Wesley Scott  Leiphart, 67, of Seagrove, NC left our world on March 4, 2018.

Wes was a passionate gardener, a spiritual philosopher, an educator, a loving husband and father. He loved to say that he worked all his life to support his gardening habit, and being in the beautiful gardens  was his favorite place to be. Honoring the cycle of life, planting, nourishing, harvesting, cutting wood and communing with nature were an integral part of Wes. He was a teacher of many things to many people, kind, thoughtful and provocative. After moving to Seagrove, he took a keen interest in pottery and was a team member at many local wood firings. Wes was the greeter at Jugtown Pottery for all the special events and was the first welcoming face of the morning.

Born in Ephrata,  Pennsylvania, he attended college in NC, traveling some and returning to live here. He worked in the public school system for 32 years, retiring in 2010. He made a strong impact on many of his students, remaining friends with them for life.

He is survived by his wife, Jennie Lorette Keatts of Seagrove, NC;   son, Arthur Wesley Leiphart of Appleton, WI; sisters Kathy White of Pilot Mountain, NC and Malinda Kohr of Lebanon, PA.

A celebration of his life is being planned for later this spring.

Kennedy Funeral Home is serving the family.

Condolences may be made online at pinesfunerals.com


Memories Timeline


  1. Wes was a classmate of mine and we remained in touch through the special people in our lives.-  Wes was also a special person as his story attests.- – 

  2. I will Forever Remember everything you taught me & helped me with!! Although we didn’t exchange this word a lot, I LOVE you Big Brother!!! I miss you deeply…

  3. Wes was a teacher of mine in the mid 70’s when I was in the 8th grade…he was truly one of my favorites. My mother worked at a daycare where Westy stayed while Wes worked, my mom and I just fell in love with them both. Wes was such a kind caring teacher

  4. Mr Leiphart was my german teacher at parkland high school.he was a great teacher and friends to his students.he will be greatly missed but never forgotten

  5. Mr. Leiphart was my German teacher for two years. He was one of my favorite teachers of all time. He was so encouraging and his love for teaching was clear by his passion and commitment. My prayers are with the family.

  6. I never had Mr. Leiphart for classes but when I was at Parkland he would always speak to me in the hallway. The students who had him at Parkland spoke highly of him so I know he was an excellent teacher. Please know that he had an important impact on the

  7. Saddened to hear of the passing of my friend. I first my him in the earliest days of the NC Teaching Academy, and immediately thought he was the coolest guy on the block. Super crazy smart, cynical in the best of ways, and funny as hell. At the time Wes w

  8. Wes was a man of immense intellengence,gentle temperament and seemingly endless energy. His presence in our community will be greatly missed. Our lives were all enriched by the time he spent with us.

  9. Wes was a great teacher.-  He inspired me so much. I am so sad to hear of his passing.-  He will be greatly missed.- 

  10. I am one of the many students whose life was impacted by Mr. Leiphart at Parkland High. He made math understandable and enjoyable for me and I appreciated him greatly for it. He was a great teacher.
    I am praying for the family!

  11. Wes was a thoughtful, caring man who enriched everyone who was lucky enough to have him come into their lives. I will always remember the kindness and generosity that he has shown to me.-  My prayers are for the family and all of his friends to have the s

  12. A great storyteller, a great teacher, lover of life and laughter. He holds a special place in my heart as a teacher and friend.- 

  13. Rest In Peace Wesley . Your quality life touched so many in positive ways . You will be missed Ron Caviness

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