NameWillis Bert “Convoy” LESLIE8,107, L240
Birth12 Nov 1925, Springdale, Arkansas8,107
Death10 Mar 1998, Pine Bluff, Jefferson County, Arkansas107,785 Age: 72
BurialOakland Cemetery, Fordyce, Dallas County, Arkansas107
Military Service During World War II, he served in the Merchant Marines and then the Army Air Corps.29
Birth12 Aug 1926, Fordyce, Dallas County, Arkansas8,785
Death21 Nov 2003, Hot Springs, Garland County, Arkansas785 Age: 77
BurialOakland Cemetery, Fordyce, Dallas County, Arkansas785
Marriage25 Aug 1948, Fordyce, Dallas County, Arkansas8
Obituary Notices Notes for Willis Bert “Convoy” LESLIE
WILLIS "CONVOY" LESLIE
Willis "Convoy" Leslie, 72, of Pine Bluff, died March 10, 1998, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.
He was born on November 12, l925, at Springdale, a son of the late Grover Cleveland Leslie and Josephine Ellis Leslie.
He received his early education at Fordyce, where he graduated from high school. He played football at the school. He attended and graduated from Arkansas A&M College, now the University of Arkansas at, Monticello, where he was named as an All American for the football team. He received his master's degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He returned to Monticello to coach the football team from 1950 to 1959.
During World War II, he served in the Merchant Marines and then the Army Air Corps. He served in the Arkansas National Guard after the war and was called to active duty dunng the Berlin Air Lift. He served in the militaIy for 42 years and retired as a colonel.
He was appointed by the governor as a property and physical officer for the Army and Air National Guard from 1982 until 1985.
He moved to Pine Bluff in 1960, where he was a special agent for Hartford Insurance Company until 1982.
He was a member and an elder at First Presbyterian Church, where
he was clerk of the Session. He was a commissioner from the church to the Arkansas Presbytery and served on the Policy Committee of the Presbytery. In recent years, he gave the church technical support for computer programs.
Survivors include his wife, Oralee Bryant Leslie, whom he married on August 25, 1948, at Fordyce; a son, the Rev. Bill Leslie of Warren; a brother, Kenneth Leslie of Texarkana, Texas; and two grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church with the Revs. William Lee Kinney and Bill Leslie officiating.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Oakland Cemetery at Fordyce by Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors.
Obituary Notices Notes for Oralee (Spouse 1)
Funeral Date: 11/28/2003
Oralee Bryant Leslie, age 77, of Hot Springs died Friday November 21, at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Born August 12, 1926 in Fordyce, AR a daughter of the late Orie E. Bryant and Lennie Porter Bryant She was a retired math and chemistry teacher serving in the Drew Central, Pine Bluff Dollarway and Pine Bluff High School school systems, a graduate of Henderson State University earning her B.S.E. and M.S.E., a member First Presbyterian Church, Pine Bluff and Delta Kappa Gamma teaching sorority. She married Willis “Convoy” Leslie on August 25, 1948 and he died March 10, 1998. Preceding her in death was a granddaughter Tara Leslie Kortenber. Survivors are 1 son Rev. William “Bill” Leslie and spouse Brenda, Hot Springs; 1 sister Olga Bryant Boles, Nacogdoches, Texas; 2 grandchildren Dr. Brooke Leslie Whisenhunt and spouse Blaine, Springfield, MO., LT.jg Kyle Porter Leslie and spouse Misty, Corpus Christi, Texas; 1 great-grandchild Ashton Brett Leslie, Corpus Christi, Texas; brother-in-law Kenneth Leslie and spouse Charlotte, Texarkana, Texas; sister-in-law Dorothy Leslie, Springdale, Ark.; 2 Nieces Lynn Boles Howell, Nacogdoches,Texas and Robin Boles Ellis, Coldwater, Michigan; 2 great-nephews, 1 great-niece and 1 great-great nephew. Graveside services were 10:00 a.m. Friday November 28, Oakland Cemetery in Fordyce with Rev. Bill Leslie officiating. Arrangements by Frazer’s Funeral Home of Warren. Active pallbearers were Blaine Whisenhunt, Tim Howell, John Howell, Chris Howell, Steve Ellis and Jeff Adams.