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Barbara Phillips Leathrum

Obituary for Barbara Phillips Leathrum

June 20, 1938 - November 20, 2019
Clemson, South Carolina | Age 81


Barbara Phillips Leathrum, 81, wife of James F. Leathrum passed away Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at the Clemson Downs.

Barbara was born in Wilmington, Delaware, the daughter of the late John H. Phillips,Jr.and Beatrice Donovan Phillips. She was in the first class to receive a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Delaware. She was a registered nurse and was a teacher at Princeton Hospital in Princeton, NJ in her early career. Most of her life she has been an advocate for persons with disabilities having been appointed to the SC Developmental Disabilities Council. She served on the Board of Protection and Advocacy. She was known as the principal author of The Transition Plan from School to Employment for persons with disabilities. She was an active member of Clemson United Methodist Church.

Surviving in addition to her husband are three sons, James F. Leathrum, Jr. and wife, Patricia of Chesapeake, VA, Thomas E. Leathrum and wife, Laura of Jacksonville, AL and Roger A. Leathrum of Clemson; and grandchildren, Colleen L. Allen and husband, Michael, Duncan J. Leathrum, Travis W. Leathrum, Erin M. Leathrum and Scott T. Leathrum.

In addition to her parents, Barbara was predeceased by her brother, John H. Phillips III.

Memorial services will be held 10 AM, Saturday Nov. 30, 2019 at Clemson United Methodist Church. Burial will take place in Barrett's Chapel Cemetery in Frederica, Delaware.

The family will greet friends immediately following the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Clemson United Methodist Church, PO Box 590, Clemson, SC 29633-0590 or to the CARC Foundation (for Clemson Downs), PO BOX 503, Clemson, SC 29633.

Visit or Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central-Clemson Commons.

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Suggested Memorial Donations

  • Clemson United Methodist Church
    P.O. Box 590
    Clemson, SC 29633-0590
  • CARC Foundation (for Clemson d
    P.O. Box 503
    Clemson, SC 29633

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