Clyde Stephen “Butch” Leslie, 65, of Winfield, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014.
Butch was born Sept. 8, 1948, and was a son of the late J. Fred and Wilma Hodges Leslie. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, John Fredrick Leslie and Michael Joseph Leslie.
Butch was a graduate of Winfield High School and Marshall University, where he obtained a B.B.A. degree in accounting. He and his brother, Bob, owned Leslie Lumber Company, a premier design/builder, and created some of Putnam County’s finest residential developments, including Woods & Irons, Leslie Place and The Woods, among others. A “Leslie built home” is a standard of quality construction and has been in demand for over 50 years.
Mr. Leslie was a member of the Greater Kanawha Valley Homebuilders Association, the Putnam County Home Builders Association, a past board of directors member of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, original member of the Putnam County Planning Commission and a former board of directors member of City National Bank. He also served on the first committee to build the Tri-County YMCA, was a representative for the home building industry to the West Virginia Legislature and advocated for Putnam County water and sewer projects. Additionally, he helped establish the Michael Joseph Leslie Scholarship Fund in memory of his brother and was a member of Nitro Masonic Lodge No. 170 AF&AM. He was a Christian, baptized as a child, and lifelong member of Winfield Baptist Church.
Butch is survived by his wife of 35 years, Janet Nichols Leslie; son, Jacob Fredrick “JF” Leslie II and Tammy Romano of Arlington, Va.; sisters, Marilyn Leslie Christiani and her husband, Frank, of Scottsdale, Ariz., Charlotte Leslie of South Charleston, Anita Leslie Yeager and her husband, Glen, of Scott Depot and Debra Leslie Chapman and her husband, John, of Hurricane; brothers, Robert Leslie and his wife, Laura, and William Leslie and his wife, Betina, all of Winfield; sisters-in-law, Beverly Leslie, Sandra Leslie and Lucinda Perez and her husband, Manuel, of Moyock, N.C.; and father-in-law, Paul F. Nichols of Covington, Va. He is also survived by 26 nieces and nephews, 50 great-nieces and -nephews, eight great-great-nieces and -nephews and aunts, uncles and cousins from all across the United States.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor Bobby Morris officiating. Burial will follow at Winfield Cemetery, Winfield, with Masonic rites by Nitro Masonic Lodge No. 170 AF&AM.
The family will receive visitors on Friday, Feb. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The family is particularly grateful for the care and compassion of his niece, Dr. Anita Yeager-Smith; Dr. Damien Silbermins; Dr. Mohi Mitiek; and Dr. Sanjeev Sharma, and the nurses and staff of St. Mary’s Hospital and HIMG in Huntington.
In memory of Mr. Leslie, donations in his honor to the Michael Joseph Leslie Scholarship Foundation, c/o the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, P.O. Box 3041, Charleston, WV 25331 or the Christian Community Cupboard, P.O. Box 511, Hurricane, WV 25526, would be appreciated.
To share a memory of Butch or to express condolences, please visit www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com.