Aaron Franklin (Frank) Liggett, 85, of Cleveland, passed away on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at a local healthcare facility.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Jefferson Liggett, and Mary Etta Woods Liggett; wife, Ezra Lee Westfield Liggett; sisters: Jeannette Gilliam, Betty Mitchell and Doris Maston; brothers-in-law: Authur Mitchell and Donnie Mull; granddaughter, Sarah Angelena Gray; and son-in-law, Rodney Kennedy Sr.
He was born in Decatur on April 16, 1934. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Chattanooga, and received an Auto Body Repair Technician Degree from Greer Technical Institute. He served his country in the United States Army.
He was married to Ezra Lee Westfield Liggett on Nov. 29, 1957, and they were married 58 years.
He worked as an auto body repair technician for Athens Chevrolet for one year and Herbert Benton Used Cars for 20-plus years. He opened Liggett’s Body Shop in 1969 and was self-employed for over 40 years.
He was a member of the Burkette's Chapel United Methodist Church, where he served as a layman, Sunday school teacher, choir member and a trustee. He also attended Pleasant Grove Baptist Church for many years.
He is survived by his daughters: Delia (Orlando) Crawford of Cleveland, Maryetta Kennedy of Cleveland, Jamesena Liggett Johnson of Franklin, and Neomia (Milton) Lee of Clayton, N.C.; two sisters: Jimmie Lee Mule of Memphis, and Rosetta Perusal of Raleigh, N.C.; brother-in-law, Marquis D Dotson Sr. of Franklin; eight grandchildren: Aaron Pugh, Delisha Crawford, Rhalesha (Adasha) Dennis, Rodney Kennedy Jr., Franklin N. (Nicole) Liggett, Ezra A. (Naomi) Liggett, William Johnson lll and Alissa Kennedy; nine great-grandchildren: LaTrell Kennedy, Rhadaysha Kennedy, Jadrian Hughes, LaRhayia Kennedy, Kylan Liggett, Le’Triana Hughes, Marley Cansler, Emreigh King and Keaton King; a host of nieces, nephews and friends; special cousin, Claudine Liggett; and longtime neighbors, Andrew and Brenda Johnson, Edward and Beverly Wells, and Avery Johnson.
The funeral will be held Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at 12 noon at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Cleveland with pastor, the Rev. Edward S Robinson Sr., officiating.
The family will receive friends 30 minutes before the service at the church, from 11:30 a.m. until 12 noon.
He will lie in repose Tuesday, from 12 noon until 7 p.m., at M.D. Dotson & Sons Funeral Home, Cleveland.
Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Garden with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to The National Alzheimer’s Association.
The family of Aaron Franklin (Frank) Liggett wish to thank Bradley Healthcare Wing Four and Hearth Hospice.
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