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Leslie Orville Connally

Leslie Orville Connally died on Nov. 12 at a Temple hospital. Services were held on Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. at Dossman Funeral Home with Pastor Justin Childers and Bro. Bill Adams officiating. Final resting place will be at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, Killeen.
The family received friends for visitation Thursday evening at the Dossman Funeral Home.
He was born July 9, 1929, in San Angelo, Texas, to Leslie O. Connally and Kathleen Harris Connally.


He attended several schools all over Texas such as Oak Cliff in 1st grade, Corpus Christi, and graduated from Wichita Falls High School in 1947. He attended college at Howard County Junior College in Big Springs, Texas, Baylor in Waco and University of Texas at Arlington.
He met his wife Mary Helen Ogden Connally at the Walgreens in Waco and married in Waco on April 7, 1951, in the Chapel at Connally Air Force Base where he was stationed at that time. He was an Instrument Flight Instructor. They moved to Sacramento where he was stationed at Mather Air Force Base until he left the service in July of 1952. He served four years during the Korean War and was honorably discharged.
When he got out of the service they moved to Waco, Dallas, Grand Prairie, Arlington, San Saba and ended in Belton in 1975.
He worked for Texas Instruments from 1963 to 1996 when he retired. He was a chemical engineer.
He was a deacon at Miller Heights Baptist Church and was a member there since 1977.
He was a past president of the Tri-City Gem and Mineral Club of Temple. He loved to polish rock and facet stones to make beautiful jewelry.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Connally; son, Leslie Connally and wife Jeanne Connally; daughter, Deborah Kay Connally-Abbott and husband Charles Abbott; son, Larry Connally and wife Cheri Connally; sisters, Carolyn Connally and Paula Miller; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; one aunt, one uncle and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Miller Heights Baptist Church 1400 South Main Belton, Texas 76513.