William Edward Leary, Sr.

December 18, 1933 - February 9, 2022

12/18/1933 - 02/09/2022

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Visitation
Saturday February 12, 2022
First Baptist Church of Ahoskie
312 Main Street West
Ahoskie, NC 27910
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Immediately following the memorial service in the sanctuary

Cemetery
Saturday February 12, 2022
1:00 pm
Ahoskie Cemetery
First Street
Ahoskie, NC 27910
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Service
Saturday February 12, 2022
2:00 pm
First Baptist Church of Ahoskie
312 Main Street West
Ahoskie, NC 27910
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AHOSKIE, NC – William Edward Leary, Sr, 88, of Ahoskie, NC died peacefully on February 9, 2022, at home with his wife by his side. William was born December 18, 1933, to the late James Stanley Leary and Edna Sewell Leary of Ahoskie.

In 1952, he graduated from Ahoskie High School, where he played football, basketball, and baseball. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he played football, thus becoming an avid UNC sports fan. During the Korean War, he entered the United States Army and served in the Fourth Armored Division (1953 – 1955) at Fort Hood, Texas. He worked as a finance clerk in the Personnel Department then returned to UNC to continue his educational pursuit.

In 1958, he transferred to Georgetown College in Kentucky, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Education. Also at Georgetown, he met his future wife, Bessie Miller; they were married June 9, 1961.

Mr. Leary began his teaching career at Ahoskie High School in 1963 with eighth grade students in science and math. He coached JV football and basketball. He continued teaching at the new Hertford County High School in the business department along with serving as Assistant Principal (1979-1983). He retired in 1995 after 32 years in education but continued managing the gate for football games for many years.

Mr. Leary was a lifetime member of First Baptist Church of Ahoskie. He taught a young men’s Sunday School class in the 1960s and led boys in Royal Ambassadors in the 70s and 80s. Through the years, he continued to be an active member of the Radio Bible Sunday School Class.  He was involved in Woodmen of the World, Chapter 328 of Ahoskie for 54 years. He served as Secretary for 25 years and held other offices on the local, district, and state levels.  He participated in fraternal projects, volunteered at Ahoskie Food Pantry, and delivered Meals on Wheels.

In addition to his parents, William was preceded in death by brothers Lt. James Stanley Leary Jr., Stephen S. Leary, and Dr. Thomas E. Leary and sisters Edna Earle Leary Newsome and Fannie Marie Leary.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 61 years, Bess, and his children Deborah Cartwright and husband Ed of Greenville, NC, William Leary Jr. and wife Rebecca of Murfreesboro, NC, Catherine Newbern and husband Travis of Greenville, NC, and Stephen Leary and wife Cara of Raleigh, NC.  He was adored as “Papa” by his grandchildren Laura & Meredith Cartwright, Christine Peduto & William Leary III., Coleton & Tanner Newbern, and Elizabeth, Raegan, & Maddox Leary. He was survived by his brother, Rev. David O. Leary and wife Bonita of Morganton, NC, and many loving nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a heartful thank you to William’s heaven-sent caregivers (Margaret, Imogene, Sabrina, Pat, Dianne, & Linda) for their love, support, and devoted care.  Also, the family would like to thank Community Home Care & Hospice for their kindness and compassion.

A graveside service with Military honors will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 12th at The Ahoskie Cemetery.  A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will follow at 2:00 pm at First Baptist Church of Ahoskie with the Rev. Dr. Paul Gilliam, III and Rev. Anita Thompson officiating.  The family will receive friends in the sanctuary following the Celebration of Life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of William Leary Sr. may be made directly to First Baptist Church of Ahoskie, PO Box 649, Ahoskie, NC 27910 or online by clicking here

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Services of Ahoskie is handling the arrangements for the Leary family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting www.garrettsykesfs.com.

 

 

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Wiley Parker
9 months ago

My sympathies to all of Mr. Leary’s family and friends. I’d known since September 1963 and had him for Business Math 2 years later. I will miss him tremendously. He’s in Heaven eternally blessed. I want to meet him again.

Wiley Parker
9 months ago

May you be comforted in Mr. Leary’s passing. He was always such a joy to be with. I’d known him since September 1963. He was my Business Math teacher. He’s in heaven where he will be happy forever. I want to meet him again.

Wiley Parker
9 months ago

Mr. William Leary will be missed tremendously by me. I first knew him some 58 and half years ago and had him for a business math teacher. He was humorous and would say to students before tests, “Good luck and may the Good Lord have mercy on you.” The Good Lord surely had and has mercy on me from then on, especially

Jackie Cullipher
9 months ago

My heartfelt condolences to the family. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Mr. Leary very well.

Wendy Overton-Ervin
9 months ago

It was with great sadness that I read your father’s obituary today. am so sorry for your family’s loss. Ahoskie has lost one of its greatest citizens. Mr. Leary was one of my father’s good friends as they taught together at Ahoskie High School. I have so many fond memories of your parents at school and at church. He will be missed.

Robert Mansfield
9 months ago

I’m very sad to hear about the following the passing of your dad I really liked him a lot it was a good teacher and a good person I enjoyed conversation with him I’m sure you guys will miss him a lot

Eleanor Martin Hollowell
9 months ago

I am sorry for the loss of your husband, Dad, and my friend. He was such a loyal member of WoodmenLife for 52 years and served in many capacities. Our local Chapter 328 would not have been the same without him. May God comfort everyone in this time of loss.

Jeffrey Yeung
9 months ago

Most heartfelt condolences to your family for losing someone so special.

Dr. Charmont Hall-Stephen
9 months ago

Condolences to the family on the loss of your love one.

Dr. Charmont Hall-Stephen
9 months ago

Condolences to the Leary family on the loss of your love one.