“It is a cliché to say that somebody is one-of-a-kind, but his mark on journalism with respect to this position at Castle Heights left a tremendous impression on so many students,” said Sam Hatcher, publisher of The Wilson Post and a former student of “Col.” Leftwich. “He was an accomplished journalist himself, at one time he was a regular columnist for The Tennessean and more recently The Lebanon Democrat. His heart was always in journalism.”
After retiring from Castle Heights, he continued his association with newspapers, serving as a correspondent for The Tennessean and was for many years writing a weekly column for The Lebanon Democrat.
He managed a family real estate business and was active in the community. In 1980 he was chairman of the board for the Lebanon / Wilson County Chamber of Commerce and in 1993 he was awarded a Lifetime Membership.
His former editors and CHMA students are endowing a scholarship in his honor to be awarded to a student at Cumberland University. He was a member of First United Methodist Church where he was actively involved.
The memorial service was conducted by Dr. Mike Ripski and Brother David Hesson.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Lynda (Glyn) Newton, Jim (Page) Leftwich, Barbara (Jim) Froula and Jack Leftwich; nine grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Lebanon First United Methodist Church or the Castle Heights Alumni JB Leftwich Scholarship Fund (National CHMA Association, c/o Susan Hosier, 1045 Woodmont Drive, Gallatin TN 37066).
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.