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Shirley Dorene Britton Leaphart

Shirley Dorene Britton Leaphart
  • January 29, 1937 - January 19, 2017
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • American Diabetes Association
    107 West Park Blvd. Suite 220
    Columbia, SC 29210
  • American Kidney Foundation
    14440 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
    Tampa, FL 33613
  • Parents and Guardians Association, Coastal Center
    9995 Miles Jamison Road
    Summerville, SC 29485

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“Dear John, I was son sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. I remember so well the times we spent together in Mountain Home. My thoughts and prayers...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Kay Houck

“John, So sorry to hear about the loss of your wife, Shirley. You & I only knew each other for a few short months in Udorn where we flew a bunch of...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: KEN LANG - Beavercreek, OH

“John,I'm so sad to hear that you've lost you're lovely Shirley. Vicki Bernholtz, who can no longer respond due to loss of vision, asked me to send...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Chuck Korus - Morrison, CO

“John, I never knew Shirley. But you and I met at Udorn 1969. I was Griff's tactics officers for the squadron. And I remember clearly the day you came...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Frank Roberts - Ft Walton Beach, FL

“Is saddens my heart to hear of Shirley's passing. ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Roland "Rich" Richardson - Sumter, SC

“Dear Leaphart Family~ I hate to hear of the passing of Mrs. Leaphart. I babysat for you all so many years ago, but I still have wonderful memories...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Renette Richardson-Wongrey - SC

“Sorry for your loss. I lost Marietta in Austin in 1981. Try and hang in there! Have a blessed day.Carl Drostewckh ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Carl Drost - Frankston, Texas, TX

“dear John & family's..my sympathy and prayers in hearing about Shirley's death...I remember our days together as Air Force wives so well. it has...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Jeri Pearce - as vegas, NV

“You will be missed by many. Be with God. ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Karl Naugle - Family Friend

“Shirley was a wonderful, caring lady, who maintained her spirit throughout her illness. She will be sorely missed by all.Edith and Roland Crane ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“Marsha and I send our deepest sympathnies ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Eddie Weekley - Mount Pleasant, SC

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. I hope that the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:14 can bring comfort. Knowing...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: D C


Shirley Dorene Britton Leaphart of Mount Pleasant, SC passed into eternal rest on January 19, 2017, just 10 days before her 80th birthday. Her memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 22, 2017 in J. HENRY STUHR, MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL at 5:00 p.m. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. A reception will follow the service.

She was the birth daughter of Lester and Dorene Britton, however Lester died before Shirley was born. Lester's sister Elizabeth Britton Lemmon and her husband John David of Sumter, SC agreed to raise Shirley and her older sister, Nancy Louise Britton Jackson. Shirley graduated from Edmunds High School in 1955 and entered nursing training at Toumey Hospital in Sumter. She was a dedicated wife and mother and retired medical office assistant, noted for her charm, beauty, courage, strength and caring for others.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Retired Air Force Colonel John L. Leaphart of Mt. Pleasant, a son, David Kirk Leaphart of Mt. Pleasant; a daughter, Donna Monique Leaphart Turner Jones and her husband, Daniel Jones of North Charleston; a grandson, Zachary David Turner, also of North Charleston; a sister, Nancy Britton Jackson of Richmond, Virginia. Nancy lovingly gave Shirley a kidney in 1989 which greatly extended her life. Shirley is also survived by many cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her youngest son, Dirk Leaphart.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to one of Shirley's favorite charities: American Diabetes Association, 107 West Park Blvd., Suite 220, Columbia, SC 29210, American Kidney Foundation, 14440 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL 33613 or Parents and Guardians Association, Coastal Center, 9995 Miles Jamison Road, Summerville, SC 28485; or simply sign an organ donor card.