Rosa Lee Hornaday Leggett went home to be with her Lord and Savior on March 3, 2020. A lifetime resident of Guilford County, she was born on August 15, 1933, in Summerfield, NC, the daughter of the late Cora Lee Southard Hornaday Lentz and Troy Hornaday, Sr. From 2013 until her death, she resided at Ashton Health and Rehabilitation, McLeansville, NC. Rosie, as she was known to all, is survived by her two siblings, Ruby Marie Hornaday Nelson and Troy Hornaday, Jr. She was predeceased by an infant daughter, Sharon, and is survived by her three other children, George Henry Leggett (Rebecca), Edward Brent Leggett (Barbara) and Alesia Leggett May (Tim), eight grandchildren, Matthew Lewis Leggett (Kara), William Thomas Leggett-Peralta (Jazmin), Angela Jane Leggett Cole (Jason), Brendle Elaine Leggett, Robin Neese Gray (Joey), Brandy May Angel (Brian), Timothy Eric May (Mischa) and Joshua May, her aunt, Ruth Ozment, eleven great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In 1949, Rosie married George Revis Leggett and their marriage spanned 59 years until Revis’ death in 2008. She was a stay-at-home mom until her children were school-aged, when she was employed as a supervisor with the Sears and Roebuck Employee Store. When the Employee Store closed, she moved into other employment with Kinard Drug Store Pharmacy and Schiffman’s Jewelers. In all of these endeavors, Rosie exemplified servant leadership in its truest form. She had the ability to listen to her customers and make them happy, and she was a true and loyal friend to her co-workers. As a long-time member of Philadelphia Baptist Chapel, she enjoyed worshipping and sharing her faith in God.
Another gift that Rosie shared with the world was her love of her and Revis’ family members. She enjoyed spending time with her mother, aunts and uncles, siblings, nieces and nephews, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Once Rosie entered Ashton Health and Rehab, she quickly became known and beloved for her caring, kind and selfless love for her medical team, caregivers, fellow residents and the family members of the residents, showing care for them and always remembering to note important aspects of each person whom she met.
Rosie is beloved and will be deeply missed by her family, as well as fellow residents and staff, past and present, at Ashton Health and Rehab, and all the many friends that she has made along life’s journey.
A worship service celebrating Rosie Leggett’s life will be officiated by her son, the Reverend Eddie Leggett, at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 at Philadelphia Baptist Chapel, 5515 N. Church Street, Greensboro, NC. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the worship service, beginning at 12:00 noon. In lieu of flowers, if you would like to make a donation in her honor, please make your donation to St. Jude Children’s Hospital (https://www.stjude.org/) or to Philadelphia Baptist Chapel, 5515 N Church Street, Greensboro, NC 27455 (http://philadelphiabaptistchapel.com/). The family of Mrs. Leggett is served by George Brothers Funeral Services, Greensboro, NC.
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