Leatha Carrell Rigby Obituary

Leatha Carrell Smith Rigby, age 47, passed away August 10th, 2022, after a hard battle with Cancer in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Lea was born in 1974 in Vicksburg, Mississippi to the late Linda Lee Price and James Larkin Smith.

Lea Married the love of her life Van Rigby III on December 3rd,1999. Lea graduated from Warren Central Highschool in Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1993. Her time in school is what fueled her love for sports and music, specifically soccer. She was proud member of the “Big, Blue Band” for four years. She dedicated most of her life to playing, coaching and volunteering her time out at the Aubrey Tapley Sports complex. Where she was ‘Coach Lea’ to many, including two of her children and two grandchildren.


Nothing made her more happy than spending her days out on the field. Lea had a servant's heart, she was always doing her best to make sure everyone had everything they needed. If you were lucky enough to be loved by her you know how much her family and loved ones will miss her.

Lea is preceded in death by her mother, her father, her paternal grandparents Hubert Ray and Nancy Smith, and Her Maternal Grandparents, Sam and Leatha Price. She is survived by Her Husband of 22 years Van Rigby, her oldest daughter Jordan(Tyler), her daughter Megan(Jeremy) and her baby boy, Van IV(Ciara) and Her Adopted son Ethan. Her grandchildren, Timrie and Titan who were by far her two most favorite people in the world. She is also survived by her sister, Ashley Frantz(Steven) Her brother Chris Smith (Shannon); Nieces and Nephews, Summer Watkins, Phoenix, Gabe Walter, Olivia, and Logan. And a host of other family and close friends. Pallbearers are Tyler Gossett, Taylor Redding, Jake Price, Chris Smith, Jeremy Stuckey, Blake Watkins. Honorary pallbearers are, James Price, Steven Frantz, Van Rigby J.r.

Visitation will be at Beasley Wood Funeral Home in Mena, Wednesday, August 17, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The family wants to invite all friends of Lea’s to attend the visitation. Services for Lea will be Saturday, August 20, 2022, at Carpenter Methodist Church in Carpenter, Mississippi, with Brother Craig Cluff officiating. There will be a graveside to follow at Carpenter Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for monetary donations to be made to the family, for the youth soccer association in Mena, Arkansas. Please contact Jordan Gossett for more details.

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