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Charles Leatherwood

1928 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Charles Leatherwood Obituary
Charles "Porky" Leatherwood was born on Nov. 4, 1928, in Quitaque, Texas. He was the youngest and last surviving of seven brothers. Charles graduated from Sunset High School in 1949. He met Joyce Marie Roy, the love of his life, in 1948 and they married on June 15, 1951. They shared more than 65 years together and made being "happily married" look easy. Five children were fortunate to call him "Daddy"; His daughters, Kim Manskey and Cathy Moore, and his sons, Richard, Mike and Brad Leatherwood. His five children gave him 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, all of whom he adored. He held a variety of jobs throughout his life from working at the bus station snack bar to managing City Linen, a family owned and operated business, to managing his own business. He was working as a painter when he retired 20 years ago. Charles was an excellent cook and was one of the founding members of the Razzoo's Cajun Cafe restaurant chain where he acted as a consultant. If there are angels in heaven, they are eating better today. He loved the holidays and hosted many a Thanksgiving and Christmas for both family members and friends of the family. His heart and his home were open to everyone. Charles was kind, gentle and generous. He loved people and once a person became his friend, they were his friend for life. He was always available to assist the people he loved in any way that he could and could rarely be found too far from his tools. He encouraged and supported his children as they followed their dreams. He believed in his children and in their ability to succeed at whatever they took on. He was a quiet man of few words but those words counted, and when he spoke, we listened. He was short on advice but long on example, and the lessons he shared with his children helped shape the lives they live today. Charles was an avid reader and loved history. He loved playing canasta, poker and 42 and was a big fan of the Dallas Stars and the Dallas Cowboys. He loved to travel and spent his retirement years seeing a large part of the world with family and close friends. He lived a good life and was loved by many. Charles died peacefully at his home in Grapevine on Thursday, March 27, 2014, surrounded by his soulmate and a family that loves him. All of us will miss his gentle smile and the way his eyes sparkled when he laughed. He was a joy to know. Celebration of life: 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 31, at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Chapel. Visitation: 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Published in Star-Telegram on Mar. 30, 2014
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