James Leigh Jr

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James “Butch” Leigh, Jr., was born to James and Lillie Leigh on April 14, 1951, in Columbus, Ohio. He was the second oldest of six children.

He attended Columbus City Schools and graduated from East High School, and he was an accomplished athlete. He served in the United States Military as a Marine was discharged from the Military with Honors. He retired from Defense Construction Supply Center (DCSC).

James married his wife Denise on August 30, 2007. They rededicated their lives to God at New Birth Christian Ministries April 2008. They were the first married couple that Pastor Kenneth Moore baptized.

James loved his family and cherished his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He loved to talk (just like his Dad) and he loved to play cards and traveling with his wife Denise.  He also loved sports, traveling and road trips.

In addition to his father, James Leigh, Sr., he was predeceased by one sister, Bonnie Leigh, one brother, Mark Leigh and sister-in-law, Donetta Favours.

James left this life on the night of October 28, 2021. He leaves to cherish his lovely and beautiful wife, Denise Favours-Leigh of fourteen years. His mother, Lillie Leigh, sisters Brenda (Ronnie) Young, Beverly Leigh and brother Michael (Stephanie) Leigh. children; Michael (Chastiddy) Dennis, Sr., Lamont Leigh Sr., and Simone Leigh, grandchildren: Michael Dennis, Jr., Lamont Leigh, Jr., Sydni, and Sage Leigh, Lamondria, Elijah, Jerica, and Ava Leigh.  brother in Laws, Wilbour Favours, Craig Favours, Michael Favours, Shane Favours and Daylan Favours, sister in Laws Sarah Favours, Arizonia Favours and Sharmell Favours and a host of nieces, nephews and six great-grandchildren. Special Friends: Craig Favours, Allen “Bubble T” Taylor, James “Too Sweet” Roy, Pastor Donald Miller, Our loving friend and neighbor Mrs. Freda White Special cousins: Robert Eubanks, Sr., and Chester Jackson.





Visitation 10:00am and Funeral Service 11:00am Friday, November 12, 2021 at New Birth Christian Ministries, 3475 Refugee Rd. Interment at Union Cemetery Association. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.


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Condolence Messages

  1. You the best brother

  2. Family you have my deepest condolences ❤️

  3. Frances Neal Pegram

    To The Entire Family You Have My Deepest Sympathy. James is a childhood friend. We grew up together. God Bless You All. Frances Neal

  4. Our sincere condolences to the family. Ray & Shirley Norman.

  5. Sandra Good Stroud

    Sending love, hugs and condolences to you our Columbus Ohio family. May the peace of God bring you comfort and strength!
    From your Georgia family

  6. Bishop Donald Miller

    Weeping may endure for a night but Joy comes in the morning, rest easy old friend

  7. Caramita Simmons

    May you find comfort knowing that James is at peace ️
    We love you cousin.

  8. Calvin (Valerie) Thomas Jr. NBCM

    Deepest sympathy to the family during this time of grief and sorrow.

  9. May , God continue to Bless you and your family. Nece I’m so sorry to here of your lost. My Condolence to you , from my Family to yours. We Love you. And God Bless.

  10. Elvenia (Carol) Sanders

    James is Resting Now .. May , God Continue to Keep His Arms around You and Family..

  11. So sorry to hear of your loss, my prayers are with you and your family, May God comfort you now and forever.

  12. James was my buddy. He made me laugh and put a smile on many of our faces. I am really going to miss him. He was willing to sacrifice his life for our freedom. Godspeed my friend.

  13. The Humphries Family sends our deepest sympathy and prayers to the Leigh family. May God bless and keep you all.
    Love Bobby and Lorraine Humphries

  14. So sorry for your loss. You and the family are in my prayers. Rest in peace Butch.

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