Leah L. Casey
1928 - 2020
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Leah L. Casey, 91, formerly of Anniston, died Sunday in memory care in Palm Coast, Fl., after suffering from Alzheimer's disease for many years.
Mrs. Casey was born on May 18, 1928, in Wrigley, Tenn., the daughter of Dossie Holmes Sykes and Leah Smith Sykes.
Her mother died a week later and Leah was cared for by her mother's family while her father worked. When Leah was a year old, she was adopted by Hiram Luther Layman and his wife Nora Keeling Layman, Leah's great-aunt. Mr. Layman was the yard master for the L&N Railroad.
Mrs. Casey graduated from Anniston High School and from Jacksonville State Teachers College (now Jacksonville State University) with a degree in elementary education.
She and Mack L. Casey of Anniston were married in August of 1950.
Mrs. Casey taught school, mostly sixth grade, in Oxford and in LaGrange and Brunswick, Ga., and Gainesville, Fl.
Mrs. Casey was preceded in death by her husband and by a daughter, Fara Ann Casey.
Survivors include: her son, Mack Wayne Casey (Mary) of Cumming, Ga.; a daughter, Marcia Casey Langhenry of Daytona Beach; granddaughters Greta Langhenry and Jody Feinberg; grandsons Read Langhenry and Steve Casey; half-sisters Joan Cunningham (Mac) and Lynn Cain; and five great-grandchildren.
Milam Funeral Home in Gainesville, Fl., is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in The Anniston Star on May 21, 2020.
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June 6, 2020
I'm so sorry to hear about Ms. Casey. As a close friend to Fara over the years, I was lucky to experience Ms. Casey as a loving mother and wife to Mack. While she never taught me, it was known by all, she was well-liked by her students and parents, a beacon of light in our community while teaching Gainesville's young people. Ms. Casey carpooled Fara and I to First Baptist Church for Brownies, GAs, VBS, and other events. I'll never forgot her quiet humility. Looking back, I remember riding in her new Golden Sands Studebaker Lark, with plastic seat covers. Fara and I often giggled and laughed while we rode together. I remember pressing down the plastic bubbles in the back seat cover. Drawn like a magnet to their gentle demeanor, the Casey family was a soft-spoken family, so I loved to make them smile. Years later, while working as a real estate agent, I admired Ms. Casey's transition to real estate upon her retirement from teaching. Though not at all surprised, her teaching background prepared her to be organized, detailed, and she served with a charitable heart. Other REALTORS® called her by her first name, Leah. I tried, but it never quite seemed to stick. First, and foremost, shed always be Fara's Mom, so when combined with a lifetime of admiration and professional respect, I addressed her as "Ms. Casey. I would run into her and Mack most Sundays after church at the Chinese Buffet on NW 13th Street. Sometimes I'd sit with them, if I didn't have children with me. I thanked them for their kindness shown when I was young. Modest and humble, they were slow to receive praise. Last year, I called their old phone number to tell her Mike Chasteen has written a beautiful song about Fara. She answered. She told me Mack had passed away, and that she now resided at Rose Court in The Village. I prayed for her during COVID-19, wondering how she was doing. I send my love and healing prayers to Marcia, Wayne, and family.
Pattie Webb Glenn
Friend
May 28, 2020
So sorry to hear about the passing of Leah. She worked at our office John Merrill, Inc Realtors for many years. She was a very pleasant person and great to work with. Our heart felt condolences to Wayne and family.
Tom and Nora Merrill
Thomas L Merrill
Coworker
May 26, 2020
Oh, Im so very sorry ! Leah and I met years ago teaching at Metcalfe and were immediate friends. What a sweetheart! I will always remember her caring, loving heart and the little chats we had in Publix while Mac patiently waited on a bench nearby. I thank the Lord for her friendship. God bless and comfort your family ! Love, Connie Smith, Gainesville Fl
Connie Smith
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