REID, Leighton L. 91, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday, June 17, 2014, born in St. Petersburg, he was a graduate of St. Petersburg High class of 1940. He graduated St. Petersburg Junior College class of 1942. He was a 8th Army Air Corps veteran during WWII. He and his wife Sara were married July 20, 1945. He completed his college education with a degree from Northwestern University and returned to St. Petersbug, finding a job in the warehouse of a small beauty supply wholesaler named Ace Beauty Company. After working his way up through sales and accounting he purchased the company in 1952, and for the next 48 years the company grew under his leadership to employ 750 people with 57 store locations servicing beauty salons throughout the state of Florida and Alabama. He was a former member of the Civitan and Squires Club, a devoted Christian and former member of Northside Baptist Church. A member of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, an avid golfer and enjoyed boating. He is survived by his wife, Sara; a son, Bob; 2 grandchildren, Rob and Stacey; and 3 great-grandchildren. Services will be private for the family. Donations may be made in his name to Hospice or
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on June 25, 2014