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William Harold Leatherwood Jr.

William (Bill) H. Leatherwood, Jr. of Sylva passed away on Friday, January 31st. He was born on July 7, 1940. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William Harold Leatherwood and Sadie Deitz Leatherwood; and one daughter, Theda Rudd. He is survived by his wife of fifty-two years, Gretchen Leatherwood; one daughter, Delena Jay (Graeme) of Seattle, WA; two grandchildren, Sadie and Keith Rudd, and their father Haig Rudd of Asheville; two sisters, Gail Revis and Karen (Paul) Ingram of Sylva. Also surviving are his in-laws; David (Jeanne) Buchanan of Fredericksburg, VA., Audrey La Sante of Fredericksburg, VA., Gordon (Shirley) Buchanan of Waynesville, Myrtice (Joe) Brooks of Sylva, and several nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Bill was a member of Deitz Memorial Baptist Church. He graduated from Webster High School and Western Carolina University. He was family oriented and enjoyed planning family vacations. He served in the US Air Force and worked in industry. Bill was an avid beekeeper and nature enthusiast. He was a life-long learner who enjoyed reading and telling stories. Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday February 8, 2020 at Appalachian Funeral Services in Sylva with the Rev. Robert Blanton presiding. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.

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Bill was an admired friend. I worked with him for many years at Taylor Instrument. He was a dedicated employee, demonstrated an impeccable work ethic and was a role model for others. Also, he had a great sense of humor and was one of the best storytellers I've ever met. I asked him to tell the "running of the bulls story" more than once. Alice and I extend our deepest sympathy to the family during this time of sadness and loss. Bill Hart

William A. (Bill) Hart, Jr. Feb 6 2020 12:00 AM

Gretchen, so sorry for your loss. You and Bill made a fine couple and always at our class reunions. May God be with you. TOM JONES

Tom Jones Feb 5 2020 12:00 AM

Gretchen, We are so sorry to hear about Bill. We will be thinking about you and your family. In our thoughts and prayers. Love, James and Teresa Buchanan. Charlotte, NC

Teresa Buchanan Feb 3 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William Leatherwood Jr.

Teresa Buchanan Feb 3 2020 12:00 AM

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