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 Leslie H “Les” Heard

Leslie H “Les” Heard

Death 26 Mar 2008 (aged 56)
Burial Hixson, Hamilton County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 59000073 · View Source
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Les Heard

Leslie H. Heard, of East Ridge, passed away on Wednesday, March 26, 2008.

Les was president of the American Federation of Musicians for 18 years and president emeritus of Local 80 U.S. and Canada. He served on the executive board prior to being elected president. He was an active member of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Association Orchestra for 28 years, and a teacher of music, since age 16, with a particular love of jazz drums.

Les graduated East Ridge High School in 1969 and attended University of Tennessee Knoxville and graduated University of Tennessee Chattanooga in 1974. He also performed with the Chattanooga Youth Symphony and Knoxville Symphony and was a member of Jones Memorial Methodist Church.

Mr. Heard was preceded in death by his father, Jack Heard, of East Ridge.

Les is survived by his wife, Ernestine "Ernie" Heard; mother, Dorothy Heard, of East Ridge; daughter, Juliet Heard Westbrook, husband, Chris Westbrook and expected son, of Tucson, Ariz.; son, Matthew Heard; granddaughter, Michelle Heard, of Boulder, Colo.; sister, Jacqueline Heard Owens; husband, Don, of Knoxville; nieces, Amy Owens Purcell and husband, Jason, Mary Owens Brown and husband, Dustin, of Knoxville; nephews, Reed Brown and Noah Purcell.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday in the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with the Rev. Wayland Stewart officiating.

Interment will follow in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Donations may be sent to Hospice of Chattanooga.

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Arrangements by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, 404 S. Moore Road.




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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Leslie H “Les” Heard (7 Jun 1951–26 Mar 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 59000073, citing Hamilton Memorial Gardens, Hixson, Hamilton County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by T Burt (contributor 47009168) .