Bro Pete Leslie

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Bro. Pete Leslie, loving husband, father, and pastor, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 4 at his home in Hughes Springs. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 8, at Hughes Springs Missionary Baptist Church at 4 PM, with Rev. Bobby Robertson officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park in Hughes Springs. Bro. Pete was born on February 1, 1956 in Youngstown, Ohio to Charlotte and John Leslie. He was a graduate of Chaney High School in 1974, where he was the editor of the sports page for the school newspaper. After graduating from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri in 1977 and 1978 with a bachelors of science in Theology and a graduate of Theology, he has ministered to churches in Iowa, Ohio, and Hughes Springs, Texas. For the past 28 years he has served as pastor of Bible Baptist Church in Hughes Springs. He also served as a UIL official in three sports at the Jr. High and High School levels throughout Northeast Texas for over 25 years. He is survived by his wife, Pat Leslie of Hughes Springs: three sons, P.J. Leslie and his wife Patrice of Houston, P.M. Leslie of Sulphur Springs, and Preston Leslie of Longview. He is also survived by his two sisters Corrine Boback and Debbie Spagnola, both of Youngstown, Ohio, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Charlotte Maker and stepfather Steve Maker, both of Youngstown, Ohio, his father John Leslie, of Florida, a sister, Charlene Simmons and nephew, Pete Simmons, of Youngstown, Ohio. The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM on Wednesday, April 7th, of 2010, at the Reeder-Davis Funeral Home in Hughes Springs, TX. In lieu of flowers, Bro. Pete had requested that donations be made to the Missions Fund of Bible Baptist Church of Hughes Springs.

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  1. We share in your sorrow. He will always have a place in our hearts and in all the folks in the community who knew him. God bless all of you, Pat. You and the guys are particularly dear to me.

  2. Bro Pete you will be greatly missed here on theis earth , but I know where you are and I know I will one day see you again.. I was sitting here this morning trying to think of a song I could sing for praise service that would comfort others in this time. I shared my thoughts with Robin and she immediatly busted out with " I'VE BEEN THERE. I'VE DONE THAT AND I AIN'T EVER GOING BACK. I'VE WALKED THROUGH SALVATIONS DOOR AND THERE'S NOTHING WORTH RETURNING FOR.I'LL NEVER LIVE THAT LIFE AGAIN .NO I'M NEVER GOIN BACK. NO WAY I'VE BEEN THERE DONE THAT. So me and Robin dedicate this to you although we know you can not hear it many others will and know if they have trusted CHRIST they will see you one day and sing that song.. I love you Bro Pete and I am glad I came and made Wise Guys copies wednesday. I got to see you again..and will again one day.. I love you Mrs Pat and boys especialy Presto you have a special place in my heart and always will.. I am here. Love in CHRIST alwaysMs. Denise

  3. You will be sorely missed by so many people. You touched so many lives in such a positive way including mine. What a great friend! Until we meet again some day on those golden streets of heaven. Love ya! Pete

  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.Bro.Pete was a very nice man.He will be greatly miss by everyone.

  5. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Bro. Pete was an amazing man who always gave his time to the youth of Hughes Springs. He will be missed by all of us. Dwight and Rhonda Shelton

  6. I am so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful person as Pete. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of your. I can not tell you how much Pete meant to me. He was so proud of his 3 boys and always loved telling me how they were doing. He also let me know how much Pat meant to him and how much he loved and admired her. He was my friend for over 40 years and always made me laugh and put a smile on my face. He faith to the Lord was unwavering and that always impressed me about him. We talked regularly the past few years and I am glad that we did. I will miss our talks and I hope I will see him again, Pete you were the greatest friend a guy could have.

  8. My thoughts and prayers are with you,it will not be the same around HS without him. He was always happy and a very good man. I will miss him. May God be with all of you.Love,Penny Hunt

  9. Ms Pat, PJ, PM and Preston;My heart breaks for you. I pray for you and lift you up in this, your time of need. Bro. Pete was a special man and will be missed by ALL. Love to you all.

