Lt. Col. (Ret.) Leonard Alan Leatherwood
Loved His Family and His Country
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.