In Loving Memory of

Coretha Perry Leath

07/02/1952 - 11/03/2014

On November 3rd 2014, Coretha Perry Leath, age 62; entered into Paradise to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Coretha was born on July 2, 1952 in Bamberg, SC.  She is preceded in death by her parents Helen Louis Brunson Perry and Johnnie Lee Perry.

She was the Owner of Hope Haven Group Home where she dedicated her life caring for individuals with disabilities. She was also the owner of Leath Fashion & Floral Design (also known as Just One Touch) where she blessed many with her creativity.

Coretha is survived by her husband Carlton Leath and children; Felicity Monroe (Gainesville); Chandra Span (Ray), Tampa, FL; Tammie Cotton (Freeman), Lutz, FL, Christa Williams, Gainesville, FL; Kwanna Williams, Tampa, FL;  Carlton Leath Jr., Gainesville, FL. Grandchildren, Deonte Lewis, Kadjiah Slater, Tyrone Wiley, Titianna Wiley, Raymond Benefield II, Jeffery Larkins Jr., Taniya Merricks, Kayla Barrow, Mariah Titer and one great grandchild Jordyn Jackson .

Home going services will be held on Saturday, November 08, 2014 at 11:00am at Compassionate Outreach Ministries, located at 320 S.E. 43rdStreet Gainesville, FL 32641. Burial will follow at Forest Meadows Memorial Park West in Jonesville. There will be a visitation at Forest Meadows Funeral Home on Friday, November 07, 2014 from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Donations may be made to the Hope Haven Group Home at 3416 NW 61st PL, Gainesville, FL  32653

Family and friends will meet at 10:00am at the home of Coretha Leath located at 3416 NW 61stPlace, Gainesville, FL 32653 to form the funeral cortege.

Funeral Arrangements are under the care of Forest Meadows Funeral Homes and Cemeteries, 725 NW 23rd Ave, Gainesville, FL  32609 (352)378-2528, Please sign Coretha’s online guestbook at

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  1. Yvonne Flores at · Reply

    Your wonderful Mom was an amazing lady, and I feel privileged to have known her. I know you will miss her deeply. I’ll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

    David, Yvonne, Daniel & Keziah

  2. Shirley Childs at · Reply

    Sis Coreatha was a true woman of GOD and Displayed her love for individuals. Disabled and mentally challenged in her group home, she call Hope Haven. I was blessed to. See her lovingly take. Care of thrm like her family. She only gave them the best. And. Required this from her staff to show only love, patience. She was very talented in sooo many ways. She blessred my family with her beautiful talent and decorations,her dress shop, her love for Christ was shown daily with all who met her. Tammy, mr carlton and rest of family. Your wife and mothe r was a very special person to. All and she will forever ve with you all as your guardian angel. She forever with be with each of you in spirit. Weeping may endure for a night, but GOD will give you his JOY and Peace to Endure, He will never leave or Forsake you. She is now taking her Much needed. Rest in our. lord and Savior Strong and Holy Arms. Sis Coreatha. Was a warrior of the Lord in his Army fot righteousness. And Holiness. Amen.

    Sis Shirley Childs


    To the bereaved family of Coretha Leath: It is at this time I send my prayers and condolences to you all. I met Coretha while employed at the Loften Center where I worked with and became very fond of 2 of the girls that she had in her group home and attended the center, Cindy Dixon and Jean Bridges. Of all the people that I knew that had group homes and worked with the mentally challenged, Coretha was by far the most LOVING and GENUINE with her babies as she so affectionately called them. She always exemplified and expressed love with everyone that I personally saw her interact with. I’ve never known or seen her return or do a wrong for a wrong, but would love you in spite of. I can say that she was a woman of GOD, she didn’t just “talk the talk” she “walked the walk”. She left an example for each of us to follow. Family, you have so much to be proud of your loved one was beautiful fom the inside out and treated people with love and kindness!! Cherish the precious and private memories that she shared with you individually and pass it on. I know that this will be a difficult time as you mourn your loss, lean on the Lord and each other for strength. I pray that GOD gives you peace and comfort in your private momemts of grieving. With Deepest Sympathy, Verlinda McDaniel

  4. Rafeal&Diane Grundy at · Reply

    with deepest sympathy the god of love and peace will be with you 2nd Corinthians 13:11 when Our heart are hurting from the loss of one we love the courage that we truly need comes only from above but may you find some comfort in this time you’re going through just knowing many thoughts and prayers are always there with you love you THE Grundy &Belle&Bradley.

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