M.F. 'Pete''s Story

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M.F. "Pete" Leggett Sr., 91, of Greenville, formerly of San Angelo, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, at Broadmoor Medical Lodge in Rockwall. Funeral service was at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 9, at Community Baptist Church in Royse City under the direction of Coker-Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Les Joslin will officiate. Interment followed in Shady Grove Cemetery with military honors and a Masonic service.
Visitation was Sept. 8, 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mr. Leggett was born in Greenville, Texas on Jan. 1, 1925. He was the son of Fred Leggett and Effie Ola Stipe Leggett. He married Eunice M. Wood on April 4, 1945, in Rockwall; she preceded him in death on June 12, 1998. He married Jo Forehand Howell on June 12, 2004. He was superintendent line crew for West Texas Utilities, retiring in 1987 with 38 years of service. He was a member of Community Baptist Church in Royse City, serving as a deacon. Mr. Leggett was a Free Mason, member of Tri-County Honor Guard and was a sitter for hospice.
Mr. Leggett served in the Marine Corps from Feb. 10, 1942, to Feb. 10, 1946. He served mostly in the Pacific Theater. He saw action at Guadalcanal, Tarawa Atoll and Saipan and Tinian, Marianas Islands. He was wounded in action on Tarawa Atoll and received the Purple Heart Medal.
Survivors include his wife, Jo Howell Leggett; son Manzy Fred Leggett Jr. and wife Carol; daughters Sheila Brown and husband John and Karen Meloling and husband Buz; sister Lena Faye Smith; stepson Lanny Howell and wife Liz; stepdaughters Phyllis O'Reilly and friend Bill, Vicki Lumley and husband Sandy, Cheryl Lentz and husband Dennis and Kimberly Butler and husband Chris; six grandchildren; 12 stepgrandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; seven stepgreat-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, nine brothers and sisters, two half brothers and one half sister.
Pallbearers will be Rick Brown, Barry Hogue, Trey Leggett, Tanner Brown, Landan Howell and Michael Howell. Honorary pallbearers will be Masonic Brothers.
The family requests memorials be made to Alzheimer's Association, 4144 North Central Expressway, Suite 750, Dallas, Texas 75204.
Published on September 13, 2016
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