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Robert Thomas Leathers, Jr.

August 15, 1973 July 15, 2019
Robert Thomas Leathers, Jr.
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Obituary for Robert Thomas Leathers, Jr.

It is with deep sadness that the family of Robert Thomas Leathers, Jr, 45, of Atlanta announces his sudden passing, Monday, July 15 while recovering from a battle with pneumonia. Robert was born on August 15, 1973 and was the beloved son of Nancy and Robert Leathers of Atlanta and the much-loved brother of Laura Bolsen of Tucker, GA. Although he was born with Down Syndrome, Robert never let that hold him back from leading a full life filled with opportunity and joy. He was a proud graduate of Druid Hills High School in 1995. Robert was an avid Special Olympics athlete who received many awards and trophies. He had many hobbies including going to the movies, being on the Super Strikers bowling team, and swimming & tubing at Lake Burton. He especially enjoyed attending camps Sparrowwood and Big Heart for over 35 years. Robert loved to travel the world with his family, as long as the destination included an amusement park with a roller coaster; he always thought that the front row was the best. He looked forward to annual trips to Disney World and Universal Studios, and was eagerly anticipating a trip in August when the new Star Wars section was opening. He especially loved music and attending concerts at the Vista Room, where he was a front row fan. Over the years, he had the pleasure of meeting Brooks & Dunn, Cindi Lauper, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, and Sir Elton John, who dedicated “Rocket Man” to Robert during one of his concerts. With the help of his wonderful job coach, Viktor, Robert worked at Heritage Candle Company in Tucker for many years and he took great pride in his job. Robert recently moved to Annandale Village in Suwanee, GA to start a new and exciting chapter of his life. Although he was there only a short time, he enjoyed making new friends and his newfound independence. Most importantly, Robert taught valuable life lessons to those around him in a quiet and gentle way. By spending time with Robert, family and friends learned to become accepting of others. Henry David Thoreau once said, “If a man does not keep pace with him companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears however measured or far away.” Robert embodied this quote by showing us that patience and understanding of differences really is what love is all about. It is our family’s hope that you will remember Robert when you see someone different and offer a smile. Robert is survived by his parents, Bob & Nancy Leathers, sister Laura Bolsen (Todd) Tucker, GA, aunt Cindi Bancroft (Jon) Aurora, CO, uncle James H. Leathers (Patty) Mansfield, GA, nephews, Alex and Parker Bolsen, and numerous cousins. Visitation, with a buffet reception, will be 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Friday, July 19 at A.S. Turner & Sons, Decatur. Funeral Service will be held 11:00 am, Saturday, July 20 at Briarlake Baptist Church, officiated by Dr. Tommy Ferrell followed with burial in Decatur Cemetery. Floral offerings accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Annandale Village, 3500 Annandale Ln, Suwanee, GA 30024 or to the Special Needs Ministry at Briarlake Baptist Church, 3699 Lavista Rd, Decatur, GA 30033.


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Visitation

Friday

19

Jul

5:00 PM 7/19/2019 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 7/19/2019 8:00:00 PM
A S Turner and Sons Funeral Home

2773 N. Decatur Rd.
Decatur, GA 30033

Catered reception during visitation in room 3.

A S Turner and Sons Funeral Home
2773 N. Decatur Rd. Decatur 30033 GA
United States

Service

Saturday

20

Jul

11:00 AM 7/20/2019 11:00:00 AM
Briarlake Baptist Church

3715 Lavista Road
Decatur, GA 30033

Briarlake Baptist Church
3715 Lavista Road Decatur 30033 GA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Decatur Cemetery Final Resting Place

299 Bell Street
Decatur, GA 30030

299 Bell Street Decatur 30030 GA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Annandale Villiage

Annandale Villiage 3500 Annandale Ln. Suwanee, Ga. 30024

Special Needs Ministry at Briarlake Baptist Church

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