Thomas “Tommy” Howard Leggett passed away peacefully on Friday, December 20, 2019 at the age of 93. He was born in Gadsden, Tennessee on September 8, 1926 to the late Walter Columbus Leggett and Rosa Belle Webb Leggett. Tommy is survived by his wife of 69 years, Pearl Acosta Leggett. Loving and devoted father of Bradley Thomas Leggett (Connie) and grandfather of Braelyn Elizabeth Leggett and Colton Bradley Leggett. Brother of the late Raymond Leggett (Eunice), Jewell Bailey (Arthur), Cyrus L. Leggett (Elizabeth), Louise Woodson (W.H.), Clarence Leggett (Virginia), Evelyn Buford (Jim) and Lydia Williams (Bill). Brother-in-law of the late Albert Acosta Jr. (Jessie). He had many nieces, nephews, and cousins of which he was very fond of. He is also preceded in death by his in-laws, Albert A. Acosta and Elise Rivere Acosta. Tommy lived in Tennessee and graduated from Bells High School and joined the U.S. Army in 1945 serving as a Rifleman in World War II. Tommy moved to Napoleonville to work with his brother, Raymond, who was in the logging business. There he met Pearl and they married on November 26, 1950. They moved from there to New Orleans, Louisiana where he worked for New Orleans Public Service. (NOPSI) Tommy then owned and operated Leggett’s Hardware in Bridge City and was a maintenance man at Holy Guardian Angels Catholic Church until his retirement. As a parishioner of the church he served as a Eucharistic Minister and Lector. He was also a member of the Men’s Club. The church honored him as Man of the year, Father of the year and family of the year. In recognition of leadership and dedicated service to his parish and throughout the Archdiocese of New Orleans he was awarded the Order of St. Louis Medallion. In 1989 Tommy was selected to reign as King Creole Gumbo XVI. For the last 6 years he was a resident of Covington, Louisiana where he attended Mass faithfully at St. Anselm Church in Madisonville. With Tommy’s love of antiques and the desire to find the “Hidden Treasures” he went into Flea Marketing, where he met people from all walks of life and from all over the country. His greatest past time was salt water and fresh water fishing and went every chance he got. Tommy loved people and never met a stranger. With his dry humor he entertained all with a smile on his face that will be sorely missed. A special thanks to the medical staff of St. Tammany Parish Hospital and St. Tammany Parish Hospital Hospice for their compassion and support. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. at Holy Guardian Angels Catholic Church 1701 Bridge City Avenue, Bridge City, Louisiana 70094 with visitation from 9:00 a.m. until service time. Interment to follow in Westlawn Cemetery 1225 Whitney Avenue Gretna, Louisiana 70056. In lieu of flowers masses or donations in Tommy’s memory may be made to, Holy Guardian Church for upkeep, St. Anslem Catholic Church building fund, or St. Francis Animal Sanctuary in Mandeville and Tylertown, Mississippi.
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