Georgiana Church Community Remembers Dorothy Leatherwood

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By Catalina Trivino

From Butler County -- Police continue to search for the suspect responsible for killing a 72-year old Georgiana woman, who was found dead in her home last Wednesday. CBS-8 has been following this story all week. We visited Dorothy Leatherwood's church to see how she will be remembered.

The Georgiana community is shaken by the death of Dorothy Leatherwood. People are praying for the best, but family and friends tell me Leatherwood is really remembered in the way she made a difference in her church community.

An empty corner seat in Friendship Missionary Baptist Church reminds members of their dear friend, 72-year old Dorothy Leatherwood. Leana Bogan says she'll never forget Wednesday morning, when she drove to pick up her friend to go to Bible study.

 

"She didn't respond so I called her. I blew the horn. She usually comes out the door and says, 'I'll be there in a minute,' but she didn't respond. So I go in the house and found her body... and that was horrific because Dorothy had been a friend to me for years," Said Bogan.

And even though Bogan and the community are devastated, they're turning to God for strength. Sunday, church members said a special prayer for Leatherwood -- singing, sharing stories and grieving the loss of one of their own.

"She just was really an inspiration to this church and to all of us and we will miss that smiling face," Said church member, Evelyn Sally, as she reminsced about Leatherwood.

Members say they looked up to Leatherwood. She was a Sunday school teacher and the President of their Gospel Chorus Choir -- but most importantly a mother, wife and friend.

"She had that voice that would ring out and touch you. And she'll look at you and you sort of took heat to what she said," Said church deacon, Herman Cooke.

So now, the community is telling everyone they know about what happened to Dorothy Leatherwood in hope of finding the person who ended her life -- and they're not stopping until justice is served.

"I'm going to miss you Dorothy. God loves you best," Said another church member recalling the good times.

There will be a candlelight vigil for Dorothy Leatherwood on Monday at 5 p.m. outside of her home on Wise Street. Her funeral will be Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in downtown Georgiana.

If you have any information about Dorothy Leatherwood's death, contact the Butler County Sheriff's Office at 334-382-6521.



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