Leah McPherson

Leah McPherson

Leah Hewitt McPherson, 33, beloved daughter, sister, wife and mother, of 723 Menola Saint John Road, Ahoskie, NC died Monday, October 28, 2013 in Vidant Memorial Hospital, Greenville, NC. Leah was born on June 26, 1980 in Elizabeth City, NC to Rebecca Cartwright Morgan of Elizabeth City, NC and Lindsey Warren Hewitt of Virginia. She was the wife of Clay McPherson. Leah was a second grade school teacher with Faulkland Elementary School, Faulkland, NC. Her favorite past-time was spending time with her friends, reading and enjoying her time at the beach at the Outer Banks.

Besides her husband, Clay, and her parents, Leah is survived by her daughter, Anna Elizabeth McPherson of the home; her step father, Tom Morgan of Elizabeth City, NC; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Weston and Sandra McPherson of Kill Devil Hills, NC; her maternal grandfather, Ernest “Rabbit” Cartwright of Elizabeth City, NC; paternal step grandmother, Doris Morgan of Corapeake, NC; a brother, Ashton Hewitt of Elizabeth City, NC; a step sister, Leigh Markham of South Mills, NC and two step brothers, James Morgan of Sunbury, NC and John Morgan of Corapeake, NC; a sister-in-law, Stephanie McPherson Astley and husband Chris of York, PA; and two nieces, Sarah Helms and Betsy McPherson Astley of York, PA.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, November 1, 2013 at 11:00am at City Road United Methodist Church, by Rev. Charles McKenzie. Burial will be in West Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives at Twiford Funeral Home, Church St., Thursday evening from 7:00 until 8:30pm, also immediately following the church service and at other times at the home of John and Sarah Pugh, 900 Riverside Avenue, Elizabeth City, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Anna McPherson Memorial Fund, c/o B. B. & T., 1000 W. Ehringhaus Street, Elizabeth City, NC, 27909, Attention: Lisa Bazemore. Twiford Funeral Home, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the McPherson family. Online memorial condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com.

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  1. Doug & Linda Temple

    Clay, Becky and Lindsey: We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both now and in the coming weeks.

  2. Connie Benline & Mike Hrutkay

    Clay & Anna, I know there is nothing anyone can do to begin to ease your pain right now. God has truly taken an Angel. Know that you both are loved and Leah will always be with you both. Praying for courage and strength to get through these difficult days.

  3. Karre' Saunders Glover

    Clay and family: No words could ever be sufficient; just know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. Amy and Gary Underhill

    To Leah’s Family and Friends, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May your memories bring you comfort.

  5. Philliip & Bonnie Jernigan

    To the McPherson & Hewitt families, May our Heavenly Father bless and comfort you during this time of sorrow. You are in our thoughts & prayers.

  6. Tanya Spear

    Clay and family:Im sure this a very difficult time for everyone. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Dr. Lady Aycock/ Dr. Steven Steinberg, Hannah and Eli

    Leah was such a special friend to our family. Hannah and Eli loved her so much. We will never be the same knowing she is not just a phone call or visit away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.



  9. Joyce B. Harris

    Becky,Clay,Ashton & family: My prayers and support are extended to you during this time. May you seek HIS strength to hold you strong together in the days to come.
    Leah was a very special person that I will always remember. Keep her memories alive for Anna, as she will depend on you for those special times. May God’s grace be with you always.

  10. Miriam Godwin

    I have never been a fan of poetry, but one verse from William Wordsworth’s Ode on Intimations of Immortality has always stayed with me. In my attempts to mentally process the joy and sorrow facing Leah’s friends & family, this verse came to my mind:

    “What though the radiance which was once so bright
    Be now for ever taken from my sight,
    Though nothing can bring back the hour
    Of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower;
    We will grieve not, rather find
    Strength in what remains behind.”

    My heart is broken for you Clay, baby Anna, Becky, Sandra and Weston, Stephanie, and all the friends and family Leah has left behind. You are all in my prayers and haven’t left my thoughts since the moment I heard. I am so sorry.



