James Lester "J.L." McLeroy

James Lester "J.L." McLeroy Jr., age 75, of Athens died Sunday, September 9, 2012.

Mr. McLeroy was born in Clarke County, a son to the late James Lester McLeroy Sr. and the late Frances Olivia Doster McLeroy. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy and was a member of the Athens Christian Church. He was the owner/operator of McLeroy Trucking and was an independent Contractor for Power Partners for over 20 years. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Barbara Ellen Saye McLeroy, and his brother, Steve McLeroy.

Survivors include: his children, Tammy Wilkes of Jefferson, Greg (Cindy) McLeroy of Clarkesville, Rusty McLeroy of Athens, Chuck McLeroy of Athens; sisters, Gloria Bell of Kentucky, Beverly Saye of Athens, Glenda Thomas and Judy McLeroy, both of Atlanta; brothers, Wayne McLeroy of Buford and Mike McLeroy of Watkinsville; 13 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren.

The memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 12 at 5 p.m.. in the Chapel of Evans Funeral Home with Rev. Ed Saye, Rev. Keith Holladay and Pastor Mike Franklin officiating. The visitation will be held on Wednesday from 3-5pm at the funeral home, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in BarrowCountyNews from Sept. 10 to Oct. 9, 2012