Sharlene Arlette (Scotton) Leach

August 21, 1944 ~ February 28, 2024 (age 79) 79 Years Old

Sharlene Leach Obituary

Mrs. Sharlene Arlette Leach (Scotton), 79, of 2043 Chandler Village Drive, Graham, NC, transitioned from earthly life to life everlasting on February 28, 2024. Sharlene was born August 21, 1944, in High Point, N.C., to the late Rev. Charles Manuel Scotton, Sr. and the late Elizabeth Johnson Scotton. In addition to her parents, Sharlene was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Durrell Coe Leach, siblings Charles Manuel Scotton, Jr., her twin sister Marlene Yvonne Scotton Moore, and a granddaughter, Jasmine Edwards.

Sharlene was a lifelong resident of High Point. She attended the city's public schools, graduating from William Penn Class of 1962. She furthered her education, earning a degree in Business at Ashmore College. She would spend the next thirty-plus years in the Broadcasting Industry (WGHP FOX-8) in multiple positions, culminating as the Human Resources director. 

Sharlene was a shining light wherever she went. Whenever you saw her, she was adorned from head to toe, from her beautiful jewelry, her hat, her sunglasses, her fashion-forward style, and her chic and stylish shoes. She never missed a moment to add a little turquoise to every outfit, often leaving you with her infectious smile and a wink that let you know you were special to her.

Her most beloved moments were spent with her grandchildren, from the oldest to the youngest. She was very honored to be the grandmother of twin boys as she was a twin (Sharlene and Marlene). Whether she was sharing her wisdom, wit, or seasoned advice, her grandchildren found love in her every word and will forever treasure the time they spent with her.

For many years, in Sharlene's spare time, you could find her with her beloved husband, playing 18 holes on the golf course and has hit a hole-in-one more than once. She loved to read and was a part of the Blue Saffire Book Club. She occasionally traveled with her daughter to share their reading adventures with women from all walks of life. Even then, Sharlene was the life of the party. She was endeared, and her impression was memorable.

Sharlene's bigger-than-life personality, professionalism, and managerial skills allowed her to be the Human Resources Director that many would come to appreciate and never forget. The expressions of love and heartfelt tributes reflect how she impacted those she helped become better employees. She was "the face, the heart, and the soul of the station.

Celebrating Sharlene was easy. For many years, family and friends would gather at her son's home to celebrate her birthday. During these precious moments, you could find her dancing the night away. She loved music and enjoyed listening to everything from Jazz to R&B to Gospel.

Sharlene will be cherished by her Jones/Scotton Family, with many cousins who often reflect on their lives over the years. While she is no longer with us, the bonds that they share are everlasting.

While in her final years and in declining health, she maintained her infectious spirit and love for life, which she greatly attributed to the continuous loving care provided, especially by her daughter, Marnita, her son-in-law, Chris, her grandchildren Keisha and Jay, and her Great-Grandson Isaiah.

Her immediate family left to cherish her everlasting memories is one son, Gunnery Sergeant Delathan Manuel Knight, U.S. Marine Corp (ret.) (Dianne), of Greensboro, N.C., and one daughter, Marnita Knight Edwards (Dr. Christopher L. Edwards, Duke University Medical Center (ret.) of Durham, N.C. Two sisters, Stephanie Boulware and Carla Boulware of High Point, N.C. Seven Grandchildren: Lakeisha, Delathian, Shapera, Jay, Natavia, DeLathia, and Kennedy; ten great-grandchildren. Special nephew Thomas O. Moore, II (Patricia)of Marietta, Ga.; special nieces, Monica Y. Fisher (Min. Mark Fisher) of Stafford, Va., and Carla Smith (Andre) of Greensboro, N.C; special friend, Nagatha Tonkins of Greensboro, NC and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and several close friends.

A Celebration of Life Service will take place on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at First Emmanuel Baptist Church, 833 Leonard Avenue, High Point.  The family will receive visitors and friends from 11:30 to 12 noon. and the service will begin at noon.  Burial will follow at Floral Gardens Memorial Park.

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March 9, 2024

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
First Emmanuel Baptist Church (Leonard Ave)

Funeral Service
March 9, 2024

12:00 PM
First Emmanuel Baptist Church (Leonard Ave)


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