Leslie "Les" Clarke Longshore Jr. (April 5, 1925 - September 6, 2013), of Birmingham, was born and raised in Anniston, graduating from Anniston High in 1942. He received a BS from Tulane University, then went on to complete a Masters at the University of Alabama. A renowned tennis player, he was the Alabama State Singles champion in 1952 and he competed in the U.S. National Championships (now known as the U.S. Open) every year between 1952 and 1959, most notably reaching the round of 16 in 1958. He founded and served as president of the Southern Professional Tennis Association. He went onto to coach tennis at Mountain Brook Swim & Tennis Club, Highland Racquet Club and Clemson University among others. Longshore was inducted into the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame in 2003. Later in life, Longshore became an avid runner. He was a charter member of the Birmingham Track Club, completed 37 marathons and was bestowed the honor of always wearing "No. 1" at the Mercedes Marathon in Birmingham. He is predeceased by his wife, Ann Longshore, and a daughter, Nelle Snow Longshore. He is survived by his daughters, Lisa Longshore McManus and Leslie Longshore Abney (Clay); two brothers, George Chapman Longshore and Frank Snow Longshore; a sister, Nelle Longshore Niles (Wendell); three stepchildren; twelve grandchildren; one great-grandchild and countless nieces and nephews. A celebration of Les' life will be held at the Highland Racquet Club in Birmingham on Saturday, September 21, 2013, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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Published in The Anniston Star on Sept. 15, 2013