  10. Bro. Pete I have always loved you and Mrs. Pat dearly and as I sit here and think about you , I cant imagine if youre dribbling a basket ball down the streets of gold, playing table tennis, or down by the river reeling in the big one with Bro. Gaylon. I would say swinging on one of the 12 pearly gates, but I dont think you were in Texas quite that long. 🙂 But whatever it is you are doing up there I know you sure will be missed down here by many people in your family and the community alike. You and Mrs. Pat will always have a special place in my heartWith Love, Jeremiah Thomas

  11. My dear little brother Pete – YES, you were the "baby" in the family, but you were always wiser than your years, and an example to me, the "older sister" — that I might know the power of God and the true meaning of salvation in Him as you taught me the joy of resting in His love. You have always been my spiritual brother before my natural brother. You didn't "demand" my respect as a sister — you "earned" it early on in life by being who you are. I do not feel I should "light a candle" in this message to you, because you WERE that candle in the wind, always blowing the Holy Spirit's power on every person's life that you touched. You were His "eternal candle" of optimism, seeing the good and potential good in every single person God created in this world below. You knew who a person COULD be once they trusted in Jesus, and until then? You never let them go, and you saw them as He sees them! You fulfilled His destiny for you, and He called you home to His eternal glory. "Well done, His good and faithful servant!" May my life be an example of His great power and love, first and foremost because of the God we both love so much, and then in sincere honor of your memory, as I continue on my earthly journey. One day I will look at your dear face again, knowing we will be never be apart from each other from that day forward! In the meantime, I am proud to be called your sister, and will always treasure our talks, when I needed you as a "Pastor," a "Counselor," and sometimes just a "Friend" with a listening ear! I will miss you, but am happy your pain is over. A little eight year old girl in my church once asked Jesus what Heaven is like. She said that He told her, and I quote: "It is whatever you need and want it to be!" For you, my brother? It will be a time to run and play all the ball you want to play, and an endless table of your favorite foods to enjoy! But what will it be for you most of all? It will be talking to the Lord you served for all of your years! Enjoy eternity, and know I look forward to spending it with Jesus and with you!

  12. He was there when I was born, performed my wedding, and was there at the birth of my daughter. He was my pastor for all 23 years of my life. When someone like Bro. Pete passes away, they take a piece of your heart with them. The only thing that replaces the missing piece of my heart is the peace I have knowing I will one day see him again. Bro. Pete has always been a hero of mine and I miss him. I love him and his family as my own and always will.

  13. I am so sorry for your loss. Bro. Pete was a wonderful man and I always looked forward to chatting with him in the office.

  14. We send our deepest sympathies to you, Mrs. Pat and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Bro Pete was a wonderful man. He will greatly missed.

  15. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Bro. Pete. Bro. Pete was a remarkable man of God. Whenever we would sit and talk at the Volleyball or Basketball tournaments he would always talk about his ministry, his family(especially the boys) and the love for his church. He always had a kind and encouraging word for me as a coach. He will definitely be missed by all who came in contact with him. He was a blessing to us all.

  16. ur thoughts and payers are with you. PM Daniel will try to see you in he next day or two if he can get off early enough but his thoughts are with you too.

  17. We are so very sorry to learn of Bro. Pete… But what a day to join Our Lord… I do pray for Him to give all of you the strength and courage you need for the days to follow. May HE be with all of you in this time of sorrow.. The Reid Family

  18. Bro. Pete was a wonderful servant for the Lord, and also a respected servant of the student athletes in Northeast Texas. He will be greatly missed, but lovingly remembered. He was always my choice of officials druing the state play-offs.

  19. Dear Aunt Pat, I just wanted tell you how encouraging it was to come down Sunday and see how strong you are in your faith. I'm glad your faith In God to know he is in control is going to help you and the boys through this rough time. See ya soon Uncle pete,Bryant

  20. I'm really going to miss talking with Pete before and after games, and sometimes during games. He was a great guy.

  21. Pete: You are the best friend I ever had. You are the most spiritual person I've ever met and if there was ever a person who is going to enjoy Heaven it's you. I love you and I'll miss you and look forward to seeing you in Heaven!Ron

  22. I am honored to have known Bro. Pete. He is a great role model in service to God and fellow man. I think it appropriate that he passed on the day of his Lord's Ressurection because I know he is at Jesus' side.