  11. Michele Seelow

    I work with Sandra. My sincerest condolences to you, Clay, and your family and Leah’s family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  12. Faye and Sonny Howell

    Clay, Baby Anna, Becky, Tom, Ashton and all the Family,
    Our love and prayers are with you in
    this difficult time. May happy memories help to sustain you now and all the days to come. God Bless.

  13. Donna B. Rackley

    I have been praying for all if you since I heard about your loss of Leah. I remember her sweet nature. I will continue praying for peace and comfort and that Jesus will carry you through the days to come.

  14. Julie Willingham

    Thoughts and prayers being sent to the Family and Friends of Leah, and to Clay & sweet baby Anna. No words will ease the pain of loosing a loved one but always remember she will live in your heart. Hope over the days to come and many more that you will find peace and comfort. Leah was one of the sweetest young ladies that I’ve known and she will surely be missed by everyone.

  15. Catherine Perry Gardner

    My heart breaks for all of you, Clay, Anna, Sandra, Weston and all of Leah’s family. May Anna be your strength and hope for the future. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

  16. John, Ann & Jason Denscombe

    Becky, Ashton, Clay and family,
    Words cannot express our sorrow. We are all so sad. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  17. Timothy Libby

    Clay and Anna I can not say how sorry I am for your lost. There is nothing that can be said to take away the pain. I do know time and being strong for Anna and remebering the great time will. my thoughs and prayers be with you

  18. Christie Kight Lewter

    I am so sorry for your loss. Word can not express my sorrow and how I feel for you and your family. Just know that I will continue to keep all of you in my prayers throughout this time.

  19. Ellen Crutchley

    I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for everyone. Clay baby Anna Sandra Weston and the rest of the family.

    Ellen Crutchley

  20. Linda Speight

    We are so sorry and broken hearted about Leah. Our thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you. May God comfort you as only He can.

    Linda, Darren and Hannah Speight
    Doris Ferrell

  21. Kimberly Kaighn

    My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family and with each and every friend! My condolences are especially with little Anna! May God give you peace!

  22. Laura Stainback

    Words can not even express my sorrow for the family, clay and baby anna. My thoughts and prayers are with yall at such a difficult time.

    No words will ease the pain but always remember she will forever live in your heart!!

    Laura Stainback

  23. Robyn Nix Culpepper

    To Leah’s loved ones, Being present nearly daily in Leah’s early childhood, watching her grow up and become a kind and beautiful young woman, I felt like she was part of my own family. I’ll never forget her constant smile!
    My parents were her “Nana & Poppie” and they loved Leah very much. We all did. Leah will always be as dear to me as a little sister. My prayers are with you all.

  24. Hakima Whitley(mother of a student)

    To the family of Leah McPherson, My heart goes out to the family; I can’t emphasize enough, how sorry I am for your lost. Mrs. McPherson was not just an awesome teacher for Falkland; she was a mother to her students, a friend, a counselor, so very caring and loving. She was truly an angel that will be missed but never forgotten. I know that heaven has just gain another angel. Mrs.McPherson was a blessing to me and my children, and I am so glad to have known her.

  25. Wayne & Jeneane Raper

    So very sorry for your loss, I know there are no right words to say at this time but just wanted the family to know you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you the strength and comfort you need.

  26. Jack and Gail Ward

    Our thoughts and prayers for your family at this painful time. May you find peace and comfort through the love of those around you.

  27. Melinda Culver

    My heart breaks for the pain you must be suffering. Praying for peace for you in this terrible loss.

  28. Jennifer Bonney

    Becky, Tom, Ashton, and Clay . . . my heart goes out to all of you. She was a very beautiful young woman inside and out and loved all of you very much.

  29. Bonnie and TP Winslow

    We would like to send our deepest sympathy, prayers and love to the family at this most difficult time. May God comfort you all as only He can.
    Bonnie and TP Winslow
    (Ryan and Ashley’s parents)

  30. Donna M. Keith RN

    Clay and Anna, My heart is heavy. I wish I knew what to say but I am at a loss for words. Please know I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  31. Tracy Banks Lane

    Clay, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Anna is a beautiful little girl. May God give you all the strength & comfort you need. God bless!

  32. Sam and Lori Bloodworth

    So deeply sorry about Leah! I know you are going to make the best Daddy for Anna, stay strong! Praying for you and your family!

