Carroll Seabrook Leatherman, born on September 28, 1928, died on December 31, 2010. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Memphis on Jan. 3, 2011.
Mrs. Leatherman was the daughter of Carroll Breathitt Seabrook of Memphis and Mary White Withers of Lake Cormorant and Tunica, Mississippi.
She attended Miss Eva Lee’s School of Childhood, Hutchison School, Miss Harris’ School in Miami, Florida, and Finch College in New York City. Mrs. Leatherman was a member of the Junior League of Memphis, the Memphis Garden Club, St. John’s Episcopal Church and was active in the Antiquarians, the Tuesday Study Club and the Woman’s Club.
Mrs. Leatherman was founder of Women’s Serenity House, the first rehabilitation facility for women in Memphis. She also served on the board of the Men’s Serenity House.
Mrs. Leatherman wrote for the Delta Review and the Junior League’s Volunteer Voice, a monthly magazine, for many years. She served as the Chairman of the Symphony Ball and arranged for Peter Duchin to play. She also served as the Chairman of the Brooks Gala and arranged for Bobby Short to play.
Mrs. Leatherman wrote two books, The Old Man and the Dog, and Goodbye Ole Miss which was a best seller in its first year and remained on the best seller list for three successive years. Of Goodbye Ole Miss, Shelby Foote wrote that Carroll Leatherman sought her true voice as a narrator and that she found it, “The result is not just a slice of life but nearly the whole loaf, enjoyable from end to end.” Memphis Magazine named her one of Memphis’ most extraordinary people.
Carroll and Richard Leatherman were married sixty-one years on December 29, 2010.