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“My sympathy to Mrs. Leatherwood's family and loved ones. She was my son Hunter's first grade teacher at Junaluska Elementary. He loved her so much. I...Read More »
1 of 37 | Posted by: Ginny Barrett Patten

“Suzanne & family, sorry to hear about your mom. Will keep you all in thoughts and prayers. Roger, Sylvia, Daniel and Dean Reeves ”
2 of 37 | Posted by: Roger Reeves

“I will miss seeing Gail on Tuesday mornings as she came to work with the Friends of the Book Sale Staff at the Library. I pray that the Good Lord...Read More »
3 of 37 | Posted by: Teresa Glance

“Though I did not know Gail personally, I have an insight into her character from reading the messages left in this guestbook. My prayer is that her...Read More »
4 of 37 | Posted by: Nancy Stamey Eubanks

“I have your family in my prayers. ”
5 of 37 | Posted by: Shelly Jackson Coker

“Suzanne, Linda, Nancy & Family, I am saddened to hear of Mrs. Gail's death. I send you hugs and prayers. May God keep you in his care. Love to each...Read More »
6 of 37 | Posted by: Marlene Ferguson

“I was sad to hear of Gail's passing. My deepest sympathy and condolences to the entire family. ”
7 of 37 | Posted by: Caroline Roten

“Aunt Gail was one of the most thoughtful people I've ever known. Regardless of what was going on in her life, she would send birthday, Christmas,...Read More »
8 of 37 | Posted by: Paula Cable-Dunlap

“Suzanne and family, Gail was a great first teacher and I was so lucky to work with her at East Waynesville and Junaluska. She cared deeply about...Read More »
9 of 37 | Posted by: Betty Brown

“We are so sorry at the passing of Gail. She was a wonderful secretary of the Faith S/S Class and will be missed. Polly and Denman Bridges ”
10 of 37 | Posted by: Polly Bridges

“Gail will be sadly missed; our prayers go To her family at this time. A dear friend from church, she sang with Me in the choir for over 20 years, and...Read More »
11 of 37 | Posted by: Jolene Hocott (Phil)

“So sad to hear of Gail's passing. My deepest sympathy and condolences to the entire family. ”
12 of 37 | Posted by: Joyce Davis Hudgins

“Suzanne my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. ”
13 of 37 | Posted by: Miss Jane

“I am so very sorry for such a loss to so many. She was a friend to all. I usually sat with her at DAR and that space will feel so empty now. My...Read More »
14 of 37 | Posted by: Evelyn Maney

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Gail's family at this very as you are faced with a very big void in your family. I enjoyed my time with Gail in DAR...Read More »
15 of 37 | Posted by: Eleanor Suddath

“Gail was one of the first people to welcome me to Waynesville on behalf of the library. She sat beside me in choir. A quiet peaceful presence to my...Read More »
16 of 37 | Posted by: Penny Wallace

“Accept my condolences as a member of the Hugh Rogers Chapter of the DAR ”
17 of 37 | Posted by: Marilyn Culler Knaff

“Leatherwood Family Keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers. Randy and Susan Millwood Scruggs ”
18 of 37 | Posted by: Susan Millwood Scruggs

“Suzanne, I know the emptiness you must feel in losing your mother. Please know that I care for you and all of your family as you go through the next...Read More »
19 of 37 | Posted by: Sharon Byers Conner

“We are so sorry to lose our precious friend and DAR member; she taught all of us so much...a leader, a patriot, a lover of history, one that cared...Read More »
20 of 37 | Posted by: Ruby Rogers Sprouse

“Dear Suzanne, Linda, and Nancy, I am so sorry to hear about the death of your mom and sister. She was a sweet, and precious person whom I have known...Read More »
21 of 37 | Posted by: Lillian Metcalf

“My first grade teacher ! My condolences to your family. ”
22 of 37 | Posted by: Anna Marie Nobeck Revels

“Suzanne and family, so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a great teacher and wonderful lady. Mikey and Jack ”
23 of 37 | Posted by: Mikell Clark-Webb

