He was a veteran of the United States Marines, where he was a rifleman. James worked for Neo Industries as a truck driver.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Ronda Kay Leach; three brothers, Kenny, Jerry, and Larry Leach.
Survivors include his daughter, Jamie Nicole Leach (Chris Richards); three grandchildren, Braxton C.S. Leach, Serenity R.M. Richards, Phoenix C.J. Richards; three sisters, Patricia Roth, Linda Blanchard, Lori Keown; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, at Cecil Funeral Home in Whitesville, Kentucky, with military honors. Visitation will be from 12 to 2 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the James Leach Memorial Fund, Cecil Funeral Home, P.O. Box 6, Whitesville, KY 42378.