  23. First and foremost, Bro Pete was such a devout shepherd and follower of Christ. He was cheerful and his personality was infectious. This carried over into his passion for being a referee and ultimately into his love for working with children. He will surely be missed by me and I am so blessed to have known him.

  24. I was shocked to hear of Bro. Pete's home-going. I got to know him in the early 90's while I served on staff at First Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant. He provided officials for the church basketball league we hosted. One day I jokingly complained about the quality of the officials. He told me he wanted to see me at the next chapter meeting if I thought I could do better. When I didn't show up he told me he EXPECTED me to come to the next one. I did and have been officiating basketball ever since, now at the Division II collegiate level. It all began with Bro. Pete's challenge. He was a godly and gracious man who reflected his Savior in all he did. I counted it a privilege to call him a friend.

  25. Dear Pat, PJ, PM and Preston, My heart goes out to you all in the loss of Bro. Pete. He was a good man and is greatly missed. Only God knows why Bro. Pete was meant to go so young, but He must have needed him in Heaven. We have enjoyed friendships with your family personally and through our boys and will cherish that always. Love and prayers to you and your family. God bless you and comfort you.Love,Beckie, Justin, Keith & Andrew

  26. Were do I begin? I was 8 years old the first time I met you and Miss Pat. I was eager to babysit PJ,Bro.Pete thought I was a little young so I had to wait until PM was born. Then it just seemed that anytime I could you would allow me to babysit.I did not realize for many years how at that time you guys were sharing the Lord with me without saying a word! You guys were showing me how a married couple and parents are to act according to God. I was so proud when he called me his "adopted daughter" that meant that I was blessed to have 2 amazing men that loved me and the Lord in my life. I am very sad that they are both gone but am very joyful that they are together in Heaven.I am looking forword to seeing both in Heaven. Bro. Pete keep daddy company until I get there!!

  27. So sorry to hear that Bro. Pete is gone, but Glory to God he is gone to a better place.I have fond memories of Bro. Pete.

  28. Dear Pat and Family,My heart broke when I heard of Pete's passing. He was so much like a brother to me. We had so much fun during the times I was growing up and he was over with my brother. How I use to tease him over his "sexy" legs, and the way he loved his food. When you came into his life Pat, you were truly his blessing. He loved you so much and then his kids were his heart as well. He will be sadly missed for he was a true angel on this earth. I know the pain you will feel because I too continue to miss my husband as he passed 3 years ago. Know that God is good and loving and that HE will help you through all the days ahead. May God ease your pain and Bless you during this difficult time. All my love,Patti (Hanuschak)Pasquale(Rick's sister)

  29. Pat, and family,We were sorry to hear about Bro. Pete passing away, I know he had been on our prayer list. I did not realize you all had been at Hughes Springs, for so long. That speaks well of you both. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God grant you Grace & strength for the future. Ray & Sue Miller

  30. I just want to let you know how very sorry I am about your father. I am out of town and could not come by to sign in person. He was a good and lovely man. Love to you all,Mrs. Bradshaw

  31. Uncle Pete you will be so greatly missed by so many people. It touches me to see how much love people have for you and how many lives you have changed in your years of ministry. I'll never forget all the fun memories we shared, but most of all how even when you were sick you called me and asked me how I was feeling and to tell me you were praying for me. You always put God first, your family second and yourself last. You are an amazing man and I am lucky to have had the honor of calling you not only my uncle but my friend. Love always.

