Harry Joe Leathers
Dec 28, 1947 – Oct 16, 2017
Harry Joe Leathers, 69, of Mustang, Oklahoma, peacefully went to be with the Lord on Monday October 16th, 2017, surrounded by his loved ones.
Harry Joe was born in Nowata, Oklahoma on December 28th, 1947 and grew up in Chelsea and Vinita, Oklahoma. A 1966 graduate of Sacred Heart Academy in Vinita, he served as President of the Student Council, Co-Editor of the school paper, and Captain of the basketball team. He also won honors on the wrestling team, and he was a golden gloves boxing champion. He went on to attend Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Oklahoma. While working at Lucent Technologies (formerly AT&T and Western Electric) for 35 years, he was very involved in the local chapter of IBEW, an international labor union for electricians, and helped coworkers struggling with addiction get the help they needed without the worry of losing their jobs.
A brilliant bass guitarist with a passion for the blues, he could learn a song just by hearing the chords. He played with many successful and well-known artists throughout the years. He enjoyed watching Western movies and sports: especially football and basketball. He was also very proud of his Cherokee heritage.
Harry Joe had a heart for people and loved unconditionally. He always helped those in need, even if he had to do without. He loved his children and grandchildren immensely, and was very proud of their accomplishments.
He is survived by his five children; Peter Leathers and wife Carla and their three children Cate, Kaitlyn, and Caden. Pamela Mork and her husband Jeremy and their two children Easton and Colson. Christe Thomas and her husband Matt and their daughter Logan. Elizabeth Bolen and her husband Rhett and their two children Isla and Jude. And son Patrick Oliver. He is also survived by his Uncle Joe and Aunt Ellen, his brother James Leathers Sr., sister Marjorie and her husband Richard Overholt, the mother of his first three children Patricia Navarro, and his mother in-law Mickie White.
He is preceded in death by his father Raleigh Harvey Leathers, mother Minnie Mae Jackman-Street, step-father Warren G. Street, brother David Nix, and wife Janet Leathers.
Services will be held Saturday October 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Matthews Funeral Home Chapel.