William Dave Leath

April 12, 1926 ~ May 27, 2019 (age 93)


Warmly known by family and friends as “WD” and affectionately by grandchildren as “Gran Gran,” Mr. William Dave Leathwas born in Guilford Co, NC and lived most of his life in Burlington, NC.  A master craftsman at designing and installing flooring, WD worked for Anderson and Wells Marble and Tile Company for over 25 years. For a short period of time he owned his own business, Leath’s Smoke Shop in Graham, NC.  His last employment was with Graham Savings and Loan.  

Even more so, WD had a huge passion for fishing, hunting, and baseball, which he shared with his buddies, with Joel, and with his grandchildren.  This love for fishing in particular was then reciprocated by new friends that he met when he moved to Raleigh in 2012.   

During his later years WD attended primarily two churches:  Antioch Community Church in Elon, NC, while living in Burlington, then Grace Bible Fellowship in Cary, NC.  William Leath personally trusted Christ as his Lord and Savior while at Grace, and Joel had the privilege of baptizing him on January 20, 2013.  He was 93 years old at the time of his homegoing. 

Wife of 58 years

Satherine Torain Leath (deceased)


Joel David Leath, Sr. (Sonia) of Raleigh, NC; Ruthie Mae Clapp Woods of Graham, NC; Iona Lee Clapp Hicks (deceased) 


Joel “JD” David Leath, Jr. (Amy) of Cary, NC; Sonia Rachelle Leath and Stacia Marie Leath Jacobs (Leonard) of Raleigh, NC; 

Mekeial Deborah Woods Hawkins of Burlington, NC; Dierdra Lynn Evans (Jackie) of Charlotte, NC, who he raised as a daughter; 

Michael Anthony Hicks of Graham, NC; Vincent Todd Hicks of Burlington, NC; Barry Fitzgerald Hicks (Carlotta) of Durham, NC 

Great Grandchildren

Renata Hicks, Chelsea Morrow, Diadre Hawkins, Kennan Hawkins, Kimani Hicks, Omari Hicks, Bria Hicks, 

Jayden Leath, and Jonathan Jacobs, among others


Lynell “Nickie” M. Brown and Kenyon “Ken” Morrow

Preceded in death by:

Parents - June and Willie Crisp Leath; Sisters- Ruth Leath and DeNoris “Tootsie” Leath Tate; Brothers- Jack Leath, 

James C. Leath, Clyde Leath, and Russell Leath

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May 31, 2019

1:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Sharpe Funeral Home, Inc,
520 Rosenwald St.
Burlington, NC 27217

Wake-with the Family present
June 1, 2019

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Children's Chapel United Church of Christ
334 E. Harden St.
Graham, NC 27253

Funeral Service
June 1, 2019

12:00 PM
Children's Chapel United Church of Christ
334 E. Harden St.
Graham, NC 27253

Interment following funeral service
June 1, 2019

Alamance Memorial Park
4039 S. Church St.
Burlington, NC 27215

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