Family of Pearl Ann MEALS (127) & William Albert RHODES
Obituary: Josie Lee Leslie peacefully passed from this life on Sunday, December 12, 2004. She had fought a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. She was born June 13, 1918, to Pearl Ann Meals and William Albert Rhodes, in Henderson County, TN. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 64 years, Joe Lewis Leslie. She leaves two children, Nancy Lou O’Brien of Searcy, AR and Albert Lewis Leslie of Conway, AR. She also leaves several nieces, nephews, cousins, Nancy’s family of marriage, and many friends. She loved everyone and enjoyed having company so much. Her sweet smile and loving concern will be missed by all. She was a lifetime member of Broad Street Church of Christ and in recent months, even though unable to attend services, she never missed listening to Sunday morning worship on the radio. Josie enjoyed very much being a homemaker. She was an excellent cook, and even on the day of her death, she was making plans for Christmas dinner. Her love for family was shown in being an organizer of the Rhodes reunion. She never missed, even this year, and always called relatives to invite them. Josie was a member of the Extension Homemakers for many years, and she still reminisced about all the good times she had in “the club”. Being active in the American Legion Auxiliary was also an important part of her life in earlier years. Retirement involvements she especially enjoyed were volunteering at the local hospital and the log cabin visitor’s center at Parker’s Cross Roads. For those wishing to make memorial contributions, the family requests those be made to the Broad Street Church of Christ building fund.
Josie Lee married Joe Lewis LESLIE, son of Lewis Jackson LESLIE (1882-1960) & Elizabeth BRITT (1882-1962). Born on 6 Apr 1917 in Wildersville, Henderson County, Tennessee. At the age of 87, Joe Lewis died on 27 Nov 2004. Buried on 29 Nov 2004 in Henderson County Memorial Gardens, Lexington, Henderson County, Tennessee.
Obituary: Funeral services for Mr. Joe Lewis Leslie are scheduled for 1:00pm, Monday, November 29, 2004 at Broad Street Church of Christ in Lexington. Burial will follow in Henderson County Memory Gardens. Joe Lewis Leslie quietly passed from this life on Saturday, November 27, 2004, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was born April 6, 1917 to the late Lizzie Britt and Lewis J. Leslie in Wildersville, TN. He leaves his devoted wife of 64 years, Josie Lee Rhodes Leslie, and two children, Nancy Lou O’Brien of Searcy, AR and Albert Lewis of Conway, AR. He also leaves several nieces, nephews, cousins, Nancy’s family of marriage, and many friends. His cheerful greetings and constant singing and whistling will be missed by all. Joe Lewis was a lifetime member of the Broad Street Church of Christ where he served as an Elder for many years before his retirement. He always enjoyed singing and being a song leader. He served four years in the U. S. Coast Guard during WWII and was a Post Commander of the American Legion in Henderson County. He owned the John Deere farm implement dealership in Lexington long ago and knew everyone in the county. His most recent profession was being a secondary school teacher for the U. S. Department of the Interior, working with the Blackfoot Indians in North Dakota. After retirement back to Lexington, he enjoyed church activities and working with senior volunteer programs in Henderson County. For those wishing to make memorial contributions, the family requests those be made to Freed-Hardeman University, Harding University, or the Broad Street Church of Christ building fund.
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