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Helen Ann Leatherwood Cody
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Birth: Nov. 15, 1928
North Carolina, USA
Death: Mar. 18, 2012

Helen Ann Leatherwood Cody, 82, loving mother and grandmother, went to be with God on March 18, 2012. She was born November 15, 1929 in Bryson City, NC, the daughter of the late Robert Lee Leatherwood and Frances Stovall Leatherwood. She received her degree in Education from Meredith College in 1952, before marrying the late William Ralph Cody, Jr. on July 17, 1952. Helen lived in Burlington until Ralph passed away in 1993, after which she moved to Rocky Mount where she spent the remainder of her life with her daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren.
Helen was passionate about teaching children, and spent 35years in the Burlington City School System doing so before retiring to travel. She was awarded Teacher of the Year honors numerous times. She also loved gardening and working on her miniature houses, several of which won prizes.

Helen is survived by two children, Mary Cody Gibson and husband, Wayne, of Rocky Mount, and Tim Cody and Helen Johnston of Moyock, NC. Also surviving are two grandchildren, William Gibson and Elizabeth Ann Gibson, both of Rocky Mount, and numerous nieces and nephews. Helen was predeceased by her sisters, Virginia L. Groome, Elizabeth L. Good, Louise L. Rogers, and Mary Nell Leatherwood and her brothers, Robert Lee Leatherwood, III and Thurman Joe Leatherwood.

The family wishes to extend special appreciation to Drs. Leslie and David Browder for their care and concern for Helen. They also are especially grateful for all the care and comfort given by Sarah Heenan, Executive Director of the Heart Center at Nash Health Care, and by the nurses on the 5th floor of Nash General Hospital during Helen's recent hospitalization.

Friends are welcome to drop by the home of Mary and Wayne Gibson at anytime. Services will be held at the Alamance Memorial Park at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, followed immediately by a visitation at the Best Western at 770 Huffman Mill Road in Burlington.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105 or the Children's Home of NC, P.O. Box 338, Thomasville NC 27361.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Arrangements by Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home, 1130 N. Winstead Ave., Rocky Mount, NC 27804.

Published in Rocky Mount Telegram on March 20, 2012
Alamance Memorial Park
Alamance County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Martie Groome-McGirt
Record added: Mar 23, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 87269266
Helen Ann <i>Leatherwood</i> Cody
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