Former Oxford Mayor John Leslie dies

By NEMS Daily Journal

John Leslie, the former long-time Mayor of Oxford, died Saturday, according to an area funeral home.

Leslie, 88, was mayor of Oxford for 24 years. He was named Oxford Citizen of the Year in 1994 but 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.

Leslie, who was a pharmacist and ran Leslie’s Drugs for 38 years, 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 – partially funded by the city.

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 family’s residence. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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.

He served in the United States Navy during WWII from 1941 to 1944 and graduated from the University of Mississippi.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Leslie’s memory may be made to the Mississippi Veteran’s Home, 120 Veterans Blvd., Oxford, MS 38655.

An obituary from Waller Funeral Home contributed to this story.