  33. Cathy Gray


    I am so very sorry for the loss of Leah. My heart goes out to you, Baby Anna, your family, and Leah’s. Words just aren’t enough to describe the sadness I feel for you. It is so very painful to lose someone so special.

    Cathy Gray (Leslie Calemine’s sister in New Bern)

  34. r. & Mrs. E. Vernon Cartwright, Jr.

    Our deepest sympathy to the entire Family.
    We regret our circumstances will not permit us joining the family in celebrating Liah’s life.
    Our Love and blessings go out to all the family.

  35. Barbara W Wilson

    Becky and Tom, I am so so sorry. I just read this today and I had to stop to cry because I still can’t get over my own son’s death and I know what a hard road this is. I love you guys and I pray for peace. You will see her again. Hold on to that thought for all time. I’ll call you soon. Barbara Wilson

  36. Carson & Kacey Stallings

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family during this difficult time. May your memories bring you comfort.

  37. Eddie Cherry

    Becky, Tom, and family—-you are in my thoughts and prayers–may God be with you during this sad time.

  38. Lisa Meads Alvarez

    Thinking of you daily. Prayer for peace for Clay and family. So sorry for your loss.
    Lisa, Mark, and Kai

  39. cindy

    Dear Clay and Baby Anna, I am so sorry for your loss. Leah was a beautiful, bright, energetic you woman who loved her family so very much. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  40. Mandy Harris

    No words can describe what a terrible tragedy this is for you Clay. Know that we have you in our thoughts and prayers. Dear sweet Leah will be your guardian angel watching over you, and Anna. My prayers are also with all of Clay and Leah’s family and friends.

    Mandy, and Scott

  41. Geoffrey Bridges

    To Becky and Leah’s family: my heart aches for you all. Leah had a unique way of taking all the love in a room and multiplying it by a million. She had a very special light that, although she’s left this world, continues to shine through her memory and through the beauty of her Anna.

  42. Marie Crabtree

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Leah. Praying for Clay, Baby Anna, family and friends in this difficult time. May your days be strengthened in Him with peace and comfort.

  43. Heather Stancil

    There are no words to convey how very sorry and sad we are to hear about Leah. Clay, Anna, and the entire family are very much in our thoughts and prayers.

    The Hayes family (Belmont, NC)

  44. Patricia S Townsend

    To the McPherson & Hewitt Morgan Families, Our thoughts and prayers will always be with you.

    Pasquotank County High School Family

  45. Carolyn and Clarence Jennings

    Dear Clay , Becky, and all the family,
    Words just don’t express the sense of loss and sympathy that Clarence and I feel for all of you. We hope that knowing how you are surrounded by love and comfort from the community will help ease some small amount of the sorrow that you are feeling. Praying for peace in your pain and loss.

  46. Bettina Dickert

    You are in my thoughts and prayers and may peace come to each of you as you mourn the loss of Leah.

  47. Jesse & Rhonda Wood

    Clay & Family,
    Thoughts & Prayers are with you & your family now & in the days to follow.

    Jesse & Rhonda Wood

  48. Judy Rogerson Cox

    My heart aches for you and your family. May God bless and keep you in the days to come. I hope you will find some comfort in knowing that she is now safely in the arms of Jesus. Love, Judy

  49. Molli Tadlock DeRosa


    Please know that you and sweet Anna are in the thoughts of so many people. May you find comfort knowing that you are surrounded by love and prayers. Every day that you look at that precious baby girl, Leah is with you. She will always be with you.


    Molli, JJ, Kelli and J.R.

  50. Janet Folkes Holtz

    Words seem inadequate at this difficult time. Just wanted all of you to know I care. All of Leah’s family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  51. Georgine

    May our Lord, Jesus Christ hold each of you in the palm of His Almighty hand as you allow Him to lead you through this difficult time. Many questions in this life we will understand in eternity.

  52. Kathleen Hess

    Dear Sandra and Weston,
    Thinking of you and your family at this time of great sadness. My prayers are with you.