“My deepest sympathy to all of the family ”
24 of 37 | Posted by: Juanita Dixon

“Gail was our son's ( Patrick McDonald) first grade teacher. She took the time he needed to adjust from Kindergarten to First Grade, even calling me...Read More »
25 of 37 | Posted by: Marcia McDonald

“So sad. Such a great lady and was so nice to my children when her children were my babysitters. Prayers and love to her family especially Suzanne ”
26 of 37 | Posted by: Peggy Melville

“I was saddened to hear of Mrs. Leatherwoods passing Suzanne. I can remember her like it was yesterday at East Waynesville Elementry. Kim and Sally...Read More »
27 of 37 | Posted by: Scott Grahl

“Suzanne and family - so sorry to hear of Gail's passing, prayers go out to you and the family, a wonderful teacher and sweet person. ”
28 of 37 | Posted by: Charlene Carswell

“Mrs. Leatherwood was my first public school teacher at the old East Waynesville Elementary school. She was always very kind. My condolences to...Read More »
29 of 37 | Posted by: Charles M. Aliison

“I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. Gail was a true lady and great teacher. Prayers for all. ”
30 of 37 | Posted by: Tanna Timbes

“Suzanne and Family, words cannot express our sense of loss. Our hearts and prayers go out to you. Gail was unique and of the greatest of teachers....Read More »
31 of 37 | Posted by: Fran Rogers

“The Friends of the Library have lost a wonderful member of the team. We will all miss Gail's friendship and wisdom. A great loss to the community. ”
32 of 37 | Posted by: Kent Stewart

“This is a beautiful picture of her, a reminder of how much Suzanne looks like her! I wish I could be there for you all! Sending you love from Texas!...Read More »
33 of 37 | Posted by: Laura Leatherwood Branch

“Gail was such a strong and wise woman. She had known me since I was a little girl. We were both educators and loved talking school. She and I sang...Read More »
34 of 37 | Posted by: Lee W. Messer

“Prayers for Suzanne and her family as Gail is now singing in God's heavenly choir. ”
35 of 37 | Posted by: Vivian and Larry Marchant ( Aunt and Uncle)

“My sincerest love and condolences to Mrs. Leatherwood's family. She was mom to my first best friend Sally and I remember her fondly. I'm so very...Read More »
36 of 37 | Posted by: Lorri Allison

“What a lady Mrs. Gail Leatherwood was! I worked with Gail at Junaluska Elementary School from 1986 until her retirement. Mrs. Leatherwood, however,...Read More »
37 of 37 | Posted by: Connie Allen


Waynesville, Gail Bradshaw Leatherwood, 75, passed away on Monday, July 3, 2017 at Silver Bluff Nursing Home. A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Craig and Gladys Justice Bradshaw and was also preceded in death by her husband, Joseph R. Leatherwood, who died in 1990 and a daughter, Sally Jo Leatherwood. Gail was employed as a teacher with Haywood County School System and retired with 33-years-service. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Waynesville where she was a member of the choir. She was a charter member of the Hugh Rogers Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and served as Past Regent and Honorary Regent of the chapter. She also volunteered with the Friends of the Library. Gail is survived by a daughter, Suzanne Surrett (Harold) of Canton; two sisters, Linda Justice and Nancy Ferguson of Waynesville; two grandchildren, Melissa Clark (Josh) and Matthew Connor (Morgan Rogers); two great-grandchildren, Weston Clark and Wyatt Connor and a great-granddaughter due in September; a stepmother, Hazel Farmer Bradshaw; step-sister, Betty Joe Beasley (Michael); step-brother, Bart Campbell (Wanda) of Maggie Valley; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, 2017 in the Waynesville Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with Reverend Sanford L. Giles, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home and at other times, at Gail's Home. Memorials may be made to the Hugh Rogers Chapter of DAR, 631 Raggedy Road, Clyde, NC 28721 or Friends of the Library, 678 South Haywood Street, Waynesville, NC 28786.

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