Marsha Moors-Charles, pastor
Historic St. Paul Catholic Church
Hattie went home to be with her Lord on Sunday, November 6, 2016.
The late Lewis H. and Mary Lue Martin, the patriarch and matriarch of the fabulous five to which Hattie was eldest. She leaves her brother Louis (Evelyn) Martin, and two sisters, Carolyn Martin, Alberta (Dale Woodson) and sister-in-law Marguarite Martin. Her younger brother Harry B. Martin preceded her in death.
Hattie was married to the late David A. Leath, Sr. for 51 years and to that union nine children were born. Sharon Graves, Carol, David Jr., Darrell, B. Damali, Larry (Lisa), Jimmy, Linda, Paul and a special friend Todd Huff.
Hattie’s beloved children gifted her with twelve grandchildren. Jacqueline, Wade, Monica, Darrell, Whitney, Lindsey, Jahi, Larry Jr., Jamaica, Risha, Jessica, and Charity. And those lovely grandchildren blessed Hattie with eight great-grandchildren. Robert Jr., Ashley, Devin, Zay, Wade Jr., Vanessa, Iyana, and Aiya. Hattie also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Hattie was a member of Bluegrass United Church of Christ which blended in 2013 with the former Emmanuel UCC, which had a faithful witness in Hattie’s neighborhood for over 50 years. Thoroughout Hattie’s over half a century affiliation with the United Church of Christ, she held several positions including Deaconess, Trustee, musician, choir director, and church President. At the time of her death, Hattie was an active elder and weekly worship participant at Bluegrass UCC. Hattie’s dedication to the church ran deep in her soul and she would gladly accept any unwanted position that needed to be filled for the betterment of her church. Even when ill, Hattie managed to get to church and also ensured that her 10% tithe was given to the church. She was faithful to her church and will be deeply missed by her pastor and her church family.
Hattie’s joy along with attending church was music, singing, and playing the piano. Over the years, she participatd in several civic choirs, including the University of Kentucky Donovan Choir and the MLK city-wide choir headed by Mr. Marion Rogers.
Hattie worked for over thirty years at the Bluegrass Army Depot, a branch of the Federal Government. There she received several awards and commendations before retiring as a supervisor for the Comcec division.
After retirement, Hattie went on to work for the Fayette County Public Schools, first as a food service worker and finally as school bus monitor. Upon leaving her employment with FCPS, Hattie went on to work for the Community Action Council where she spent a number of years nurturing and comforting children as a foster grandmother.
Hattie will be sorely missed but never forgotten!