Michael E. Leadlay

November 11, 1973October 18, 2013
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Michael Elliott Leadlay, 39 November 11, 1973 - October 18, 2013

Michael's life was taken way too early in a tragic plane crash near Tifton, Georgia on his way to spend time with his family at a Kentucky lake house retreat where he pursued his passion fishing on Lake Barkley with his family. He was traveling in the plane together with his beloved Boston Terrier, Lucy. The details surrounding the plane crash are still under investigation by the FAA/NTSB.

He was a beloved son, brother, uncle, brother-in-law, and friend. He never met a stranger and would give the shirt off of his back to anyone in need. He wore his heart on his sleeve, and was able to rally people together to affect change in this world.

Michael was a graduate of Merritt Island High School, attended Florida State University, worked in the family antique business and attained his Real Estate License. He continued to build a successful real estate career with Keller Williams Realty. His life as a realtor allowed him to showcase his personal strengths as a servant leader. He led many people in his role as a Team Leader and partner with Keller Williams in several offices located in Orlando, Oviedo, Port Orange, Daytona Beach and Melbourne, Florida.

Michael will continue to touch the lives of so many in this world, and has made an impact on everyone he met. He will continue to touch our lives as a special guardian angel looking over us. His final real estate gained in value when he walked through the gate of Heaven.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents and his maternal grandmother. He is survived by his mom and dad, Brenda and Elliott Leadlay of Merritt Island, his brother Gregory Musselwhite (sister-in-law Denise) of Oviedo, sister Candace Jones (brother-in-law Ron) of Merritt Island, nephews Tyler, Riley and Nicolas and niece Alaina.

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Private family burial to follow Memorial Service at Highland Memory Gardens, Apopka, Florida. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Habitat for Humanity in Volusia County or a charity of your choice in Michael's honor. Donations to Habitat for Humanity can be made by calling: 1-800-422-4828 from 8:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday. Please ask for Crystal or Cindy and let them know that you are making a donation in memory of Michael Leadlay. Please have your memorial cards sent to Elliot Leadlay at 575 Indian Bay Blvd., Merritt Island, FL 32953.


  • Visitation Friday, October 25, 2013
  • Visitation Saturday, October 26, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, October 26, 2013

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Diane and Gene Sams

November 15, 2014

Our hearts are broken as we look at this picture. We want to share of our fond memories of Michael and his dad visiting our home at the lake in Kentucky with our family in September 2012. We had the opportunity to know Michael from the time he was an infant and loved him so much. He and his family are like family members to us. We miss him in our lives so much, but we know he will always live in our hearts forever. We will remember all the good times we have had together, and praise God for that opportunity. Our Love Forever, Uncle Gene and Aunt Diane

Gregory Popp

August 4, 2014

As time passes the grief of loss diminishes but in its place the lasting, positive impact that Michael had upon so many becomes even more apparent. He was a truly amazing person and a reflection of the parenting he was given by Brenda and Elliott, and the loving environment of the their family and home. Michael left them and us much too soon but we are all blessed for the privilege of having known him and his being a part of our lives. What a legacy of love, caring, and kindness he has left. We honor him by passing this forward. I hope that each day brings to Brenda, Elliott, Candy, Greg, and all who were touched by Michael, peace and comfort in his eternal well-being.

Letrissa Frieson

August 3, 2014

From the day we met my world was better! We met as strangers and blossomed into Friends! Michael is so missed! He is unforgettable and I think of him often. I can only hope that your hearts are healed one day at a time. Rest In Paradise my dear sweet friend!

Bruce Bergstrom

August 1, 2014

I wasn't an agent long at your office, Michael, but you sure made it an exciting and enthusiastic experience! I knew right away that you were truly a child of God just by seeing your actions, day by day. You were such a servant leader, just like Jesus! You made me feel special when I just didn't have the confidence. I was saddened when I heard about the accident. I know without a doubt that heaven said "Here he comes!" ..even as we had to sadly say "there he goes." Love and prayers to your family.

Randall & Norma DeMott

July 31, 2014

It has been nine months and still seems like yesterday.
Michael touched our lives in ways we can't explain.
He was born into a wonderful family. His Mom & Dad, Brother & Sister were great examples of what family should be. By their never ending love Michael grew into a wonderful, loving, giving compassionate man. He was also a child of God. Michael's life saved many for the kingdom of God. In his passing he saved even more. He was a remarkable young man. Michael's physically presence is no longer here but he lives on forever in the hearts and minds of so many.
Michael is now in the arms of God.

With Much Love and Prayers,
Randall & Norma

Pam Gimenez

July 31, 2014

Michael and Lucy will remain In my thoughts.

