He was born in Coral Gables, Fla., to the late Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Glenn Lesley.
He was a graduate of Darlington School in Rome. He attended Washington and Lee University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was the president of AID Corporation from 1967 until 1985. From 1987 until 2001 he was vice president and co-owner of Toccoa Wood Products. After he retired, he returned to work for Northeast Georgia Heating & Air in sales.
He was an active member of Rotary for a number of years and was a founding member of the Clayton Rotary Spring Team Tournament, serving as chairman in 1982. He was instrumental in the development of the recreation department’s Challenger league softball and basketball programs for handicapped adults and children. He was a member of Clayton First United Methodist Church for 64 years.
He is survived by his wife, Diane B. Lesley; a son, Capt. William R. Lesley and wife Sara and two grandchildren, Anna and Blake Lesley, all of Fort Bragg, N.C.; a daughter, Julie Lesley of Tiger; and two brothers, Glenn Lesley and wife Carole of Greensboro, N.C., and Don Lesley and wife Cindi of Seneca, S.C.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at Clayton First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Hal Brady officiating. Burial followed at Rabun Memory Park.
Beck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at http://www.beckfuneralhome.com.