James M. Leatherwood, Ph.D.

james leatherwood, ph.d.
James Murray Leatherwood, 75, of 340 Treetops Drive, Candler, died Wednesday, June 8, 2005, at St. Joseph Campus, Mission Hospitals. Dr. Leatherwood was born in Waynesville and was a son of the late Glenn Joseph and Alma Duckett Leatherwood and was also preceded in death by a sister Mary Jane Leatherwood Crandall. He was retired as a science professor emeritus from NC State University. Surviving are his wife, Joyce Layton Leatherwood; one daughter, Dr. Janet K. Leatherwood; four grandsons, Andrew, David, James and Austin, and one brother Glenn J. Leatherwood, Jr. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2005, at Central United Methodist Church, where he was a member, with the Rev. Dr. Robert M. Blackburn and the Rev. Richard Smyth officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park, Building 1, Asheville, NC 28801.

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  1. Joyce,

    Pat and I extend our condolences at Jim’s death. I valued my relationship with you and Jim through the years we shared. His death is a great loss to your family and our community.

  2. My condolences to Jim’s family. He was my friend in the 1970s in the Raleigh Amateur Radio Club. I will always remember him as a great friend.

  3. Joyce, since our days at Ravenscroft I have lost contact with all the folks. Very sorry to hear about Jim. Drove thru Waynesville in the wee hours of last night. Fond memories of our days there, though I did not know Jim. Thoughts and prayers with you and Janet. Jean Collier Fettig

  4. Dear Joyce, Janet and family. Accept our deepest sympathy on the death of a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Keeping you in our prayers. Bob and Elaine

  5. Dear Joyce…I only learned of Jim’s passing tonight, July 5th. I can’t tell you how saddened I am for you and your family. My heartfelt condolences and sympathy are with you all. I’ve been thinking of the way you and Jim lived your lives, and also how you and he handled his sickness- so strong and brave in your togetherness as loving man and wife. I have no doubt that you will continue to inspire all those lucky enough to be in your company, just as you inspired Jim as he battled the disease. I know he fought for you as you definitely did for him. I know that you’ll miss him terribly, but I also know that you have so many wonderful memories to comfort you. God Bless. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Love, Vicki (from Dr. Maddox office)

  6. Jim was in Evelyn’s graduation class at CHS. We know Jim will be missed by all. Wish to express our condolence to his wife. We are not sure of any of their children.
    We also wish to express our feelings to his brother Glenn and wife Alene. May God bless and comfort all during this time of personal loss.

  7. Dear Joyce and Janet, I will treasure the memory of my visit with you and Jim and the baby the last time I saw Jim. My visits with Jim made me feel blessed since he was so welcoming to me. Pauline Council

  8. Mrs. Leatherwood and Family,

    Although I never had the privilege of meeting you, I worked in the Department of Animal Science with Jim for a little more than six years before his retirement. I remember him as a quiet gentleman who was a very pleasant colleague. I distinctly remember one conversation during which he told me about his family. It was clear that he was fond of you and very proud of his daughter. Unfortunately, we worked in different areas and did not get to know each other well, but I was well aware of his many contributions to the department’s teaching and research programs.

    I regret that I will not be able to attend the memorial service.

    We share in your loss and can only hope that you receive some comfort in the memories of wonderful moments with Jim.

    Roger McCraw,Head
    Department of Animal Science

  9. Dear Mrs. Leatherwood,

    I was sad to read of your loss. From 1966-1970 while my husband Sid was a student at NCSU, I enjoyed working for Dr. Leatherwood as a secretary in the Animal Nutrition Section, Department of Animal Science.

    Condolences to you and your family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers in the days to come.

    Ann Knott Baynes (Mrs. A. Sidney Baynes)

  10. Mrs. Leatherwood and Janet – Bob Horton called me this morning about Dr. Leatherwood. I was a graduate student of his from 1972-75. I have some very fond memories of my time in his lab. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and sympathy. I hope you and Janet and the rest of the clan are doing ok. I hope Janet and her family live close. I knew that you had moved to Western NC several years ago – in fact, I think you guys stopped at my Dad’s house in Black Mountain about the time you were moving or thinking of moving. I retired from Barry U. in Miami three years ago. My last 20 years were there. Please again know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Bobbie Stewart

  11. Joyce and Janet
    We are continuing to think of you. May many good memories and your faith in God give you strength and comfort.
    BJ Warren

  12. We lost a great friend and colleague.
    Jim will be remembered for his kindness, generosity and willingness to always take the time to help answer
    tough science questions.

  13. Joyce,

    Been quite a few years, but we have talked about Jim on several occassions. Jim was a great guy, honest, articulate, enthusiastic, talented. You should have some fine memories to help sustain you.

  14. Joyce..Marie and I were sadden to learn of Jim’s death. Everyone who ever knew him will mourn his passing. Joyce meeting you and renewing our acquaintence with Jim has been a great experience in our life and we will miss him. Our prayers are with you and your family.

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