Albert Charles Leader, 76, of Lakota Farms and of Pinehurst, passed away on December 16, 2017 at FirstHealth Hospice House in Pinehurst.

Born on April 6, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Dr. Luther R. Leader and Marian Widman Leader. Albert graduated from Culver Military Academy in 1959.

While attending the academy, he had the honor of marching in President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s inaugural parade with the Black Horse Troop. He was captain of his high school football team and following graduation was very proud to attend and play football at the University of Michigan.

Upon graduation, he joined the US Marine Corps and served as an A6 Pilot with two tours in Vietnam. During his service, he was awarded 3 Air Medals, 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses and retired from the Marines with the rank of Captain.

After his service in the military, he attended and graduated with a Law Degree from the University of Miami Law School. He practiced at Wilson, Portnoy, Pidgeon, Leader, and Roth Law Firm until his retirement.

While in Pinehurst, he was proud to have been instrumental in the dedication of George Marshall Park and served as Chairman of the Board for Prancing Horse for Therapeutic Horsemanship.

“Gus” will be remembered by his family, friends, and animals as a giving, kind, loyal, and loving friend.

He is survived by his two children, Zachary Leader (Elizabeth) of Park City, UT and Alexis Leader (Ryan) of Royal Oak, MI; two sisters, Susan Wilson of Franklin, MI and Janie Cooper of Lake Forest, IL; also survived by one granddaughter, Hannah McAuliffe.

A memorial service will be held at The Village Chapel of Pinehurst on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. A second service will be held at a later date in Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Prancing Horse for Therapeutic Horsemanship, 6100 Hoffman Road Hoffman, NC 28347 or FirstHealth Hospice Foundation, 150 Applecross Road Pinehurst, NC 28374.

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