Michael J. Leach, a loving son, brother, and friend, passed away peacefully on March 31, 2023, at Southeastern UNC Hospital in Lumberton, North Carolina at the age of 40. Michael was born on March 5, 1983, in Bladen County. Michael was the beloved son of the late Fannie Marie Daniels and Albert Leach. He was dearly loved by his family, friends, and all who knew him for his friendly, kind, and funny nature.
Michael leaves to cherish his precious memories to his paternal grandmother, Eva Mae Leach, maternal grandfather, Lacy Stephens, sisters, Mieyeshia Daniels and Shanita Shipman, brother Reginald Shipman, four loving aunts: Camillia Stephens, Carolyn Daniels Montgomery, Wanda Daniels Lewis, Patricia Lynette Stephens, one uncle Mark Leach and the very recently deceased uncle Melvin Daniels. Michael also shared a special bond with his dear loving friend, Sabrina Campbell, and his lifelong friend Pierre Adams.
He attended East Bladen High School in Elizabethtown, where he discovered his passion for music as a drummer in the band. From an early age, he was a member of Lula's Temple First Born Holiness Church in Elizabethtown, North Carolina, where he developed a strong sense of faith and community.
During Michael’s trucking driving days, he drove for Murphy Brown and Prestige Farms. After his time as a truck driver, Michael began working as a clerk at Scotchman Store in Wilmington, North Carolina. His friendly demeanor and genuine kindness made him a favorite among customers and coworkers alike. Michael's work ethic and dedication to his job were admired by all who had the pleasure of working with him.
Although Michael's interests were diverse, he found great joy in spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed eating out, going to the movies, listening to young Jeezy, playing cards, video games, and grilling, often bringing people together for gatherings filled with laughter and love.
Those who knew Michael will remember him as a kind-hearted, jovial person who could always be counted on for a good laugh and a helping hand. His memory will live on through the many lives he has touched, and he will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
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