Shooting the Breeze with Marsha Ann
Shooting the Breeze with Marsha Ann
Chatting with Center Motor Company Officer Manager, Leslie Leathers
I was born on September 1,1968 in DeQueen, AR, my parents were Paul and Sybil Melancon......yes, I'm a Cajun from Arkansas, now living in Texas! I had the typical childhood of someone my age. I enjoyed playing outside, riding my bike, coloring, playing with my dolls, going to the river but most of my life revolved around the church. Family was everything and I was lucky to grow up with all my aunts, uncles and cousins near by. My grandparents were also a huge part of my life, I learned all my fishing skills from my papaw and all my cooking skills from my mamaw. I have friends that I have known my entire life and are still close to even though we live miles apart.
At a young age I found that I was a pretty talented artist and that was pretty much all I cared about during High School. I attended the University of Central Arkansas on an art scholarship where I studied Graphic Design. Later, I found that I also loved retail and I was working as an Area Sales Manager for Foley's when I met my future husband, Rickey Leathers. We got married in 1999 and moved to Timpson because he owned some land and we thought it would be a nice place to settle down. I first worked in the oilfield until that took a nose dive and then I went to the City of Timpson as City Secretary. I stayed there 4 years until I recently took the Office Manager position at Center Motor Company.
Me and Rick have two boys, Blaze and Shelton. Blaze who just turned 16, loves everything outdoors, he'd much rather be hunting or fishing than being in the classroom. Shelton is 13, he is my social butterfly. He plays Junior High football for the Bears and is in everything at school. Rickey works for McAdams Propane and he also loves the outdoors, hunting is his main passion. We all love to ride ATV's and we look forward to riding the mountains of Arkansas with friends several times a year.
When I was growing up, I never imagined that I would ever live in Texas, much less a small town like Timpson. But after 20 years, this is definitely the place that I call home.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
My most embarrassing moment was in college. I had a a photography class and to get to that building, I would have to walk in front of the boys dorm. Well, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I made sure that I was all done up with my makeup and hair as it was on these days that I would have the pleasure of strolling in front of all the guys on the way to class. On one particular day, I was really dolled up, mini skirt and white pantyhose to be exact. As I reached the very front of the infamous dorm, the most embarrassing thing happened. I tripped on part of the sidewalk and I plummeted to the ground, my mini skirt was at my waist and blood was running down my torn white pantyhose from my skinned knees. Mortified, I quickly got to my feet and straightened my skirt and ran back to my room and cried for hours. From that day forward, I would take the long way to class, I never crossed in front of the boys dorm ever again.
If you could switch places with any man on Earth for a week who would you choose and why?
That's a no brainer, I would definitely switch places with Houston Astro, Jose Altuve. Some folks would go for someone more powerful but to me Altuve is the epitome of greatness. The way he came from nothing to defy all odds and become a great baseball player and publicly stand up for his beliefs and faith in God, to me is heroic. Plus, he gets to play in the World Series!
Question #3: What is your most useless talent?
Well I definitely have talents that I don't use but my most useless talent is that I can recite the prologue to Canterbury Tales in Old English. When I had Senior English in High School, Mr. Holcomb made us memorize and recite the prologue in front of our class. Today, I forget why I walked into a room, yet I can still remember an assignment from 1986!
Question #4: Who had the most influence on you when you were growing up and how?
The person who had the most influence on me when I was growing up was my mother. She was definitely the strongest person I have ever known and she continued to influence my life as I grew into adulthood. As a child she made sure that all my needs were met, I was in church every time the doors opened and her and my dad showed me what true love was all about. My dad passed away when I was 18, I had been away in college for 2 months when our worlds were turned upside down. She had one daughter that had just left home and a nine year old daughter to finish raising by herself. She took on all the responsibilities of the home and all while having a career. During my younger, more ignorant years, I'm sure that I took my mother for granted. However, as I matured, I realized just how hard it must have been for her and I looked at her with great admiration. My mom was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014 and we lost her in late 2015. Even through all her treatments and hardships, she never faltered in her beliefs or ever questioned God. She never broke down, in front of me anyway, that wasn't her style. She never had a Facebook account, but loved to read the newspaper, she was definitely old fashioned but in a good way. I strive everyday to become more like her.
I have started doing something a little different with Shooting the Breeze. I have begun letting the folks I shoot the breeze with, describe their childhood and life. I try my best to describe them but I think folks are better at describing themselves and childhood. I hope y’all like the change! Remember to always support our commUNITY!