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Leah Washam (04-07-2016)
Photo of Leah WashamLeona Leonard Washam
of Monroe, known as Leah
her entire life, was born December
22, 1957, to Evelyn
and A.C. Washam and left
this life to be with her Lord
on April 2, 2016.
She is survived by: Her
mother, Evelyn Brantley
Washam of Farmerville;
children Lily Claire
Washam-Coggins and fiancé
Jason Wedding of
Haslet, Texas, and Kerry
D. Harrell and husband,
Kevin, of Highland Village,
Texas; a sister, Jean Washam
Hollis and husband,
Steve, of Ruston, Louisiana;
her niece, Maridith
Hollis and husband, Adam Bell, of Mobile, Ala.
She is pre-deceased by: Her daddy, A.C. Washam; a sister,
R. Maxine Washam; and loving and faithful childhood
caregiver, Mrs. Clara Nyegaard.
Leah was in the first graduating class of Cedar Creek
School in Ruston and then attended the University of Louisiana
at Monroe, majoring in psychology, during which
time she married William C. (Bill) Coggins, III. He also
attended ULM after which they moved to Corpus Christi,
Texas. After two years, they returned to north Louisiana
and settled in Rayville, where they resided when both
daughters were born.
Even though she graduated from Cedar Creek, she loved
her friends from Farmerville as well and considered it
a privilege to be included in their activities. Her family
would especially like to acknowledge her life-long friendships
with Cindy Knight Johns of Monroe, Louisiana,
Patti Long of Chicago, Van Albritton of Monroe; Michael
Gray of Monrovia, Calif. and her wonderful neighbor
Linda Roan Crooks of Monroe.
She was known for her quick wit and sense of humor
and could be the source of amusement for many hours.
Being well-read and a movie buff, she could expound upon
a number of topics. She particularly enjoyed all types of
music and could name the artist of most any song that she
heard. Leah absolutely adored her dogs and treated them
like people. Having a vibrant personality, she never met a
stranger and could talk for hours with just about anyone.
To say Leah was a colorful character is an understatement.
She truly embraced her individuality.
Leah loved her family and extended family, enjoying
visits with her mother, children, niece, and remained in
close touch with her cousins. She had a close relationship
with both sisters: Maxine, being the great spoiler, and
Jean, being the “one in charge.” After the children moved
away, she and Jean had the pleasure of taking a number
of trips to visit them.
Leah attended church services as a child at the Farmerville
Church of Christ and had fond memories of her many
friends and activities there. Visitation was Tuesday, April 5,
from 9-10:30 a.m., with the funeral starting at 11 a.m., with
both being held at the Farmerville Church of Christ, 306
East Franklin Street. Interment followed at Liberty Hill-
Taylor cemetery near Farmerville. Officiants were Larry
White and Jerry Keene, and congregational singing was
led by Jim Rhodes. Pallbearers were Gary Aldridge, Bat
Brantley, Kenny Brantley, Richie Brantley, Jerry Ginn and
Trent Ginn, all cousins. Honorary pallbearers were Bruce
Brantley and Glen Brantley who are also cousins of Leah.
If desired, donations can be given to the Southern
Christian Home, P.O. Box 649, Morrilton, Arkansas 72110-
0649; the Farmerville Church of Christ, 306 East Franklin,
Farmerville, Louisiana 71241; or the Northside Church of
Christ, 1804 North Trenton Street, Ruston, Louisiana 71270.
Online messages for the family may be left at farrarfuneralhomeonline.
com.