Cedric Thomas Leslie
April 6, 1951 - January 25, 2014
Macon, GA- Services for Cedric Thomas Leslie will be 11:00 AM Friday, January 31, 2014 at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church with burial in Macon Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Thursday, January 30, 2014 at Hutchings Funeral Home.
Cedric Thomas Leslie was born April 6, 1951 in Washington, D.C. to the parentage of John Thomas Leslie, Sr. and Daisy Juanita Gibson Leslie. He received his primary and secondary education in Macon, Georgia at St. Peter Claver Catholic Elementary and Mount de Sales High Schools, respectively. His post secondary education included attendance at Howard University, Washington, D.C., for one year, and later, Massey Business College of Jacksonville, Florida where he was awarded an associate degree in Business Administration. He enlisted in the United States Air Force, during the Viet Nam War and served faithfully and honorably. He returned to Macon to live and work as a civilian. He worked for Southern Railway for several years, during which time; he studied to obtain degrees from Mercer University School of Liberal Arts, and Mercer University Law School. After Law School, Cedric began an eighteen year private law practice in Macon that culminated in his appointment as an Associate Civil and Magistrate Court Judge here in Bibb County. He felt called by God to serve his beloved St. Peter Claver Church as a deacon. He was accepted into the program and began a three year journey to fulfill this call. He completed required courses and received a Masters degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University of New Orleans and was ordained in June of 2001. Cedric was faithful and prayerful in all areas of his life: especially, family, work, and his service to the church and those in need of help.
Cedric was preceded in death by his parents, and most recently, by his brother, Toby Leslie.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 37 years, Helen Gilbert Leslie of Macon, children, Quintress Leslie Hollis, Macon, Thomas H. (Keisha) Leslie, Stone Mountain, and Elizabeth C. Leslie, Macon; and grandchildren, Ava, Jonah and Noah. He is survived by brothers, John T. (Louise) Leslie, Jr., Washington D.C., Henry L. (Zina) Leslie, Sr., Lizella, Walter R. (Kathleen) Leslie, Stockbridge, and Benjamin D. (Yvette) Leslie, Sr., Dunwoody; devoted sisters-in law, Quintress J. Gilbert, Macon and Sylvia R. Leslie, Lizella; an aunt, Alice Leslie (Ben) Hicks, Forsyth; uncle, Kedric L. (Juanita) Leslie, Spokane, WA; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his honor to the St. Peter Claver School Annual Campaign, 133 Ward Street, Macon, GA 31204.
Published in The Telegraph from Jan. 29 to Jan. 30, 2014