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Theresa "Teri" Johnson Leinbach

Theresa "Teri" Johnson Leinbach
  • March 27, 1964 - May 15, 2018
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • For those wishing to make memorial contributions in lieu of flowers the family wishes that they be made to
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
    81 Gadsden Street
    Charleston, SC 29401

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“Very sad news. Teri was a wonderful person and she will not be forgotten ”
1 of 28 | Posted by: Robert Sutton - Myrtle Beach, SC

“We were so sad to hear of this. She was a beautiful, smart lady! Sending our love! Tammy, Ken, Michael and Tradd Teigen ”
2 of 28 | Posted by: A friend

“I was so very sad to read that Teri has passed away. Prayers for her family. ”
3 of 28 | Posted by: A friend

“So sad to hear of Teri's passing- she was certainly a beautiful person inside & out. She will be sorely missed. Peace be with her and family at...Read More »
4 of 28 | Posted by: Mikell Scarborough - Charleston, SC

“My earliest memory of Teri was our moms talking over the back fence on the day that Elvis died. From then, memories are continuous through high...Read More »
5 of 28 | Posted by: Earle Ashbaugh - Concord, NC

“I have such happy memories of Terri and her precious family. They were all such an inspiration to me. God has welcomed another one of his children...Read More »
6 of 28 | Posted by: Carol Duncan - Bremen, AL

“Fly with the Angels, Teri. You are free and you are healed. Godspeed.My deepest condolences to those who knew and loved Teri. May comfort be found in...Read More »
7 of 28 | Posted by: Ellen Matheson - Charleston, SC

“Being in high school with Terri, I still remember so many times painting pep rally posters on her Mom and Dad's driveway in Sandhurst. We used to...Read More »
8 of 28 | Posted by: Barbie Campbell (formerly Whitley) - NC

“My name is John Gamble,I am also a 1982 Middleton graduate.I did not know Teri,however I could tell that she was a person who loved life and was very...Read More »
9 of 28 | Posted by: John and Devon Gamble - SC

“So sad, but as says the song, our hearts will go on. Bon voyage, Teri! You are in our prayers. ”
10 of 28 | Posted by: Chris Scatliff - Miami Beach, FL

“A very good lawyer, beautiful and perceptive. One remark she made to me influenced my career. I remain in her debt and will remember her favorably. ”
11 of 28 | Posted by: Bob Black - Bozeman, MT

“Teri you will truely be missed by many. We didn't get to hang out much after you moved from Stono Park but I often thought of you and the good times...Read More »
12 of 28 | Posted by: Penny Ray - Charleston, SC

“RISE HIGH...I know God has already gotten you and your daddy..NO MORE SUFFERING..May you both REST IN PEACE...We all will miss you. ”
13 of 28 | Posted by: Debi Scott - Spartenburg, SC

“Teri , so beautiful , Kind, Caring , loving ! You will be greatly missed ! ”
14 of 28 | Posted by: Frankie Gray - Charleston, SC

“Theresa your family has been through so much, but I know our Lord will carry you through. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God...Read More »
15 of 28 | Posted by: Sandra Penton - Jacksonville, AL

“I am so sorry for your loss. I have not seen Teri in many years but have always thought of her as such a nice person. My thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
16 of 28 | Posted by: Paulette Burn Klingel - SC

“I only met Teri a couple of times, and found a connecting feeling with her. She was such a warm and comfortable person to be around. When we looked...Read More »
17 of 28 | Posted by: Boe Campbell - Lake Wateree, SC

“See my Facebook post. ”
18 of 28 | Posted by: Jane Griffin - Charleston, SC

“I knew Terri as a friend that I attended both C.E.Williams Middle School and Middleton High School. She will be missedD ”
19 of 28 | Posted by: Herbert Kearse - Marietta, GA

“I am blessed to have known Teri and be able to call her my friend. She will continue to live in our hearts. She had a deep personal relationship...Read More »
20 of 28 | Posted by: Jim Triplett - ROCK HILL, SC

“Lord..what a nice person she always was..never a mean thing to say about anyone..I have known her since we were in the 5th grade..How to really say...Read More »
21 of 28 | Posted by: Debi Campbell Scott - Spartanburg, SC

“Lord..what a nice person she always was..never a mean thing to say about anyone..I have known her since we were in the 5th grade..How to really say...Read More »
22 of 28 | Posted by: Debi Campbell Scott - Spartanburg, SC

“I met Teri almost two years ago. She was always so kind and always thinking of others. Although she was enduring so much with her illness, she...Read More »
23 of 28 | Posted by: Sharon Bernard - Charleston, SC

“Theresa, Preston, and Family,I'm terribly sorry to hear of Ben and Teri's passing. Mom and Dad have updated me for years about our Northbridge...Read More »
24 of 28 | Posted by: Betsy Polk (formerly Rice) - SC

“Forever in our hearts. You will most certainly be missed. ”
25 of 28 | Posted by: Laree Hensley - Hanahan, SC

“so very sorry for the tragic loss of such a wonderful, kind and beautiful person.... ”
26 of 28 | Posted by: Pam Greco (Jarrett) - Charleston, SC

“Rest in Peace ”
27 of 28 | Posted by: Tammi Mendiola - Cocoa, FL

“Ms Teri I will never forget practically growing up in your condo! Your energy was always the best. You raised such a strong, fun, and kind daughter...Read More »
28 of 28 | Posted by: Emma DeMuth - NEW YORK, NY


Theresa "Teri" Johnson Leinbach, 54, ended her three year battle with leukemia on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 surrounded by her family. Her last case has been won. She has fought a good fight. She has finished the race. She has kept the faith. She has attained her reward. She has moved on to a happier place. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Northbridge Baptist Church, 1160 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, at 11:00 a.m. Family and friends may attend a visitation Friday evening, May 18,2018 in J. HENRY STUHR INC., WEST ASHLEY CHAPEL, 3360 Glenn McConnell Pkwy from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Teri was the mother of Taylor Mackenzie Leinbach and the daughter of Theresa Taylor Johnson and the late Benjamin Earle Johnson both of Charleston, SC. She is also survived by her brother, Preston West Johnson, her sister-in-law, Rhonda Murray Johnson, and her nephew and niece, Preston West Johnson, Jr., and Alexa Lanier Johnson. In addition to her family, Teri is survived by countless loyal and fun-loving friends who loved her well and supported her in innumerable ways throughout her battle with leukemia.

Teri was a 1982 graduate of Middleton High School where she proudly served as class President. She graduated from the College of Charleston in 1985 with a BS in Business, and she obtained her Juris Doctorate Degree from The University of South Carolina School of Law in 1991. She was a member of the South Carolina Bar Association and was a lifelong member of Northbridge Baptist Church where she provided legal counsel and served as a youth Sunday school teacher for many years. On March 28, 2018 she was appointed as a magistrate judge for Charleston County. This appointment was a source of great joy for her in her final months.

Teri lived life fully prior to her illness. She was passionate about her career, time spent with friends, traveling, kayak or boating trips to the Morris Island Light House, and her pets. She also parented and fought cancer sacrificially for her 'Baby Bird', Mackenzie. She was beautiful, spontaneous, fashionable, funny, and compassionate. She had a soft spot for the underdog as demonstrated by her many selfless acts of kindness extended to others. She was a bright spot to all who knew her, and she will be dearly missed.

For those wishing to make memorial contributions in lieu of flowers the family wishes that they be made to The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston, 81 Gadsden Street, Charleston, SC 29401 or The South Carolina Chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 941 Houston Northcutt Blvd #203, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464.