Walter Preston Leath Jr. (Tiger)
Walter (Tiger) was a gift to his family, his friends and to the people he met throughout his life. To know him was to surely love him. He loved people, and epitomized the meaning of loving your fellow man. He was always joyful, selfless and kind to everyone. He gave what he had to others, often leaving himself with nothing. He always said, “I don’t care about money, I just want to make people happy”. He definitely made people happy and seeing others happy made him happy too. His love for God was evident because of how he treated others. When he reached out to others, he never gave any thought in regards to what was in it for him. He saw the good in others regardless of their race, status, religion or personal preferences.
Family was most important to Tiger. Not a day went by that Tiger didn’t talk about how he loved his family. He routinely checked on family members to see how everyone was doing and he never allowed us a minute to forget how much he loved us. He didn’t just say the words, he demonstrated his love for family through his actions. Tiger adored and was proud of his “little” brother Daryl. He was proud of his position as the older brother. He was protective over Daryl without being suffocative, liberal without being careless and watchful without being stifling. Also, Tiger was a proud uncle to his nieces, Ebony and Natalie. He enjoyed teasing and giving them life advice.
He had the upmost respect and love for his mother. It was pleasing to him that his mother, Edna, preferred heartfelt words from him over boxed gifts. During holidays and special occasions, Tiger would present his mother with something he had written. He enjoyed having quality time with his mother to share and receive praises on his writing skills. Tiger would write songs, sing them to her, and recite poems he proudly composed just for her.
He loved family get togethers, especially Christmas. It was his favorite time of the year. He found pleasure in watching his family’s excitement when they exchanged and opened their gifts. Every gift Tiger gave had a sentimental meaning to it. He was a giver and expected nothing in return. Everyday was Christmas to him. When visiting his mother, he ended each visit with a cheerful “Merry Christmas” no matter what time of the year it was.
He was talented and very creative. Tiger worked as a Welder, and part time Security Guard. His love for music and song writing landed him private singing engagements and performances from time to time.
Tiger was preceded in death by his father, Walter Preston Leath, Sr. and wife Angela Denise Carr Leath. He is survived by his mother, Edna Brown Mark, his brother Daryl Leath (Fanchon), his two nieces Ebony Leath and Natalie Leath, his step sister, Angela Phillips Lewis, and a host of Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and friends.
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