Barbara A. Leach

Born: Mon., Jul. 7, 1952
Died: Sun., Jul. 29, 2018


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Aug. 06, 2018
Location: Prayer Tower Ministries Church of God In Christ

Funeral Service

7:00 PM Mon., Aug. 06, 2018
Location: Prayer Tower Ministries Church of God In Christ

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Barbara Ann Leach was born on July 7, 1952 to Ecoma Banks, Sr. and Bobbie Lee Reed Banks the third of 13 children to this union and 5th of 15 in all in Joliet, Illinois. She was reared in the Fairmont Community of Lockport, Illinois. She graduated from Fairmont Jr. High School in 1966 and from Lockport High School January 1970. Her first job was at Lenny’s Restaurant on South Chicago Street in Joliet, Illinois.  It was there, summer of 1969, where she met the love of her life, Melvin Leach after a two year courtship; they were married February 13, 1971.

In high school she studied on the business and secretarial track and decided to graduate high school a semester early to work at Joliet Federal Bank. She was one of the first Black women to be hired as a teller. She had a life-long career of working including Illinois Bell, volunteering at Catholic Charities in Joliet, Illinois, work at Borg Warner in Maywood, IL, Commonwealth Edison and Exelon Mobil, which is where she retired in 2008.

Barbara’s spiritual journey is reflective of a life covered by the hand of the Lord. She was reared at the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, where her father served as a Deacon. Growing up on Fairmount Avenue, she remembers having to walk past the Prayer Tower Church Of God In Christ and desiring to attend. During her courting talk with her father, she just wanted to attend the sanctified church. With his permission, that visit had a profound effect on the rest of her life. After marriage, her brother in law, Pastor Charlie Ray Tyes of Durant, MS witnessed to her. But the Lord visited her in the delivery room, December of 1974. And prior to giving birth to her 2nd child Melvin, Jr., she dedicated her life to Christ.

She served diligently and faithfully at Prayer Tower wearing many hats as a Sunday school teacher, aspiring missionary, prayer warrior and Prayer Tower Mass Choir Member. In 1998, her family became members of the Lively Hope COGIC, where she continued her ministry as the adult Sunday School teacher, a Choir member, licensed evangelist missionary, president of the missionary board and church mother, under the leadership of Pastor Frank and 1st Lady Beverly Edmon. She served in administration as a volunteer for the head start program in the Fairmont community, an award winning published poet and song writer, with “Does A Mother Have A Heart” at the Washington Library of Congress, all while being a hands on mother, wife, sister and friend.

Her resilience and determination to overcome the devil came full force when sickness overtook her body in 2005. She repeatedly fought back from numerous afflictions and consistently gave God the Glory. For she believed, “if He Doesn’t fix it, I know He’s able!” That faith alone won the admiration and respect from people all over the country.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ecoma and Bobbie Banks of Whatley, AL. She leaves to cherish a loving, devoted husband of 47 and 1/2 years, 9 children, Kesha, Melvin Jr, Naomi, Esther, Beulah, Joel, Andrew and his wife Trisha, Ruthie Mae and Miracle; five grandchildren Maurice Redmond Jr, Hannah Spivey, Nydrea and Nia Patterson, and Makhi; 2 god-children, Frank Edmon III and Erick Dorris; 10 sisters Bessie, Shirley, O’Drean, Mary (Donald Gore), Pastor Debra (Ray Mercer), Darlene, Carol, Oressia, Pamela (Kevin Cox), and 5 brothers Bruce, Ecoma Jr., Charles, David (Mary) and Fred Sr. (Shiela);  a sister in love, Beulah Leach Gater of Booneville, MS, and Brother in Love, Pastor Charlie Ray Tyes of Durant, MS. and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and extended family in the body of Christ.

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Pastor Kevin &Thelma Washington
   Posted Mon August 06, 2018
To Pastor Leach & Family,

Sorry to hear of 1st Lady, Mother Leach, passing. We know she lived to live again. Absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Family, Thank you for sharing her with us. She was loved by many, definitely, I am one of them! I admired her love for the Lord, her family, her core value, integrity, singing and compassion for people to be "Born Again" and yes the poetry! She will be greatly missed, but we will see her again! Family be encouraged, she fought a good fight, and held on until the end!! What a great women of God you had as an example of a wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother..etc.

Pastor Donnell Owens & Mother Berniece Owens
   Posted Mon August 06, 2018
From Pastor Donnell Owens & Mother Berniece Owens and the Entire Mt. Moriah Jehovah Jireh Church of God in Christ Family of Davenport, Iowa

To Pastor Leach & Family,

We the members of Mt. Moriah Jehovah Jireh Church of God in Christ wish to express our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your loved one, Missionary Barbara A. Leach. We thank God for Missionary Leach’s unselfish giving to the kingdom of God and living by the Word of God. Her life and what she has done to further the gospel will long be remembered. We believe that a mother and a grandmother are one of the single most important compasses in a person’s life outside of God and because of that, we celebrate her life and thank God for giving her to us for a season.

We can only imagine the depth of your pain and loss, as you journey in life without your loved one. We pray that the Almighty God will graciously grant you and your family a new revelation of His unfailing love and comforting presence. May His infinite wisdom, benevolence and majesty, and gracious mystery give you immediate relief, sustaining your healing process and provide you perpetual hope for the days ahead.

“ And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.” - Revelations 14:13

Prayerfully Submitted,

Donnell Owens, Pastor

Everline Barnard, Church Clerk

Friendly Neighbor
   Posted Tue August 07, 2018
We’re very sorry to hear about the lost of your dear love one. During this time we pray that Jehovah gives your family comfort during this this of grief and sorrow.
Find comfort in the bible scripture Revelation 21:4 where it says :
And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”You will be in our prayers.

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