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.