It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Roger Jay Leab 75, who died suddenly on May 18, 2022.
Roger was born in Salisbury, NC on February 19, 1947, to Joseph C. Leab and Mildred Hall Leab.
Roger is survived by his wife, Rebecca Lindsay Leab, his 3 sons, Keith Fulk (wife Roxy), Eddie Fulk, Joshua Leab (wife Whitney), 5 grandchildren, Kenneth Fulk, Hannah Willis (husband Austin), Bridgette, Griffin, and Payne Leab, as well as 2 great grandchildren, River and Atlas Willis.
Roger grew up with an instinctual love of nature. After graduating from West Rowan High School in 1965, his passion ultimately led to academic pursuits with a BA in Geology from Catawba College in 1969. He continued in this field working for Kerr McGee Corp. in New Mexico and Wyoming in uranium mining. He then furthered his education, obtaining a BS in Soil Science from A&T State University in 1975. This began a successful career as a soil scientist, working for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for 37 years.
Roger was known to be a hard worker in anything he attempted to do, which was instilled in him at an early age. During his entire career he was always a very devoted family man. He coached baseball for his 3 sons in both Elizabethtown and King, NC. He enjoyed life, family, friends, sports, fishing, gardening, and working on his many projects. After retiring in 2010, one of his primary projects was working tirelessly to fix up his "happy place" at High Rock Lake, a lifelong dream.
Roger loved all the little children and they loved him.
He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered for his cheery disposition, his dry sense of humor, his loving generous heart and those warm hugs.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 25th at Living Word Ministries, 313 Newsome Rd. King, NC., where Roger was a faithful member. Visitation will be 5:30-6:30 with service to follow.
Memorials may be made to Living Word Ministries building fund or a charity of your choice.
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