  53. Phil Trueblood


    I know I was a pain in the butt when you were tasked with teaching me, but know that you made a lasting impression on my life. I only knew Leah from playing with her after school in your class room while I was getting extra help, but that is how I remeber her. As a happy go lucky eight year old who loved hanging out with her mom. I wish I could be there tonight to give you a big hug and maybe find some way to help you as you always found a way to help me. Just know that am thinking of you and have been for the last 22 years. If you need anything, JJ Twiford can get in touch with me.

    Phil Trueblood

  54. Velma Gray

    Dear Becky, Clay, Tom, Aston, Sandra and Weston…My heart breaks for you all. Only God can help you during the the trying hours ahead and I know He will comfort you with wonderful memories of your precious Leah as only He can. You will remain in my prayers.

    Velma Gray

  55. Paul & Charlotte Pureza

    Clay, Becky & Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Paul and Charlotte Pureza

  56. Paula and Garry Mickey

    Becky, You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time. So sorry for your loss.

  57. Jennifer Fishel

    I used to work with Leah years ago. She always had a smile and kind words for everyone she touched. I am still in disbelief and shock of her passing. Your family is in my prayers during this difficult time. May God comfort you with happy memories and her beautiful smile.
    Dr Jennifer FIshel

  58. Margie and Bill Hooper

    You all are in our thoughts and prayers. We don’t have the words to express our sorrow for your loss. One of our sorrows is that we did not know her, but she must have been a very special woman and would have been a great mother. Anna will be blessed by her legacy.

  59. David Donis and Pepi Crespo

    We are so sorry and we know words can never heal your loss. But Please know that you and your beautiful baby are always in our prayers.

    Love you brother.

    God bless

  60. Gwen Lewis

    May God bless and comfort you and your family during this difficult time.

    Psalm 61:2 “From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

  61. Terence and Brandy Whidbee

    Clay, Anna and family,
    You are in our prayers, may God watch over you and help you through this tough time. Please know that you will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love, The Whidbee Family

  62. Becky, Tom, Ashton, Clay, Weston, and Sandra,

    I want you all to know how very sorry I am for the lost of your loved one, Leah. May God continue to give you the strength you all need to get through this devastating time. Remember the wonderful memories that were made on earth, and His love will see you through. May the good Lord continue to hold you all in His Heavenly hands.

  63. Jim and Shirley Waddell

    Becky, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful daughter. I remember her as a little girl and also I remember her as a student at NHS. My prayers are continuing to go up for you and Leah’s father, brother, and for her husband and baby daughter. I know that special baby girl will bring you comfort as her mother lives on in her. May God comfort all of you.

    Shirley and Jim Waddell

  64. Molly Alexander

    Dear Clay and Sandra, Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. Baby Anna is such a blessing to you. We love you. Molly Alexander

  65. Bobbi White

    Clay, Anna, Sandra, Weston, and Stephanie-
    Wayne and I are so very sorry for the loss of your sweet Leah. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. No one will ever understand why God needed Leah more than Anna and Clay, but He did. Rely on your faith and memories to share with Anna so she will know how wonderful her mother was and how much she meant to all of you. Anna will always be your link to Leah.

  66. Julie Bridges

    Becky & Family and Clay & Family,

    I cannot begin to fathom the pain you all are suffering now, Leah was so special. One look at Anna and you see that the”specialness” has passed to her. Hold Leah and Anna in your hearts and arms and perhaps you can have some of thei
    r grace! Julie Bridges

  67. Joyce Little Wilkins

    Clay and family,
    Words can offer little comfort with such a tragedy but I just wanted to let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Joyce(Little), Keith and family

  68. Billie (Renee) Marshall

    Sandra and Weston,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I am lifting you and your family up in prayer for peace and comfort. Trust in Him and remember, “I can do all things in Christ Who Strengthens me.”


  69. Mary Briggs

    I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort for Clay, Anna and the rest of Leah’s family.

  70. Dawn L. Lane

    Becky and Family: It is with deepest expression to say I am truly sorrowful for the recent loss of your daughter. In God’s Grace, will his hand and heart be with you and your family. Love, Dawn Louise

  71. Sylvia Lewis and Chris Sawyer

    There is no greater pain than the death of a child. My thoughts are with you. You will survive because you have others in your life that love you. Please know that it will get easier to bear with time and that memories are very valuable.

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