Leland Ray Jaggers

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Leland Ray Jaggers

Leland Ray Jaggers, 79, of Forrest City, went to his Heavenly Father peacefully, Monday, June 24, 2013, with his family at his side.

A native of Piggott, Ark., Leland was born August 19, 1933 to Fred and Nettie (Vaughn) Jaggers. He was a retired counselor from the Arkansas Rehabilitation Services and a member of the Fitzgerald Baptist Church. He served his country in the United States Army.

Leland married Dorotha Ann Morgan on Aug. 28, 1952 and they had four daughters. She preceded him in death after 39 years of loving marriage. In 1997 he was blessed again, and married Malinda Mooneyham and they had been married for 16 years. this marriage blessed him with a step-daughter.

He had a passion for helping people while working for ARS for 28 years, and truly loved his job and the people he tried to help. He was a member of the National Rehabilitation Counseling Association, a National Rehabilitation Association Life member and was counselor of the year for 1989.

He graduated Piggott High School and received his B.S. from Arkansas State College. He went on to attend ASU and earned a degree of Master of Rehabilitation Counseling.

Leland was a devout Christian and instilled his values in his family. He was a deacon and song leader at Emmanuel Baptist Church, where he loved to teach Sunday School and sing his heart out. After becoming a member of Fitzgerald Baptist Church, he became a deacon there and loved to sing praises. He had also been a member of the Gideon's Association, worked with a Hospice program and other organizations doing all he could to help people.

He left cherished memories of storytelling, jokes, singing, love of working in his flower beds, ministering to those he came in contact with and his love for his family.

Mr. Jaggers is survived by his wife, Malinda Jaggers; one niece, Armenda Boyd of Piggott; three daughters, Sandra Raines and husband, Alan, of Cordova N.C., Susan Worley and husband, Johnny, and Shelly Laird, and husband Eddie, all of Forrest City; one step-son, Martin Mooneyham of Little Rock; one step-daughter, Jantha Kever of Searcy; her grandchildren, Joshua Worley, Hannah Worley-Morris, Seth Williams, Jordan Williams, Chelsea Williams, Lauren Wall, Eli Wall, Nikki Laird-Hatcher and Jacob Laird, Kei Mooneyham, Dorian Mooneyham, Jessica Kever, Zack Kever and Michael Kever; great-grandchildren, Zada Morris, Sy Morris, Eli Morris, Corey Hatcher, Erin Hatcher and Caden Hatcher. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Clarence Jaggers, two sisters, Virginia Prince and Geletz Langford; his wife, Dorotha Jaggers and one daughter, Sharon Brooks.

Pallbearers were Chase Fisher, Jacob Laird, Eric Morris, Eli Wall, Jordan Williams, Seth Williams and Josh Worley.

Interment was in the Forrest Park Cemetery at Forrest City, Ark.