B.A.S.S. Tournament Team contractor Max Leatherwood passed away peacefully this morning after a battle with cancer. After retiring from teaching Max started working as a Tournament Assistant in 2006 initially with the Women’s Bassmaster Tour. His duties the first couple of years included driving equipment to events, set up, tear down and working the tournaments during the week. But through his hard work ethic and leadership, Max soon became one of the B.A.S.S. lead contract Tournament Assistants including leading all of the contract teams. He handled all measuring of bass, calls on dead or alive and making sure anglers did not exceed the tournament limit when working Bassmaster Classics, Elites, Opens, B.A.S.S. Nation, College and High School events. In the mornings Max was the last tournament official anglers talked to before competition began with a final confirmation of their check-in time and test of engine kill switches.
Max was a friend to all of the anglers, staff, service crews, hosts and even established a fan club of fishing fans across the country. Everyone who knew and loved Max and will remember his trademark “Babe” when addressing the anglers. “What time you due back, Babe?" or “Hit your Kill Switch for me, Babe.” He was also known for his tall stature, quiet demeanor and easygoing personality.
It is truly a sad day for The B.A.S.S. Events and Tournament Teams, anglers and for everyone who knew and loved Max.
Max is survived by his wife Jane, son Matt, father Max D. Leatherwood and stepmother Angela Leatherwood. Step sons Bo (Cynthia), Jeff (Cindy), and Sean (Kristie) Maddox. Grandchildren Cody, Hunter, and Andrew Smith, Brandon, Isaac, Ava, Allie, and Emily Maddox.
Rest in Peace “Babe”
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, July 6 at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of Prattville Memorial. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. in Westview Cemetery in Ozark, Ala. The family will receive friends at Prattville Memorial one hour prior to the service. Max's obituary/remembrance page on prattvillememorial.com.