Janice Baldwin

July 31, 2014


You are missed everyday. I think about you often and cherish the memories we had together. You were always there to cheer me on, be a rock in my life and always had the best advice. I miss your HUGS, your smile, your sweet texts and voice mails. But most of all I miss what YOU brought to this world. You brought happiness, love and comfort. You had a way of making everyone feel absolutely special. I look forward to the day I see you again, and get one of your special HUGS. I love you my friend and miss you so much!

Brenda Leadlay

July 31, 2014

This is a personal e-mail that Michael wrote to his mother, Brenda, in March Of 2013:

The subject of Michael's e-mail is “Thank you” with an exclamation point!

Hey Momma, 
As you know, I am in Austin this week for some leadership training. We did an exercise yesterday afternoon in class and a follow up homework assignment last night that we had to share today with the class. The title of it was "Who has had the biggest impact on you as it relates to your greatest natural talent and strengths." The basic idea was who taught you, showed you by example, and helped you develop a skill or talent that you use in business today to help reach your goals. We had to write a little bit about that experience and what it has done for us and why it is important. 

I thought about it for a long time and of course I naturally thought about how much Dad has taught me. I thought about how much time he has taken to share with me lessons about life, accomplishing things you set your mind to, a strong work ethic, of course lots about finances and money, and even things about sales and working with people. Some of those lessons he taught me by example because I got to watch him so often doing those things, and lots of times he would take time to explain or teach me things. Dad did this for all of us kids as both children and now as adults. He still teaches me things everyday and I love him for it.  I don't think any child has a better father in the world than I do! 

So last night I got to working on my assignment and I thought I knew exactly what I'd write about. Dad was an easy choice because all he has done. The more I thought about it and the more I got to thinking about things that people tell me that I work with and try to lead on a daily basis, the more I thought about you. I don't know if you realize the huge impact you have had on me in terms of helping me develop what most people would tell you is my biggest asset and talent that I work with everyday. 

When we were kids, you were always there. You were there for all of the carpools, all of the school programs, made family dinners (most nights anyways), and basically always were taking care of us. You welcomed all of our friends to the house to the point where you created an environment at home to where every friend I had as a kid wanted to hang out at our house. You basically took Jeffrey in as your own when his dad traveled and never complained about it. You were always there and I learned so much about people by watching how you treated them. 

As we grew up and went out on our own, you still make it a priority to always host and bring us home. You always go out of your way to make us feel like we mean so much to you. You never miss a chance to make us feel special by doing something for us that's not required or that you have to, but you want to, so you do it. I think I can safely say that all of us kids love to come home because of the way it makes us feel- safe, loved, taken care of, and most of all, comfortable. We had that as kids and now it's just natural for me to feel that way when I'm with you because it's all I have ever known. 

And just so you know, it's not about a house or a certain location, you do it wherever you go and in any location. 

So when I got to thinking about what people I am in business with say about me around the office it struck me that it always starts by them saying how I make them feel. I know that agents can get good training, broker advice, and better commission splits at other places. They stay and love us because of how we make them feel- safe, loved, taken care of, and most of all, comfortable.  That starts with everything I learned from you by example; that is who you are. I believe my staff and our agents would say that's who I am too. 

Don't get me wrong, Dad was great at all of those things too, and everything I learned from him allows me to help agents, I believe, at a high level, as well. But as far as serving others, loving on people, and creating an environment that people love to be in, I wrote about you today to share with the class. 
I just wanted you to know and to say thank you for being a great mom and a great teacher. 
Love you Momma!

This is Brenda's response to Michael's e-mail. The Subject of the e-mail is “Love”
Dear Michael,
I can't began to tell you how much the letter you wrote tonight means to me. Of course it made me cry but a really happy cry. Denise and I were just talking about how we want our last child to stay a baby for a long time, and they seem to grow so fast. They always think they are as big as their brothers and sisters. You were such a special child to the whole family. We needed a baby to complete our family. You were perfect. You have such heart; this comes from both sides of the family. You had a lot of love from everyone and I think that has made you the person you are today. You are smart, handsome, and everyone loves you; that you got from your dad.

I will always be here for you no matter what or how old you get. You were my wonderful baby, my sweet young boy, my teenager, my going to college son; that I wanted everything to be just right for so you would feel at home. Now you are the man I knew you would be. I look at you now and think he's perfect; just like the first time I saw your little face.

I am glad I could be the mom you wanted and needed. When I think about it you are a lot like me in so many ways. I am going to take all the compliments you gave me and cherish them for the rest of my life. I love you so much.
Your, Momma

Many of you know Michael was meticulous about responding to e-mail. This was his reply:

Morning! Very sweet email back to me Momma, thank you for that. I know we are a lot a like because your email made me tear up a bit too, all in a good way.
Have an awesome day! Love you-

January 3, 2014

January 3, 2014