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Dr. Wilbur T. Leaphart of Atlanta transitioned on August 28, 2019. Born in Waycross, Georgia on October 20, 1927,he was the youngest of six children born to Harry and Mary Leaphart. Dr. Leaphart was educated in the public schools of Waycross, Georgia.
Dr. Leaphart graduated from Morehouse College in 1958 and later earned a Master of Education from the University of Florida (1967) and a Doctor of Education from Clark Atlanta University (1991).
Dr. Leaphart enjoyed a 34-year career with Atlanta Public Schools. Recognized for his extraordinary leadership abilities, Dr. Leaphart was chosen to be part of the administrative team that opened the first middle school in the school system, Sammye E. Coan, he was later named principal in 1969. Dr. Leaphart continued to assume positions of increased responsibility within the Atlanta Public School System before retiring as Secondary School Administrator in 1995.
Dr. Leaphart leaves to mourn his departure and cherish his memory: his loving wife of 58 years, Shirley Hanks Leaphart; a son, Gregory Tyrone Leaphart (Suzette); three grandchildren, Malik Akil Leaphart, Brittany Kiara Vance, Ajani Jabari Leaphart; a sister, Barbara Byrd; dear friend, Bettye W. Robinson; and a host of nieces, nephews, godchildren and friends. Dr. Leaphart was preceded in death by his younger son Brian Thomas Leaphart.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Memorial Service at 6:30 PM this evening at Radcliffe Presbyterian Church, 286 Hamilton E. Holmes Dr., NW, Atlanta, GA 30318. A wake and family visitation will be held immediately following the Omega Memorial Service. The Celebration of Life and Love for Dr. Wilbur T. Leaphart will be held Saturday, September 7, 2019, at 11:00 AM at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church, 534 Fairburn Road, NW, Atlanta, Georgia. The Reverend Dr. Gregory A. Sutton, Senior Pastor. The Reverend Dr. Andrew L. Stephens, Jr., Officiating. Bishop Alfred L. Norris, Eulogist. Interment will be at Lincoln Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Eta Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi, Inc. Scholarship. Contributions should be sent to the Eta Omega Foundation, Inc. at PO Box 50521, Atlanta, Georgia 30302. The cortege is asked to assemble at the residence at 10:00 AM.