The Times West Virginian


September 15, 2013

William Leggett

William “Randall” Leggett, 87, of Fairmont, passed away on Friday (Sept. 13, 2013) at Fairmont General Hospital.

He was born April 13, 1926, a son of the late Ralph Hayward Leggett and Gussie Ellen Squires Leggett. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Betty Ann Bickers.

Mr. Leggett was a wonderful husband and father who loved his children, but held a special place in his heart for his disabled daughter, Jane.

He worked 40 years for Monongahela Power Co., starting as an apprentice lineman in Salem in 1949, and holding several different positions before retiring as a line coordinator on May 1, 1988.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Fairmont for over 60 years, and an avid golfer. Randall was graduated from Doddridge County High School in 1944, and from Salem College in 1948.

He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Healy as an electrician’s mate third class USNR during World War II. Mr. Leggett was a master mason of Friendship Lodge 56 A.F. & A.M. in West Union for 50 years, a past president of the Salem Kiwanis, and was instrumental in organizing and starting the Marion County Association for Retarded Children and served as the president in 1973.

Mr. Leggett is survived by four children, Randall Richard “Rick” Leggett and his wife Marilyn of Niceville, Fla., Elizabeth “Bunny” Guido and her husband J.P., Bernard Keith Leggett and his wife Jeannine, and Mimi Jane Leggett, all of Fairmont; two grandsons, Michael Scott Leggett of Los Angeles, Calif., and Craig Harrison Guido and his wife Allison of Hanson, Mass.; two great-grandsons, Giovanni Quinn Guido and Miles Benjamin Guido; a sister, Carolyn Gaston of Fairmont; a brother, Denzil Leggett and his wife Barbara of Washington Courthouse, Ohio; two sisters-in-law, Patty Day of Clarksburg and Bernadine Leggett of Buckhannon; two step-grandchildren, John Bland and his wife Mandy of Washington, Pa., and Melissa Lake and her husband Jason of Clarksburg; two step-great-grandchildren, Ethan Lake and Aiden Lake; as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; his brother, Duane Leggett; and brother-in-law, Sam Gaston.

Serving as honorary pallbearers are Randall Richard Leggett, Bernard Keith Leggett, Michael Scott Leggett, Craig Harrison Guido, Mark Day and John Bland.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to their adopted family Heather and Tim Fitzwater, and all the wonderful staff/family at Fitzwater’s Assisted Living. Thank you to the staff of the Fairmont General Hospital Emergency Room and to the staff of 3B for all their help and kindness. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Marion County Disability Action Center, 102 Benoni Ave., Fairmont, WV 26554.

The family will receive friends at the Ford Funeral Home, R.C. Jones Chapel, 1440 Country Club Road, Fairmont, on Tuesday from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Wednesday at 10 a.m. with Rev. Brian Seders officiating. A graveside service will follow at Bridgeport Cemetery. Full military funeral honors will be conducted at graveside. Masonic ritualistic services will also be conducted at graveside by the Friendship Lodge #56 A.F. & A.M.

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