Friday, January 30, 2009

Leo Riley "Sonny" Staggs

SAREPTA, LA- Funeral services for Mr. Leo Riley "Sonny" Staggs, age 84, will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at the Kings Corner Assembly of God with Rev. Jeff Manuel and Rev. Mike Richardson officiating. Burial will be in the Old Sarepta Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Mortuary, Springhill, LA.

Leo Riley "Sonny" Staggs, a lifelong resident of this area, died Thursday, July 25, 2008 in Shreveport, after a brief illness. He was born on July 22, 1924 to James Rush and Leola Basinger Staggs in Sarepta, LA. After his mother died, along with his twin brother, Leon Rush Staggs, in childbirth, he was raised by his maternal grandparents, James Frank and Maggie Ola Bullock Basinger.

Mr. Staggs was proud to have served his country during World War II in the US Army and was stationed at New Guinea. After returning from the war, he was employed with Armco Steel for more than 30 years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Nell Morgan Staggs of Sarepta; daughter, Shirley Giddings and husband, Charles of Sarepta; grandchildren, whom he raised, Randall and Heather Alfred of Sarepta, Colette Alfred-Sikes and Jody Sikes of Minden and Chuck Warford of Sarepta; great-grandchildren, Cameron, Presley, Kielerr and Chastan Alfred, all of Sarepta. Additional survivors are his sisters, Joyce Basinger Boyett of Shreveport and Carolyn Basinger Palmer and husband, Harold of Sarepta; brothers, Jimmy Basinger and wife, Dot of Conway, AR, Carl Basinger of Springhill, LA, Bill Basinger and wife, Clara of Trinity, TX and Eugene Basinger and wife, Ellawease of West Memphis, AR.

Though it breaks our hearts to lose him, we know that he will be preparing our next happy home in Heaven. He'll forever be remembered for his wonderful stories, laid back personality and those baby blue eyes.

Please join us for visitation on Monday, July 28 at Bailey Mortuary from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Bailey Mortuary, Inc.

Springhill, La (318) 539-3555

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