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Obituary - Joseph T. "J.T." Leech



J. T. Leech was born on January 27, 1916 and passed away on January 30, 2010. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Joshua Leech. Survivors are his wife, Marianne Gray Leech; sons, Rodney Leech (Veronica) of Lynchburg, Jimmy Leech of Princeton, KY and a daughter, Rebecca Squire of California.

J. T. Leech is best described as a legend in his own time in the walking horse world. Winning 32 World Championships, numerous reserve Championships, and too many blue ribbons to count, his career was a dream that most horsemen never accomplish. In 2004, The Celebration inducted him into the prestigious Tennessee Walking Horse Hall of Fame, a honor bestowed upon few. He was a judge, a member of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeder's & Exhibitors’ Association, a member of the Walking Horse Trainers’ Association and a previous director on the board for the Trainers’ Association.

In addition to being a great horse trainer, J. T. was a man of ingenuity, strong work ethic, integrity, and was a very prosperous farmer. Visitation will be 6-8 PM Monday at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2 PM Tuesday at Moore-Cortner Chapel with Rev. Johnny Bradford officiating. Interment at Vanzant Cemetery. Pallbearers are Jerry Beaty, Woody Woodruff, R. L. Hall, Jr. Holsomback, Ronnie Williams and Mike Dukes.

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