By Wm H Newman; M J Clements; G W Cambron, 1886

The Rev. Robert G. McLeskey was born January 6, 1837, and at the age of nine or ten years attached himself to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at Green Hill, Weakley County, Tenn. He was educated at Bethel College, McLemoresville, Tenn. It is said of him that his boyhood days were well and usefully spent; that his example was good, and that his early life was one continued ray of sunshine.

In 1861 he enlisted in the Confederate army; performed all the duties required of him as a soldier tothe end of that unhappy contect; and was wounded at the battler of Shiloh, and never fully recovered from the effects of the injury.

His father and two brothers were all ministers of the Gospel in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He followed the example set before him and was taken under the care of Hopewell Presbytery at Rutherford, Tenn., March 31, 1866; was licensed at Humboldt, Tenn., October 6, 1867. He ministered for several years to congregations in Tennessee and for a short time in Paducah. On January 1, 1877, he was employed by the congregation at Caseyville. In 1878 he purchased property and removed his family to Caseyville. His labors were divided between Caseyville, Mt. Ephriam, Madisonville and Greenville, Ky., until 1883, when, on account of declining health he gave up all but Caseyville and Mt. Ephraim. In the spring of 1884 his health became so bad that he gave up preaching, and, in company with his wife, made a trip to Mississippi, returned to Madisonville in September and died of consumption on the 15th of October, 1884.

He joined the Masons in early life, and the Knights of Honor in 1877. Being a Knight Templar, that order, together with the Knights of Honor, performed the funeral service, assisted by Rev. A. B. Buchanan, of Madisonville, Ky.

His culture and rare attainments had won for him the admiration and esteem of all who knew him, and he was always ready to help in the discharge of the duties due his Master. His light has enabled many wandering feet to turn from destruction to Christ. He was a shining star among us. Death came with his sickle and the true pastor and kind friend peacefully folded his hands and closed his eyes to earth, but has ere this opened them on eternal bliss.