  32. Sorry for your lost and just know that your dad is in a better place watching over you and your family.

  33. My prayers are with ur family at this diffcult time..bro pete was a great blessing to neone he ment he will be greatly missed..but we will see again oneday

  34. Oh the fellowship around the Word of God, food and basketball games that we had! What an awesome Man of God who was faithfull to the end. Bro. Pete's smile will be missed. He was very special to my children. He was always encourageing to the kids on the basketball court and in the Church. Our prayers are with you Mrs. Pat and the family. we love you,Risa Oglesby

  35. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Bro Pete was a very sweet man, and will never be forgotten.

  36. What a wonderful man Bro. Pete was. We have so many fond memories of many hours at the baseball field watching P.M. and Robbie play ball. Bro. Pete always had a smile and a great attitude. He will be missed by so many. It was so good to see all of you last evening. Our prayers are with all of you at this time.

  37. TODAY IS THE DAY THE SHELL OF A GREAT MAN WILL BE LAID IN THE GRAVE..This is'nt the day he'll no longer be here , that day would be April 4th ,2010 of this year.. His voice was carried throught out the land. Heard by many a woman ,child and man.. Those who heard him and then recieved, the message from the messenger that day he did see. From those that recieved and went on to tell another ,they were waiting to meet their dear christian brother.. Bro Theo ,Ann and Bill Fleenor, his Mama ,his sisters ,his nephew and yet more. Just as the song "Thank You" relays ,many were there to say THANK YOU April 4th Day.You are so loved and look forward to seeing you again on the other side of Jordon..

  38. Pat, PJ, PM, and Preston,My heart broke when Mom and Dad informed me of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as I think back so fondly on a beaming smile and friend to all. HS has lost an important part of its heart, but heaven rejoices at his homecoming! I'm sure our dear Bro Pete is there reffing some pick-up games on a courts of gold!

  39. Ms. Pat & Preston, We are so sorry for your loss. Your are in our prayers. Love, Beth, Kiersten & Meaghen Wiley

  40. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very painful time. I know I can say that I will never forget Bro. Peter's many prayers and words of comfort he has shared with me through out the years. I know just how missed he will be. Bro. Peter was and always will be a GREAT MAN!May God wrap his arms around you all and give you all thecomfort you all so badly need today and for always.Tempie & Hunter IrvinSarah Edwards

  41. We are praying for the family and the church family.We love you very much. Keep in touch.

  42. Bro Pete & I officiated baskeball, volleyball & softball for many years together, I was a pleasure to know & be associated with him, he will be missed.

  43. I know Bro. Pete cannot read this…but the family can. I don't even know where to begin…the reality of this has finally hit..I have loved you guys so much since I first met ya'll! Bro. Pete HAS such a big heart for people, everyone! I will miss him so much…but he is healthier now! I remember him always talking about having a glorified body now he's got it! I miss going over to the Leslie's house back when Preston was home because we would get into so much trouble for ruining Bro. Petes sunday naps lol..he would always come in there and stay for at least 15 minutes explaining to us that he needed his naps because it was like beauty rest! and everyone knows that he was real paticular about his hair! lol..but anyways I just wanted to say that he will be missed and my heart is with you all! PM PJ *PN lol remember your dad on this Preston?? telling me why they didnt call you by your first and last initial?? anyways and sweet strong Mrs. Pat. I love you all so much just like my family! Bro Pete always said I could be his daughter since all he had was boys! 🙂 Missed but NEVER forgottenall my love and prayers,Robin Michelle

  44. Know that you and yours are in our prayers and thoughts at this difficult time. Brother Pete was a kind hearted man who always had a smile on his face. What a witness for his Lord. He's gone on to his glory!!

  45. To Pete's family,Today I did a web search to see if I could locate Pete and found that he had passed. I was his roomate at BBC first year. To me he was "Punkin."While I'm sorry that he has passed, I am glad he's at "HOME" with our Father.There was never any doubt that he loved Jesus.Hopefully this reaches you even though much time has passed.May God bless you until Jesus comes!Pressing on…Pastor Dave JodryPeru, Indiana

  46. Pat and sons,I didn't know about Bro. Pete until today. I'm so sorry. If I can help you, let me know. Take care.katrina sutton2005 CR 1124Linden, TX 75563a

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