James Leeth

James Jay Leeth

Thursday, October 8th, 1959 - Tuesday, March 17th, 2020
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James Jay Leeth, age 60 of Temple passed away suddenly at his residence on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. He was born on October 8, 1959 in Hamilton to George and Rudell (Knudson) Leeth.
James was a graduate of Hamilton High School, he attended Texas State San Marcos and received his teaching certificate from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. James married Marina (Nina) Gaeke on March 24, 1984 in Waco. He and Nina have spent the past 20 plus years living in Temple raising their two daughters. James was an avid gardener and a talented musician, playing the guitar. He loved to cook, and his family especially loved when he baked fresh bread. James will be lovingly remembered as a devoted husband and father.
He is preceded in death by his parents George and Rudell and his brother Michael Leeth.
Left to cherish his memories is his wife Nina Leeth of Temple, his two daughters Sarah Graves and wife Kourtney and Adrienne Leeth all of Lewisville, TX, as well as his two sisters Betty Babbitt of Rowlett, TX and Joan Rogers of Dallas, TX.
A memorial service will be held June 27, 2020 at 2pm at Hewett- Arney Funeral Home.
Hewett-Arney Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
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    Saturday, June 27th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, June 27th, 2020 2:00pm
    Hewett-Arney Funeral Home
    14 W. Barton Ave
    TEMPLE, TX 76501
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Delton McCaig

Posted at 03:40pm
Went to high school with Jay. So very many memories. Taught me how to play guitar during high school. Went to many concerts, camp outs, hundreds of miles on the drag in Hamilton. Love him dearly, an enduring friendship, and beautiful person to know. Could tell stories of the crazy times we had for days. He is missed more than I know how to put in words. I have faith that we'll be together again, someday, until then, I will pick a song for you, sing a song with a tear in my eye, and never forget our time together. Love you Jay, have a guitar ready, and we'll play all the old tunes again, someday.

Tom Pointer

Posted at 12:17pm
I was very shocked and saddened to hear of Jay’s passing. I had known Jay for most of my life as we both grew up in Hamilton and we had been friends since high school. Life takes us on different paths, but we had managed to stay in contact over the years. He was a kind, gentle, good hearted person and I am proud to have called him friend for many years. My heartfelt condolences to Nina, Sarah and Adrienne. May you find strength, peace and comfort through these difficult days.

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