Michael Lydell Leland, 73, owner of the former Miss Alex restaurant at Germantown and Mt. Airy avenues in Mt. Airy, died April 7 of complications from lung cancer at his home in Germantown.
Mr. Leland operated the restaurant for 15 years until it was closed in 1982. After closing the restaurant, he worked for a time as a dispatcher at the Belmont Barracks of the Pennsylvania State Police.
Born in Oil City, Pa., he moved with his family to Germantown in 1944 and graduated from Germantown High School. He served in the Navy as a medical corpsman at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
Mr. Leland was a member of the Germantown Community Presbyterian Church, where he was an ordained elder and sang in the choir.
He is survived by his wife, the former Jayne Howard; a son Michael II; his mother, Marian Freda “Bobbi” Alexander Leland; a sister, ReaCarole Leland; a brother, Donald; stepdaughters Chanel Smith and Yvonne Howard, and two step-grandchildren. Mr. Leland’s first wife, the former Carolyn Bullock, preceded him in death.
A memorial service was held April 24 at the Germantown Community Presbyterian Church.