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Mr. John Oliver Leslie, 88, retired Pharmacist and former Mayor of Oxford, died Saturday, March 24, 2012 at the Mississippi Veteranís Home in Oxford, MS. A visitation will be held at First Baptist Church of Oxford, MS on Monday, March 26, 2012 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. A graveside memorial service will be Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. in Oxford Memorial Cemetery with Dr. David Sansing officiating. A reception will follow the graveside service at the familyís residence. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Leslie was born in Durham, NC to the late John O. and Alma Burgess Leslie, Sr. He served in the United States Navy during WWII from 1941 to 1944 and graduated from the University of Mississippi. John was a pharmacist in Oxford for 38 years at Leslieís Drugs and a former Mayor of Oxford for 24 years. He was named Oxford Citizen of the Year in 1994. Prior to that he served on the Oxford/Lafayette County Planning Commission, the Oxford/Lafayette County Hospital Board, the Industrial Development Board, the board of the First National Bank of Oxford, and past president of the Mississippi Pharmaceutical Association. John also contributed to Oxford in the building of a public library, a new police station, the first public swimming pool, as well as having the John Leslie Tennis Courts and Activity Center built and helped the University with the cooperative effort to build the University Baseball facility.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Harvey Leslie of Oxford, MS; two daughters, Ann Leslie Sutherland and husband Wade of Oxford, MS and Leigh Leslie Harrison and husband Hunter of Memphis, TN; one son, A. Harvey Leslie and wife Lauren of Grenada, MS; and nine grandchildren, Lenwood Brooks, John Leslie Brooks, Reed Harrison, Cole Harrison, Clay Harrison, Kate Leslie, Genie Leslie, Mary Pat Leslie, and John Harvey Leslie.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Leslieís memory may be made to the Mississippi Veteranís Home, 120 Veterans Blvd., Oxford, MS 38655.
In honor of Mr. Leslieís service to his country, the flag of the United States Navy will be flown at Waller Funeral Home.