
Keep your heads up and look to the future because she really is in a great place now and the last thing she would want is us upset and not moving on. I know I will never forget her and will always keep her in my heart.
Stay Strong,
Victoria King
November 24, 2009
Amy, Jason, Haley, and Family,

You are in our prayers. I am thankful to have known Leah. She will remain in many hearts.

Jennifer, David, and Avery Williams
November 23, 2009
Although it is hard to remember at a time like this, just know that GOD is in control and he has the master plan. I did not know Leah but God knew her even before she was conceived and now she is at home with Jesus, he called her name. May God hold you close and give you the peace that only he can. Your family is in my prayers...
A prayer warrior for your family
November 22, 2009
Amy, Jason and Haley,
We know there aren't any words to take away the pain you have, but our family wants you to know that you are in our hearts and prayers. We know how close you were as a family and our hope is that your fond memories of Leah will give you comfort.
Connie Burkhart
November 21, 2009
Life is so short, and I just met you for the first time of the day, the day that you took your niece out to get her nails painted, but 5 hrs later you just GONE.... that's so sad when i heard some lady told me the story about you. I couldn't believed her at all, until I went home and read the news myself. I couldn't attend the services earlier, but i hope the best for your family. I know there's always the pain for them, and I just you to know that you are always in my heart

LEAH, I will remember you...
November 20, 2009
Chris, my heart broke when Lisa told me about your loss. It's been years since I last saw you. Lisa and I are still friends despite not seeing each other so much. I will continue praying for you. Caroline Combs
November 20, 2009
Tyler, Ashley, Ken and Kris Arutunian remember Leah fondly. There are no words when someone so young is taken suddenly. We will
remember the Avril family..and we will remember Leah's sweetness.
Arutunian Family
November 20, 2009
Amy, Jason, and Family,

I am so very sorry for your loss. I understand the heartache of losing someone so dear and beloved, and the tragedy of a young life being taken. These things are difficult to understand, but please take some comfort of a special angel watching over you. I pray for your strength and your continued faith.
Jan Ghorashi
November 20, 2009
We are so sorry for your lose! You will remain in our prayers.
Kim Nodurft
November 20, 2009
My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I have not seen you in many years, and I never met Leah. Still,learning of her abrupt passing breaks my heart. What a beautiful young lady she was! I will pray for you to find peace and strength.
Kristi (Agnew)Anderson
November 20, 2009
I didn't know Leah, but this has touched my heart. I am so sorry for your loss, but just looking at her beautiful face tells me she is in a better place, smiling down on you. I wish you peace and strength.
A friend
November 20, 2009
I was Leah's math teacher at SCHS. Even after I was her teacher, she would come by my room, she and Taylor G., and give me hugs and chat with me about her plans, ask me how I was, just a true ray of sunshine in my day when she did that!! I'll never forget her. She came in one day her senior year and asked if she and Taylor could take a picture with me to remember me by. I told her then, " I can't ever forget you." My prayers are with your family. I know that only the grace and love of Jesus will get you through this. It is my prayer that He be your Comforter today and always.
Glenda West
November 20, 2009
she was a wonder girl inside n out.. may god n u celebrate ur new life in the great gold gates of heaven.
ariel c
November 19, 2009
Chris, Jennifer and I will never forget all the fun times together. I am praying for you. All our love, Ronna & Jennifer
November 19, 2009
I didnt know Leah that well, but what i did know is that she always had a smile on her face... She will be GREATLY missed by everyone.. Her family and friends are in my prayers everyday.
Ashley Gibson
November 19, 2009
So beautiful and precious, God wanted to have her even closer to Him...

- Sister in Christ
November 19, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. So sorry for your loss.
November 19, 2009
Thoughts and prayers with family and friends. We too have a daughter this age and our hearts go out to you, can't imagine the pain. Leah was a beautiful young girl from her pictures glad she is in a much better place now and all her family and friends will be with her again one day. God Bless All of You. Your friends in Christ -
November 19, 2009
Avril was an amazing friend a girl could ask for.I miss you so much.Im sorry this happened, your in a better place now,girly.Your family is in my prayers.
Amrie Porter
November 19, 2009
So sad to hear about this. She is definitely in a better place. Praying for the family and friends.
November 19, 2009
Chris, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Leah from when she was younger, when you were dating my sister Ronna. She was such a sweet little girl. My heart is breaking right now. Trust in the Lord. You will see her again.

Robbie Price
November 19, 2009
I am so sorry for you loss. Your family will be in our prayers. Sonny & Penny Glandon
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