A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Monday, April 8, 2013, in the New Mexico Military Institute Chapel to honor the life of Dr. Gregory Nelson Leadingham. Greg was born on April 5, 1955, in Ashland, Ky., to Ed and Kay Leadingham. His mother preceded him in death.
Greg considered himself to be a lifetime resident of Roswell, moving here from Kentucky as a child with his family. He graduated from Goddard High School in 1973, where he was active in baseball, football and choir. He was selected as an All-State football player his senior year at GHS. Greg attended Western NM University on a football scholarship and later transferred to Eastern NM University to complete his undergraduate degree. Greg received his Doctorate of Optometry in 1980 from the Illinois College of Optometry and returned to Roswell to begin his practice in optometry with his father, and eventually his brother. His dream to carry on a generational family tradition in optometry had been fulfilled.
Because of Greg’s love for Roswell, he became very involved in the community. He served two terms on the Roswell City Council, coached girls softball, boys Little League baseball and was a Boy Scout leader. Greg became a Master Mason for the Masonic Lodge No. 18 and at the time of his death was a member of the Shriner’s Alien Club. Greg was a past president of the New Mexico Optometric Association and previously served as a committee member on the American Optometric Association.
Greg was an avid hunter and enjoyed golfing, scuba diving, and piloting his hot air balloon. He was a member of the NRA and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. His true passion, however, was his love for his children, family and friends. He was a loving father, brother, son and friend and our lives will forever be touched by his love.
Greg is survived by his father Ed Leadingham and wife Bette, of Roswell; brother Allen Leadingham and wife Mishawn, of Alamogordo; brother Ken Leadingham and wife Jacki, of Roswell; sister Cynthia Leadingham, of Houston; sons, Jason Leadingham, of Roswell, Jared Leadingham, of Gilbert, Ariz., Brian Leadingham, of Tukwila, Wash.; daughter Erin Leadingham, of Roswell; two grandchildren, Mackenzie and Cohen Leadingham, of Roswell; and special friends, Lane Leadingham, Pat Mulkey and Jay Blakeney.
Condolences maybe offered online at lagronefuneralchapels.com.
Arrangements are under the personal directions of the professionals at LaGrone Funeral Chapel.