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Born on September 5, 1948, in St. Louis, Missouri, Albert was the third son of Ulice and Alberta Leatherberry. He received his early education at Simmons Elementary and Middle School and later at Sumner High School.
Guided by a deeply rooted religious foundation, Albert embraced Christ at a young age. His faith journey led him to become an active member of Monumental Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as a van driver, contributed to the male chorus, and eventually became a dedicated deacon.
Known affectionately as Tweeza in his younger days, Albert – like many others in the community at that time – frequented hangouts like Beckett Park in the historic Lewis Place neighborhood. In those days, he gained a reputation as a formidable "sharpshooter" in Craps, too. While small in physical stature, Albert showcased an assertive and resolute demeanor that commanded respect.
A dedicated family man, Albert joyously welcomed a beloved son into the world, Edward Dandridge, with whom he shared a profound, special, and enduring connection. A devoted companion, Albert found unparalleled joy when he joined hearts with the love of his life, Ruby. The couple married on September 13, 1993, and their union flourished into a remarkable love story spanning nearly 31 years.
In addition to his roles as a husband and father, Albert placed significant value on hard work. His diverse professional experiences included roles as a confectioner and machine operator at Mavrakos Candy Co., and later as a station attendant at both Shell and Mobil Gas.
Hailing from a family of innately gifted musicians, both vocally and instrumentally, Albert was widely recognized for his dynamic skills as a bass guitarist. Music held a significant place in the Leatherberry family, culminating in Albert and several siblings forming the band Soulful Impact.
Despite a work-related accident that impaired one of his playing fingers, Albert continued to deliver masterful performances on his instrument. He developed a distinctive playing technique, employing rapid-fire "picking" with his index finger to navigate the fretboard with poise and precision.
In the course of time, Albert and his brothers continued to nurture their passion for soul music through regular jam sessions at his home, reveling in favorites such as "Happy Feelings" by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. This tradition continues to this day through his nephews and nieces.
Beyond his musical talents, Albert exhibited exceptional artistic prowess. With a slow-paced and meticulous process that sometimes-spanned months, he could draw faces to near perfection. For Albert, drawing served as both a hobby and a means of decompression.
Upon retirement, Albert embraced a quieter life with his dear wife and other family. When complications with his health compounded, he received care from Breeze Hospice Care and Barnes- Jewish Palliative Care.
Albert peacefully transitioned on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, surrounded by family and other loved ones. He joins his heavenly home preceded by his parents, Ulice and Alberta Leatherberry, and siblings Ulice Jr., Stanley, John, Carl, Corine, and Thelma. He is lovingly remembered by his surviving wife, Ruby, son Edward (Doretha), brothers Jerry, Anthony, and Richard, sisters Gloria and Sonya, grand and great-grandchildren Tiayonda, Jasmine, Edward Jr., Ambrose, Jaylen, Jala, Ace, his extended grand and great-grandchildren, and a large village of close nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.