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Evelyn Mae Leggette

Tyler, Texas

Feb 11, 1936 – Jul 19, 2021 (Age 85)


February 11, 1936
July 19, 2021
Tyler, Texas


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Burks-Walker-Tippit Funeral Directors - Tyler Obituary

Evelyn Mae Durham Leggette, 85, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great great-grandmother went home to be with her Lord and Savior Monday, July 19, 2021 in Tyler, Texas surrounded by her loving family and friend after a brief illness. 

Evelyn was born on February 11, 1936 in Smith County, Texas to Goldie and Ruby Durham. She met the love of her life, Charles Leggette, at the tender age of 14 and they were married a few years later. They would have celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary on September 26th of this year.

Evelyn was a stay at home Mom until all of her girls were in school. After that, she worked in retail at The Bible Book Shop, Service Merchandise and Harmon’s Jewelers. Evelyn was an avid cook and found immense joy in making her pickles, baking her cookies, lemon bars and cherry crunch for anyone that asked.  Her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great great-grandchildren were the pride and joy of her life.  She always made each and every one of them feel equally loved and they were so blessed to have her in their lives.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, Goldie and Ruby Durham, her brothers James Edward, Billy Royce, and Fred Thomas Durham and her precious daughter, Angela Marie Leggette.

Evelyn is survived by her husband of 68 years, Charles Leggette, her daughters, Charla Davis and her husband Toby, Donna Armendariz and her husband Tony, Regina Elder and her husband Fred Jr, 9 Grandchildren, 12 Great- Grandchildren and 1 Great Great- Grandchild.  

Pallbearers are Brandon Massey, Jacobe Ferrell, Dustin Batts, Drew Elder, Chas Elder, Tristan Massey, Kent Durham and Kason Parks.

Honorary Pallbearers are Kelton Page, Colby Duhon, Dalton Hasting and Keith Durham

Visitation will be held Thursday, July 22, 2021 at Jackson’s Burks - Walker - Tippit Funeral Home 215 E Front St Tyler, Tx at 6:00 pm. Funeral services celebrating her life will be held Friday, July 23, 2021 at 10:00 am at Jackson’s Burks – Walker – Tippit Funeral Home with Dr. Gil Lain officiating. Burial will follow at Liberty Hill Cemetery 4042 E Erwin Tyler, Texas under the direction of Jackson’s Burks – Walker – Tippit Funeral Home.

If desired, memorials can be made to Bethel Baptist Church 13108 Hwy 64 E Tyler, Texas 75707 in her name.

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Perfect example of what a true Christian lady should be! So soft spoken, kind, gracious and those eyes always sparkling. She was a precious soul. The Lord has called another angel home. Praying for all the family....she's going to be missed!

Dear Cousins, you all are in my thoughts and prayers!

My last memory of Mrs. Evelyn was on the 4th of July 2021 cook-out. She was talking to Jerry Eastman, and he had a hand full of her yummy cookies. She was trying to give him the whole batch. I always told her she looked like my mother. I'm so proud I met this sweet lady.

I am so sorry for your loss! I remember her time at the Bible Book Store!

Donna and family, so sorry for your loss. In our thoughts and prayers. Such a beautiful lady!

Gigi, I am so sorry!! It just breaks my heart to think of the pain you must be feeling! I wish you, your sisters, and the grandkids comfort and peace during this time of great sorrow! I love you so much sister. If I could take your hurt away, I would!! I wish I could be there with you! My love and prayers are with you and your family!.

Such a sweet lady with a beautiful, contagious smile.
Our prayers are with her family.

So sorry to hear of the passing of your dear mother. May God comfort your hearts and give you peace. Condolences

Such a lovely lady, she will be sorely missed.