Dr. E. C. Leslie, Jr.

11/21/1939 - 09/13/2019


Dr. E. C. Leslie, Jr. passed away on September 13, 2019 following a brief illness. The family will host a time of fellowship and remembrance from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday, September 20, 2019, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life of 88 years at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 21, 2019, at Monterey Church of Christ. Family and friends are invited to share memories and expressions of sympathy, and view Dr. E. C. Leslie’s life tribute at

E. C. was born February 12, 1931, to Ernest Cleo and Estelle Deason Leslie in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from Paseo High School in Kansas City, MO, in 1947 and then went on to attend Central Missouri State, where he received his Bachelor of Science in 1952.  E. C. married Johnnie Kaneaster  in Kansas City, Missouri. He received his Master’s degree in  Education at Texas Tech University in 1957, and his  Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Texas Tech University in 1970.

At the age of 19, he signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates and played in their minor league system for two years. His baseball career was cut short by the Korean War as he was called to serve in the U.S. Army in 1952. He returned to baseball and played for two additional years in the minor leagues. During this time with the Lubbock Hubbers, he and his wife decided to make Lubbock their home.

Dr. E.C. Leslie served with the Lubbock Independent School District for more than 30 years. He began his career in 1957 as an American history teacher and baseball coach at Lubbock High School. In 1961 he became a  counselor at Lubbock High and later served as the school’s Assistant Principal and Principal.  After serving as the principal of Lubbock High for four years, he became  Assistant Superintendent for Lubbock ISD.  In 1984 he was named Lubbock ISD Superintendent and served in that role until his retirement in 1989.

E.C. was a founding member of  Monterey Church of Christ, where he served as an elder, deacon, bible school teacher, and Christian mentor. He was involved in many community and professional activities, contributing both as a member and as President on the boards of numerous civic organizations. He was honored with multiple awards from the communities he served.  Although he received much recognition,  he valued his relationship with God and family as the highest possible achievement.

In his free time he could be found on the tennis court, at a ballgame, or playing bridge.  He  loved watching his grandkids play sports and  weekly coffee and laughs with his Wisdom Club. Late in his life, he became the primary caretaker for his wife, Johnnie, who suffered from dementia.  He was a model of love, patience, commitment, and humility to all who knew him. He has run the race and received the ultimate prize of heaven, finally rejoining the love of his life.

Those left to cherish his memories include his children; Leigh Leslie and husband, Fred Curdts of Silver Spring, MD;  Tim Leslie and wife, Susan of Lubbock, TX; grandchildren, Logan Leslie and wife, Courtney; Brent Leslie and wife, Kyleigh; Evan Curdts, Lydia Curdts; and sister, Judy Denney.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest Cleo, Sr. and Estelle Leslie; wife, Johnnie Leslie; and sister, Marilyn Klick.

Special thanks to Legacy of the South Plains and Hospice of Lubbock who lovingly cared for him during the last months of his life.


In lieu of flowers, the family of Dr. E. C. Leslie has requested memorial donations be made to Lubbock Christian University/ E.C. Leslie Family Endowed Scholarship, Lubbock Christian University Advancement, 5601 19th Street, Lubbock, Texas 79407,, or the Children’s Home of Lubbock, P.O. Box 2824, Lubbock, Texas 79408,


Location: Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers
Start Time:5:00 pm
End Time:7:00 pm

Funeral Service

Location: Monterey Church of Christ
Start Time:11:00 am
End Time:12:00 pm


11 Comments on “Dr. E. C. Leslie, Jr.”

  1. Tim, our deepest condolences to you and your family. We thought the world of your dad and will miss his dynamic smile. So blessed we crossed his journey. Peace be with you.

  2. Dr. Leslie, I’m so sorry for your loss. Losing a parent is so hard. But just think of the eventful day your dad had… he got to see Jesus face to face. Oh what a moment that must’ve been! He is healed and whole now and I’m sure he’s ready to lead the choir! He was so strong but he was ready to go home. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7
    Love and prayers to you and your family.
    Lynn Womack

  3. Tim and Susan, Jack and I loved your precious mom and dad. So happy they are together with their savior. They made such a great impression to all in the name of Christ.Our love and prayers to your family. In him Jack and Gerry Kastman

  4. The LHS Class of 1969 were blessed to have Mr. E.C. Leslie as our principal. He was more than a principal. He was a counselor, supporter, and a great example of what a true Christian leader is all about. He followed the rules to the tee, but he found a way to help students in rough or troubled times. Recently we were also blessed to have him attend our 50th reunion. It meant a lot to us at the time, but now that he’s passed; it means even more that we was able to share special memories with him. We will never forget him. He is a true legend in our hearts. Our prayers and sympathy to all the family during this time of loss, but remember the great memories you have with him and know that he lived a full, happy life.

  5. LHS Class of 1973 was very blessed to have had Dr. E. C. Leslie as our high school principal. Dr. Leslie always had a warm hug and such a beautiful smile for all his students. He fought the good fight & has earned his wings in heaven. He will be missed. My thoughts & prayers go out to Dr. Tim Leslie and his immediate family & friends.

  6. May the God of all comfort be with you and your family. 2 Corinthians 1: 3-5

  7. E. C. was a great sportsman and capable tennis player, enjoyed his friendship for many years.

  8. Tim & Susan Leslie,
    I am so sorry to hear about ur Dad passing. I’m so happy for him because he’s in a wonderful place now and can be with all his loved ones that have gone before him. He was a very loved & respected & I was so blessed to have graduated in 1969 ffrom Lubbock High, our whole class loved & respected him. My heart is breaking for you & ur family. Lots of prayers going up for you all! ?
    Gillea Stafford Chandler

  9. Dear Family and Friends,

    On behalf of my Mother, Mrs Ruby Lee Douglass, who taught English at Lubbock High when E.C. Leslie joined the faculty.

    She respected him for his personality and as an educator, and really enjoyed knowing him at LHS.

    My Mother passed in 2010. E.C. attended her 95th Birthday celebration at Grand Court Assisted Living in Lubbock in 2007. She was trilled and elated E.C. was present.

    Your family and friends are blessed to have had E.C Leslie in each relationship.

    Gordon Douglass (MHS class 68)
    and my sister Janet Douglass Fincher (MHS class 65)

  10. I joined the administrative staff of Lubbock ISD in July, 1972. I served as an elementary principal for 25 years and always knew I could count on his support. The most important quality he demonstrated as our superintendent was his honor and high moral standards. He wouldn’t hesitate to hold us accountable in our performance as school leaders. He did so with care and concern for us.
    My family and I attended Monterey Church of Christ for several years after we moved to Lubbock. It was always easy to see his love and dedication in his role as an elder. He was a Bible Class teacher par excellence. He loved God’s word and his life showed it. It was an honor to know him as a friend and colleague.
    I have one more thought as I remember his life: “Well done good and faithful servant.”

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