OBITUARY

John Oliver Leggett Sr.

January 5, 1943July 5, 2021
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John Oliver Leggett Sr. (Johnny), 78 of Macon, GA, lost his battle with Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia at his home on July 5, 2021. However, he fought the good fight, kept his faith and finished the race.

He was a loving husband to Lynda Fuller Leggett for 50 years, and a loving father to John Leggett Jr. of Daytona, FL, Lori Neshimka (John) of Millstone, NJ, Jessica Flemming (Josh) of Nevada City, CA. And, he adored his 3 grandchildren, Bobbie Neshimka, Jenna Neshimka, and Jada Flemming.

John is preceded in death by his parents, C.A. Leggett and Marjorie Nowell Leggett, and his brother Chuck Leggett. He is survived by two brothers Wayne Leggett (Glenda) of Macon, GA and Michael Leggett (Terry) of Macon, GA, and his sister Jennifer Brannen (Joseph) of Winder, GA, as well as many nieces and nephews.

As a young man he was a member of Tattnall Square Baptist Church. From 1980 - 1995 he and Lynda were members of Tabernacle Baptist Church where they taught 5th and 6th graders for many years. They became members of Ingleside Baptist Church from 1995 - 2021.

John served in the Navy from 1960-1964. His naval ship, the USS Gyatt, was part of a fleet in the Cuban Missile Crises that faced the potential confrontation between the US and Soviet Union, leaving him with a hearing disability due to weeks of shooting- practice preparing for possible war. After the navy, he was employed as a printer for Southern Press before starting his own construction framing crew. Soon afterwards he began his own business, Leggett Construction Company, which he continued through 2018 when he retired.

He participated in amateur boxing competitions with Golden Gloves of America. Some of his adult hobbies were hunting and fishing; and he was an advanced open water scuba diver. At age 65 he decided he wanted to learn music and the violin. He loved to do his practicing in front of people until his illness kept him from playing. John loved the mountains of North Georgia and the memories of his childhood vacations at Tybee Island. He was also a collector of knives and would often buy one from a restaurant if he liked it. Then he enjoyed giving them away.

He loved people and always had a funny quip for everyone. He will be remembered for his warm, endearing sense of humor which drew people to him.

Family will receive friends on Monday, July 12, 2021, from 10 until 11 o'clock, in the Fellowship Hall of Ingleside Baptist Church. John's Celebration of Life will begin at 11 o'clock, in the Sanctuary of Ingleside Baptist Church, led by Dr. Mark Hudgins. In lieu of flowers, please make any contributions to your favorite charity.

Visit www.snowsmacon.com to express condolences.

Arrangements entrusted to Snow's Memorial Chapel, Bass Road.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, July 12, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Monday, July 12, 2021

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Dianne Byrd

July 13, 2021

What an awesome crowd there was to celebrate John. Evidence of how many lives he touched with you by his side. You were a loving & compassionate wife & partner to him & I know you will have a piece of your heart with him in Heaven. I remember the night you both met & the attraction was immediate. It’s always been there ❤️.
If you can think of anything I can do, please let me know.

Susan & Landal Mitchell

July 12, 2021

Dear Lynda and Family- Our love and deepest heartfelt sympathy . It was nice to know that John had our wonderful caregiver, Sharon Boykin, who so wonderfully helped with my mother before she passed in January 2020. May God wrap you up in His arms of love and comfort you at this time of such great sadness. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Susan & Landal Mitchell

Wayne & Elaine Murray

July 10, 2021

Lynda, Wayne and I are so sorry for your loss. We will miss seeing John at church. He always had a funny story or a witty comment. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Robby & Merry Harris

July 9, 2021

John was a sweet friend. He had a great sense of humor. A great guy.
We offer our blessings, love and prayers to you Lynda and the family.

Sandy Davis

July 9, 2021

Lynda we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Joy Creamer

July 8, 2021

I just want to say how sorry I am for the family's loss. The Leggett Family is very special to me. Thinking back to my childhood days on Orange Street has always been a very special memory for me. Linda and Jennifer you are in my prayers.
Love,
Joy Creamer

Stephanie Floyd

July 8, 2021

Lynda, John, Lori and Jessica, he will forever be remembered by me as “Daddy Johnny” , and his legacy lives on through all of you and those that had the joy of knowing him and loving him!!

Wade McCurry

July 8, 2021

Lynda , Mike and family,

So sorry to learn of John’s passing. I will always remember John as funny and witty and always the smirky smile he wore so often , a good companion to be with. I will remember the year John and I were in a BSF class together, that in addition to the above traits, John’s strong faith and zeal for knowledge and understanding of the things of Christ made him a valuable classmate and witness for our Lord. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you but take comfort hopefully that I and many will have always pleasant and comforting memories of John. Blessings, Wade McCurry

Bob Barthelemy

July 7, 2021

My memories of John are he was a peaceful man of joy which speaks volumes as to his spiritual relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ! Although he suffered for a while, he is now renewed and with our savior! Our prayers for the family during this time.

Patsy & Russell Fellows

July 7, 2021

Dear Lynda & Family... Our hearts are broken! He fought well and his fight has gained him his Heavenly reward!
Lynda... You also fought hard and gave it your all.
Russell & I are so very proud of you!
Asking God to allow you to feel His Arms of Love and Comfort in the days ahead.
Reach out and receive His Love for you during these dark hours.
You are loved by... 2 Fellows
❤ Patsy & Russell

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