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Leigh Cooper Wallace
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Birth: Aug. 12, 1969, Panama
Death: Dec. 17, 2012
Johnson City
Washington County
Tennessee, USA

Daughter of Claude COOPER and Louise Cooper. Married Christopher Harold WALLACE. Died from complications of pneumonia.

As a college student, Leigh was a victim of a crime of abduction and sexual assault. She was able to escape from her captor, Daniel Brian Lee, and led law enforcement in his capture and conviction. Her captor had previously kidnapped, raped and murdered an ASU employee, Jeni Gray. Leigh appeared on the Investigation Discovery Channel's "Sins and Secrets" in the fall of 2012 to relate the events of her abduction and escape.

Hampton Funeral Service Obituary:

Leigh Cooper Wallace, 43, of Todd, NC passed away unexpectedly Monday morning at Johnson City Medical Center, Tennessee. Leigh was born in the Panama Canal Zone on August 12, 1969, to Louise and Claude Cooper. She grew up in a military family and lived in many places in her youth: Panama Canal Zone; Rock Hill, SC; Fort Benning, GA; Fort Bragg, NC, Altoona, PA; Fort Buchanan, PR; and Fort Leavenworth, KS. While living in these different places, Leigh learned the value of lasting friendships and cultural diversity.

She graduated in 1987 from Leavenworth (KS) High School, then graduated from Appalachian State University in 1992 with a degree in Exercise Science. She was a standout distance runner for ASU, winning the Southern Conference outdoor championships in track in 1992 in the 3000, 5000, and 10,000 meter events. Leigh also coached track and cross country at Watauga High School for over ten years, and her teams won numerous conference, regional, and state championships. She taught Healthful Living and physical education at Watauga High School from 1998 until the present. She helped establish women's lacrosse as a varsity sport at Watauga High School and was the first head coach in this sport. She was inducted into the Watauga Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.

In addition to her parents, Leigh is survived by her loving husband, Christopher Harold Wallace, and her two cherished children: a son, Jacob Christopher Wallace, and a daughter, Haleigh Lynn Wallace, all of the home. She is also survived by her devoted sisters, Julie Cooper Hodge and Holley Cooper Quick (David), both of Todd; and her special brother Graig Wilson Cooper of San Francisco, CA. She leaves behind five nieces and nephews who loved their Aunt Leigh: Riley and Regan Hodge, Cade and Coen Quick, and Findley Cooper. Also surviving are her great-aunt Connie Martin of Fayetteville and her great aunt and uncle Dixie and John Martin of Charlotte, and many beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins, as well as her husband Chris's family: Candy and Ray Wallace, and Rodney and Gavin Wallace.

As a parent, teacher, and coach, Leigh's spirit, inspiration, and memory continue on in the hearts of her children, students, and athletes - those she dedicated herself to most passionately. It is they, along with the staff and faculty of Watauga High School to whom Leigh has imparted the values of good decision-making, working hard to achieve goals and overcome adversity, and truly living life to the fullest every day.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Visitation will be held at Watauga High School on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, from the hours of 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Friends may call at the funeral home, to show their respect, anytime after 3:00 pm on Wednesday. A private internment for the family will be conducted at Mount Lawn Cemetery prior to the memorial service, which will be held at Watauga High School at 3:00 pm on Thursday, December 20, 2012.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Leigh Cooper Wallace Memorial Fund, c/o State Employees Credit Union in the name of Chris Wallace, 410 New Market Blvd, Boone, NC, or to any North Carolina State Employees Credit Union office.

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Mountlawn Memorial Park and Gardens
Watauga County
North Carolina, USA
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Record added: Dec 18, 2012
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Leigh, I watched how you escaped your captor and helped police catch a killer and rapist. That's truly remarkable. Rest in peace.
- Louise
 Added: Oct. 15, 2016
You deserve so many flowers; truly a special angel.
 Added: Feb. 2, 2015

- Theresa Hernandez -White 💔
 Added: Dec. 18, 2013
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