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John Richard Lehman

Sep 29, 2018

John Richard Lehman, 77, died July 25, 2018 at Conway Medical Center in Conway, South Carolina with his beloved wife of 41 years by his side.

John was born May 17, 1941 in Washington, D.C., the son of the late June Walker Lehman and the late Howard Lehman.

John graduated from Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia, Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, West Virginia with a bachelors degree in education and received a masters degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.

He taught in schools in Boonsboro, Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, Shepherdstown and Hedgesville. He also served as a guidance counselor at Edmundson High School in Baltimore and at Shepherdstown Junior High School, where he later taught English.

John married the love of his life, Mary Corcoran, in Trinity Episcopal Church, in Shepherdstown in 1977. Together they founded a publishing company, Lehman Media Company, and published the Eastern Panhandle Real Estate Guide, the Panhandle Tourist Guide and Panhandle Auto Guide. John and Mary also founded The Shepherdstown Chronicle, a weekly newspaper in 1991, and the monthly publication, The Shepherdstown Observer, in 2004. They moved to Conway, South Carolina in 2012 after they retired.

In addition to his wife, Mary, John is survived by his daughters: Debi Cook (Ken), Erin Ackman (Brian) and son Tim Coolidge (Donna); six grandchildren: Kenda Thurston (Hance), Whitney Steele (BJ), Brandon Cook (Russanna) and TJ, Sam and Sarah Coolidge; and 8 great grandchildren: Kacie, Audrey, Madeline and Gavin Thurston; Mackenzie Steele; and Ryne, Lucy and Landon Cook. He is also survived by his sister, Martha Lehman Folsom, and her husband, Dr. Kenneth Folsom, of Boca Raton, Florida; nephews, Lane, Tom and Craig Folsom; and niece Ali Folsom Bethel.

In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by a brother, Fred Lehman, in 1949.

A funeral service was held for John at Temple Shalom in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with Rabbi David Weissman officiating. Burial was private.

Donations in memory of John may be made to Friends Fur Life Rescue in Berkeley Springs (friendsfurliferescue.com) or the animal rescue organization of your choice.