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Thomas Leak Jr.

June 25, 2021

Obituary

Graveside services for Mr. Thomas Leak Jr. "Tommie" of Jamaica, New York will be held on Saturday July 3. 2021 at 11:00 am at the Piney Grove A.M.E. Church Cemetery 3425 Fish Hatchery Road Gaston, South Carolina. There will be a viewing on Friday from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Pearson's Funeral Home 4508 N. Main Street Columbia, South Carolina. Born in Wadesboro, N.C. on February 8, 1949, to the late Bennie Leak, and Mrs. Mary Ross Sturdivant Leak. Tommie was the second oldest child and the eldest son of the 11 children that was born to his parents. Tommie graduated from West Deep Creek H.S, he relocated to New York. Shortly after his arrival in New York, Tommie set off his journey to the United States Army where he served his time in the Vietnam War. After his return from Vietnam, he served his time in the Army Reserve and shortly after Tommie earned a honorable discharge from the US Army. It was in New York, where Tommie met his loving wife Lillie of 46 years. From the day that they met, it was inevitable that they were destined to become one. From this beautiful union, two children were born: Rodney Leak and Sereda Leak. Tommie was a man of God and was the true defintion of what it meant to be a family man. From his famous breakfast home fries, delicious bar-b-ques, fishing adventures, and road trips down south, he was always there to take care of his family in every way possible. Anyone that knew Tommie, knew that he was also an oldies music enthusiast, who had a huge collection of oldies music that he enjoyed listening to with his family and dancing with his wife. Tommie also loved  spending time with his beautiful grand-daughter Ashlie who he loved and adored. One of his favorite things to say to her, was that "granddaddy has a dollar in his pocket for you." Tommie worked at Huss Line, where he repaired and shipped bumpers to various car dealers in the NYC surrounding area. In 1978, Tommie started his career with Green Bus Line which his currently Known as the NYC MTA. While working for Green Bus Line, Tommie served as a bus operator, he then later progressed to become a bus dispatcher, and before his retirement, he became a supervisor for the bus company. Tommie received special honors and recognition for his hard work and dedication that he gave to Green Bus Line (NYC MTA) and many years of services that he has given to them. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Bennie Leak and Mary Ross Sturdivant Leak; one son Rodney Leak, and three sisters, Linda Faye Leak Barringer, Bennie Mae Dickerson (Morris) and Nettie Ruth Leak-White (Gary). Those left to cherish his memories are his wife, Lillie M. Leak, daughter Sereda Leak, Jamaica, NY, Two grandchildren: Ashlie Nelson who he loved dearly, Jamaica, NY and grandson Rodney Leak Jr, Florida. One brother; Barry Leak, High Point, NC; six sisters, Roeather Leak, Wadesboro, NC, Betty Ann Robinson (Gus), Morvern, NC, Mary Leak, High Poiny, NC, Robin Elaine Leak, High Point, NC, Janice Leak, Wadesboro, NC, and Pricilla Bridges, High Point, NC; three aunts Alberta Lamphley, Chicago, IL, Rosetta Ingram, Charlotte, NC, Carolyn Sturdivant, Morvern, NC, four brother-inlaw: Milton Mack (Eva), Gaston, SC, Morris Mack (Merlene), Gaston, SC, Johnnie Lee Mack, Gaston, SC, Terry Mack, Columbia, SC, five sister-inlaw:Georgia Riley, Gaston, SC, Catherine Brimfield (Luther),  Columbia, SC, Thelma Johnson, Gaston, SC, Marie Roach (Marvin), West Columbia, SC, and Lessie Timmons, Gaston, SC, and a host of Cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Tommie also leaves to cherish his memories a few close friends: Clarence Doomes, Jesup, Ga, Charles Sturdivant, Morvern, NC, Charles (Vivian), Charlotte, NC and Larry Ratliff (Brenda), Charlotte, NC.

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Services

Visitation
Friday
July 2, 2021

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Pearson (Main Street Columbia, South Carolina)

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