Nelsen Williamsburg

3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg, VA


Janet Pugh Leighton

December 3, 1932July 30, 2020

Janet P. Leighton, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on July 30, 2020 at the age of 87.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Lewis and Reba Marie (Garst) Pugh; husband, James H. Leighton; sisters Lorene P. Bryant and Inez Denny; brother, Roy Pugh; son, David B. Stevens; and granddaughter, Hazel M. Stevens. She is survived by her sons, Gary Stevens (Susan) of Jacksonville Beach, FL; John O. Stevens of Newport News, VA; John R. Stevens (Bobbi Jo) of Williamsburg, VA; stepdaughter, Vicki Huffman of Salem, VA; brother-in-law Robert “Bob” Leighton of Virginia Beach, VA; nephews, Dr. Edward Pugh of Warsaw, VA; Robert Leighton (Carolyn); Perry Leighton (Denise) all of Virginia Beach, VA and grandchildren, Tracy Stevens of Las Vegas, NV; W. Massie Stevens of Lanexa, VA; Trevor Stevens and Jared (Alexa) Stevens all of Jacksonville Beach, FL; Seth Huffman (Lauren) of Richmond, VA; Luke Huffman of Roanoke, VA; Adeline Stevens, Williamsburg, VA and several great grandchildren.

Janet married Massie C. Stevens in 1953. Massie served our country as a TSGT in the US Air Force. They were stationed at several bases in the US as well as Japan. She married James H. Leighton in 1981. He served our country as a Sgt. Major in the US Army Reserve. She proudly served our country as a military wife.

She worked for Woolco (Williamsburg) in the 70's. In 1983 she earned her CNA at the Virginia Western Community College, upon graduation she worked with home bound terminal cancer patients. She worked for QVC (Roanoke) in the 80's and Jefferson National Bank in Williamsburg in the 90's. She was an active member of the Walnut Hills Baptist Church of Williamsburg, as long as she was able. She assisted as a financial teller and enjoyed being part of the WMU group and served on various committees. She enjoyed her hobbies of ceramics and preserving flower arrangements and growing garden flowers at home. She loved thrill rides, any kind of roller coaster, and motorcycles (as a passenger). She had that “speed bug”. She was well loved and will be missed greatly by many.

No open public service will be held. A closed private graveside service will be held for family at Williamsburg Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Pkwy., Williamsburg, VA 23188, or Walnut Hills Mortgage Reduction Fund for Walnut Hills Baptist Church, 1014 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23185. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.nelsenwilliamsburg.com.


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Faye Jenkins Keenan

August 5, 2020

Janet and I shared a WMU Circle at Walnut Hills Baptist Church many years ago. We worked hard, laughed even harder and served the Lord with gladness. Her smile will forever be in my memory along with her love of her sisters in Christ. God bless her family during their sadness.

Paula Kiser

August 3, 2020

Rob,John, and Gary, My mother , Donnie Lewis, truly lost her best friend. Janet was my mom’s church, shopping, and Cracker Barrel buddy. You can’t imagine how hard it was to bring mom closer to where I live but farther from your mom. She will be missed by both of us. Love, Paula Lewis Kiser and Donnie Lewis

Nancy Elliott

August 1, 2020

John, Rob, Gary and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.
I have a lifetime of memories of Janet - from cookouts and homemade ice cream when we were neighbors in Rolling Woods; to 4th of July fireworks in CW; to visits to Busch Gardens where she convinced me to ride a roller coaster for the first time; to many shared joys and sorrows over the years. Our friendship knew no generation gap. Her laughter was contagious and her faith was steadfast. “Absent from the body, present with the Lord”, she is eternally free of pain and in the loving arms of our Savior.
Hold tight to your memories to bring you joy and to your faith to keep you grounded. Thinking about you all today and in the days ahead.

With much love and deepest sympathy,
Jack and Nancy (Kivett) Elliott


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