September 25, 1919 ~ December 30, 2005

Born in: Asheville, NC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Asheville ~ Grover Lee “GL” Leslie, Jr. died on Friday, December 30, 2005 in a local hospital. A native of Buncombe County, Mr. Leslie was the son of the late Grover Lee Leslie, Sr. and Ethel Morgan Leslie. A 1938 graduate of Lee H. Edwards High School, he attended the US Naval Academy and the University of Tennessee prior to joining the US Army Air Force. He served in England during WW II as a lieutenant in the 8th Air Force 445th Bomber Group. His plane was shot down over Germany in 1944 and he became a POW for 13 months. He was a member of St. Barnabas Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Rebecca Carter Leslie of Asheville; three daughters, Linda Leslie Weeks and husband Harry of Hendersonville, Anne Leslie Cretella and husband Joe of Raleigh and Nancy L. White and husband Tom of Charlotte; three sons, Michael J. Leslie of Hendersonville, Thomas P. Leslie and wife, Madelyn of Arden and Stephen C. Leslie of Lawrenceville, GA; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; cousins, Jim and Rex Dowtin both of Asheville. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday 10:00 AM at St. Barnabas Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Calvary Episcopal Churchyard. The family will receive friends from 6:00 -8:00 P.M. on Monday at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Long Shoals Road. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to ABCCM South, 10 Buck Shoals Rd., Arden, NC 28704 or to St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 109 Crescent Hill Drive, Arden, NC 28704.

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  1. To the Leslie Family:
    We are deeply saddened at the loss of GL. He as a very kind man with a twinkle in his eye that will be unforgettable. I was always so touched by the relationship he and Becky had. I know she will miss him. I come from a big family too and I see alot of similarities in your family. You seem to really care for each other. Keep that going and GL’s legacy will continue. Love each other.
    With warmest regards,
    Barbara & Mackenzie Dowtin
    PS: Mackenzie would love to see some of her NC cousins.

  2. Dear Tom,
    Paula sent me word of your father’s death and I was so sorry to hear of it. In reading his obituary, it seems your father lead a long and interesting life, and to have survived a German prison camp! And six children! What a fascinating man; I’m sorry to have not known him, but often to know a father one only needs to look to a son. You were raised very well.
    I know you were on your way to a family skiing trip and it is difficult and disorienting to have one plan and then have a tragedy change it. You and your family, all, are in my thoughts and prayers.
    With God’s peace, comfort, and joy,
    Cynthia Baron Coleman

  3. Dear Mrs. Leslie,
    I just read with great sorrow the passing of Mr. Leslie. I am currently out of town with my family and wish that I could have been there with him on his final journey. I did bring him Communion the Friday before I left town. Mr. Leslie was always very dear to me, and I will miss him, and how he was always so kind and pleasant with me.
    Madeleine Pflaumbaum
    VA Catholic LEM

  4. Tom and family
    We were saddened to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Marcia and Rick Grant

  5. Tom and family
    We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Marcia and Rick Grant

  6. Dear Mrs. Leslie,

    I am very sorry about your loss. I have the very fondest memories of Mr. Leslie, his great big smile, laughter and kindness. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  7. Dear Mrs. Leslie and Family, I was so sorry to hear about Mr. Leslie. I have many fond memories of him from the games at TCR to church at St. Barnabas. He would always give me a big bearhug and a great smile. My mother is here in Miami visiting so she also will not be at the service there but our thoughts and prayers are with you and with your children and families.

    Jeannette Janecek Diana
    Gianna Janecek

  8. To Steve Leslie & Family:

    I was so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Leslie Nelson

  9. Steve and Family,

    Sorry about the loss of your father, my prayers are with you. In reading the obituary, I know that your father was a great American. All of your extended family in Georgia are thinking of you during this time.
    God Bless You,
    Michael Watson and Area Staff

  10. So sorry to learn of Mr. Leslie’s death. It is always hard to loose a loved one. Loved ones will always live forever in our hearts and that makes it easier to go on.
    Beverly Sherrod (NRCS friend of Steve Leslie)

  11. Dear Mrs. Leslie & Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have very fond memories of Mr. Leslie, especially from when we lived across the street from you in Oak Park. My parents, Ollis and Betty Revels, also send their condolences. He was a great man. You have raised a wonderful family together.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Susie Revels O’Dell

  12. Mrs. Leslie and Family,
    Many years have passed since our families have crossed paths though we still fondly remember Mr. Leslie as being such a kind man and wonderful father. We know he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Lou Barnes
    Beverly Barnes Gibbs
    Craig Barnes


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