Lt. Col. (Ret.) Leonard Alan Leatherwood

Friday, February 3, 1950 - Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Loved His Family and His Country

Photo of Lt. Col. (Ret.)  Leonard  Alan Leatherwood  - 1950-2019

Lt. Col. (Ret.) US Air Force, Leonard Alan ‘Al’ Leatherwood, age 69, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

Alan was born February 3, 1950 at the Haywood County Hospital in Waynesville, NC on February 3, 1950 to Hilda Moody Leatherwood and the late Leonard Lee Leatherwood.

In addition to his mother, Alan is survived by his wife of 47 years, Dr. Darlene Early Leatherwood; a daughter, Jennifer Leatherwood Glasgow; a son, Lt. Col. Jon Leatherwood; son-in-law, Dr. Sean Glasgow; daughter-in-law, Tera Sakkinen Leatherwood; 5 treasured grandchildren, Douglas, Megan, and Kaitlyn Glasgow, Cooper and Everly Leatherwood; a brother, Terry Lee Leatherwood and wife, Eileen; and many cousins.

Alan was a 1968 graduate of Tuscola High School, a 1973 graduate of NC State University, and received his Master’s degree from Troy University. Lt. Col. Alan Leatherwood retired from the US Air Force after 21 years, serving throughout the United States and Europe as a T-38 instructor pilot, a UH-1 Huey Helicopter rescue pilot, and has held various other staff and command positions.  During retirement, Al eventually moved back to his family farm in Waynesville, NC and had thoroughly enjoyed his time there.

From an early age, Alan held a deep and abiding love for the Lord which shaped every aspect of his life. He was first ordained as a deacon at Second Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Arkansas, and faithfully taught Bible truths to the smallest child through the oldest adult for over 40 years.

The things he accomplished pale in comparison to the essence of the man. Described by those who were influenced by his life; “Thoughtful, humble, gentle, kind, a servant to God and people, selfless, intentional, patient, tender, grateful, grace-filled, and genuine.” His family remembers him best for his deep love for his wife, his children, and his grandchildren, his joy in working on the farm and “rehabbing” another man’s junk and eating a juicy all-American hamburger.

Funeral services will be held 2:30 PM Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Calvary Road Baptist Church in Maggie Valley, NC.  The family will be receiving friends at the church from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm prior to the funeral service. Interment will be held at Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Park in Waynesville, NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Calvary Road Baptist Church Missions, 2701 Soco Rd., Maggie Valley, NC 28751 to help further Al’s lifelong passion for spreading the message that Jesus is Lord.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Leatherwood family.

Condolences from family and friends

Submitting our condolences to the family. May God console each of you with sweet memories. Love and prayers from our family to yours.
Danny and Shirley Moody
We know that we haven't known you both long at all, but it is evident to us that you both are/were committed Christians, Knowing that your life, Darlene, has forever changed makes our prayer time more directed and necessary. Godly love to you, your children, grandchildren, and so many other family members and friends. Sincerely and with much sympathy, Gary and Connie Allen
Gary and Connie Allen
My heart is saddened by the loss of Alan. My prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time. Heaven got a great man.
Beverly Massie
Al was indeed a splendid influence among those of us who worship our Lord God. His character and integrity were above reproach. We will always remember his positive demeanor of kindness and thoughtfulness.. We are so blessed to have known him. Our prayers are for Darlene and family through their loss. There is no doubt and Al will be present in all our lives from above.
Phyllis and Ric Clay
What a precious man, and what a deep loss. Rejoicing that he is with Jesus, grieving with and for the family during this time of mourning here on earth. We love you all so very much. Scott & KellyBeth Konieczka
Scott & KellyBeth Konieczka
I think of you often and I am sorry for your loss.
Mary Jane Matthews
Al was a great man. I am so glad to have known him. You are in my prayers.
Mitch Huskison
You are in my prayers.
Mitch Huskison
With my deepest heart-felt sympathies at the passing of your loved one.
Sharon Byers Conner
Darlene, we are sorry to hear of your loss. We will pray for you, and the family at this time and the days ahead. May God comfort you. Al was always with a gentle smile and spirit. We enjoyed his friendship. God bless you all!!
Wes and Marti Routh
Praying for comfort and peace for the family. Praising the Lord as He welcomes Alan home!
Genie White
May he rest in His Savior's arms.
Barb and Tom Mayfield
Darlene, I’m so sorry for your loss. Al was a wonderful person and a light for Christ. You both hold treasured memories for me of my time at First Baptist in OFallon. My prayers are with you all
Linda Wilson
Darlene, My heart breaks for you and your family. Al was such a nice man. I will be praying for you and your family for comfort during this difficult time.
Amanda Hedrich (Watson)
Alan. Cross-born servant, holy-guided leader, blood washed spirit poured out from an endless fountain, faith unrelenting, life beautifully surrendered, soul of overwhelming light in this world, now present with the One, who is and was and is to come, we miss you beyond what heart and soul can grasp, but joy because you live on within us, and know one day we will have a great homecoming. Lord, comfort Darlene, Jen and Sean, John and Tera, Terry and Eileen in your fierce, amazing love.
Rusty Baumgardner
Alan was one of a kind. Such a wonderful, quiet, humble servant and never one to bring attention to himself or his many accomplishments.He loved these mountains and I was blessed to have been his friend for 50 years. My heart goes out to Darlene and his children. He will be greatly missed. Much love and prayers .
Jean Worsham Howell