News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 27, 2013

Patricia Lewis Henry Leatherman


TERRE HAUTE — Patricia “Pat” Lewis Henry Leatherman, 73, of Kodak, Tenn., and formerly of Terre Haute, passed away after an extended illness at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, in Kodak. She was born July 31, 1939, in Terre Haute, to William George and Esther Helen Wilson Lewis, who preceded her in death. She also was preceded in death by both husbands, Jack Henry and George Leatherman. She attended public schools in Terre Haute, including Fairbanks and Sarah Scott, and graduated with honors from Wiley High School with the class of 1957, and in 1960 from Indiana State Teacher’s College, now Indiana State University. She taught 30 years in the public schools of Ohio and Michigan, retiring after her last position at Clawson, Mich. At that time she lived at nearby Royal Oak.

Patty was very attracted to the Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee near Sevierville and chose to make that area her retirement home where she made innumerable lifetime friends at Kodak. Her home close to Piney Road was frequently the gathering place for all her friends, and she was a member and very active in the Kodak United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir, and the United Methodist Women. She was an active member of the Retired Teachers’ Association, Friendly Bridge Club, and FCE Club. She enjoyed camping, Smokies baseball, the Kodak Library, the 12 steps and her dogs. She was always attentive to the needs of her friends and others and often put their needs before her own. For that she will be remembered fondly for many years to come. She also enjoyed playing bridge and returning to Terre Haute regularly to visit family at the old homeplace, located at 2418 S. Eighth St., while it remained in the family. However, her chief delight was undoubtedly from visiting her daughter and young grandchildren near Boston, her last visit being at Thanksgiving. The first week of last November she enjoyed a vacation in Hawaii, but by mid-January of this year her health had declined and it became apparent that she could not survive very long. She never complained.

Patty is survived by her beloved daughter, Vickie and her two children, Lucy and George Lewis Humphrey, as well as Vickie’s companion Claire Humphrey, all of Jamaica Plain, Mass. She also is survived by a sister, Marjorie Otto of Arthur, Ill.; a brother, David Lewis of Terre Haute; two nieces, Julie MichI and Lesley Banks; one great-nephew and great-niece, David James MichI and Aerielle Banks, all of Arthur; companion, Raymond Shepherd; caregiver, Judy Ward; many cousins; and many special friends.

A luncheon will be served for friends and family at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Kodak United Methodist Church, located beside Tennessee Road 66, in Kodak, followed by the Memorial Service and interment of ashes at the cemetery across the highway from the church. The Revs. Brad Hyde and Ron Ward will be officiating. Cremation arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home in Seivierville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Knoxville Affiliate of Susan  G. Komen for the Cure, 318 Nancy Lane, No. 13, Knoxville, TN 37919; or Kodak United Methodist Church, 2923 Bryan Road, Kodak, TN 37764.