Leonard Daniel Sheads, 62, a retired attorney and former resident of Alexandria, died Feb. 20 at his home in Charlottesville, Va., following a heart attack.

Mr. Sheads, who specialized in real estate law, was associated with the firm of Clarke, Richard, Moncure and Whitehead in Alexandria for about 15 years before his retirement in 1966.

Before that he practiced law in Arlington and had been associated for a time with the Arlington firm of Adams, Porter, Radigan and May.

He was born and reared in Alexandria and graduated from Alexandria High School in 1933, where he was on the football and track teams.

He earned a law degree from the University of Virginia's law school in 1938.

During World War II, he served in the Army's counter-intelligence branch in Philadelphia.

Mr. Sheads collected rare books and first editions and had operated a rare book store in Washington for about two years in the 1950s.

He lived in Alexandria before moving to Charlottesville in about 1970.

He was a member of the Temple Baptist Church in Alexandria and served as chairman of the Alexandria Tax Equalization Board. He also was a charter member of the Civil War Roundtable of Alexandria.

Survivors include his wife, Alice Lemley Sheads, and two nieces and one nephew, Denise, Lora and Stuart, of the home in Charlottesville; a sister, Margaret Sheads Forbes, of Alexandria; and a brother, Beverly, of Randallstown, Md.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Heart Association.