Stevens (Steve) D. Leslie

Stevens (Steve) D. Leslie passed away on Saturday, August 21, at the age of 74 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Steve, as he was known by friends and family, was a devoted husband and loving father, PawPaw, and brother. Steve was also an incredible man of character, integrity and his personality always filled any room. He was born to Wilmer M. and Mabel Stevens Leslie in Mobile, AL on February 19, 1947. Steve grew up in Mobile and married his high school sweetheart, Romona, in 1965.


Professionally, Steve worked tirelessly from the moment he started his career in 1966 as the youngest manager at the time for Auto-Lec. He then became the general manager for Western Auto in Bessemer, AL and eventually transferred to their Mobile, AL location. In the late 1970s, Steve became the outside sales engineer for AAA Air and Hydraulics where he learned about the emerging fluid power market. In 1980, he was hired by Hydradyne Hydraulics to be the branch manager for their new store in Mobile. In 1983, Steve moved his family to New Orleans (Algiers) and was promoted to President of Hydradyne Hydraulics during which time he was nominated and awarded Businessman of The Year. In 1990, Steve moved to Madison, MS, and started his own company, Hydraulic Service & Supply where he worked until his retirement in 2012. In 2014, Steve and Romona moved to Orange Beach, Alabama to enjoy the beach, boating and the beautiful water views. 


Steve was a born leader in every facet of his life. He coached girls fast-pitch softball, baseball, and football.  He was a member of the Mystic Stripers Society (Mardi Gras), in Mobile, Alabama, where he was King Striper in 1987. He served as the President and Architectural Review Chairman of the Whisper Lake HOA in Madison for 16 years, the Madison Organization of Neighborhood Associations (MONA), and the Walker Key HOA in Orange Beach for 3 years. He served on the Hospitality Board and Finance committees at Orange Beach United Methodist Church. During his time in Madison, MS, he was on the board for the Mississippi Model Boaters Association where he raced RC boats and became National Champion in the open class catamaran division.


Steve certainly lived life to the fullest!  During his life, he owned a 64 Chevy II Nova, a dirt track race car, a dune buggy, horses, multiple boats, and even a catamaran sailboat which was featured on the cover of the Mobile phonebook. He enjoyed many trips to Talladega Superspeedway with his friends to watch Nascar. Some of his best memories were taking his Yamaha V-Star for long rides with his 447 motorcycle group.  He loved his cross-country motorcycle trips with his buddies.  Steve loved to go out fishing on his boat in Orange Beach. He was an avid golfer his entire life, Auburn Tigers football's biggest fan, and in retirement, found a passion for Pickleball. 


Steve was preceded in death by his parents, his older brother G. Roderick "Rod" Leslie and sister Lorian L. Brownlee.


Steve is survived by his wife, Romona E. Leslie, of 56 years; Daughters - Rhonda Elaine Chiao (Karl) and Stephanie Stevens (Richard); Brothers - Bill Leslie (Mary) and Michael Leslie (Jennifer); Four grandchildren that he adored, Alexandra Sizemore (Ben), Austin Williamson (Chelsea), Addison Stevens and Ayden Stevens, extended family and many friends.


A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, October 2 at the Orange Beach United Methodist Church in Orange Beach, Alabama at 11:00 am.