Services

Burial

Fri. Jul. 31, 2020
11:00 am

Carmen Nelson Bostick Historic Cemetery

12317 Holderrieth Rd
Tomball , TX 77375.
Fri. Jul. 31, 2020
11:00 am
Carmen Nelson Bostick Historic Cemetery
12317 Holderrieth Rd
Tomball , TX 77375.
In Memory of
Legertha O'Neal
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Legertha (Gilliam) O’Neal was born on August 28, 1933 to George Gilliam and Rutha Ferrell in Jasper County, Mississippi- the second oldest after Obie and before Anna Ruth and Joe.

She served as a teacher in Mississippi before moving to Detroit for a short time and eventually settling in Chicago, IL. This is where she met her husband Jessie; he asked her for a dime for bus fare at the bus stop, she comically told him off about begging, and they’ve been together ever since. Between them they had 11 children and even helped raise their oldest grandson Brian Morgan. During her time in Chicago, Legertha most notably worked as a cook at the Sun Times building, the Sherman House, the trade center in Chicago and McCormick Place to name a few.

The family left Chicago and relocated to Southern California where Legertha worked her first job as a chef at Blackie’s Deli; she almost singlehandedly changed this entire business. After offering to work for free for 30 days and exposing the Pomona Valley area to her culinary skills business was booming! Everyone that tasted it loved her cooking and afterwards Legertha and the owner became great friends. She went on to work as a cook at the County Building in Pomona as well as a nursing home. Legertha continued to live an eventful life including having Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. protest on her behalf at a hospital that refused to let her give birth at their facility. She was even featured in JET magazine as a result. In the midst of it all Legertha eventually went back to school and obtained her certificate of completion (GED) in California.

Legertha was all about family and wanted above all things for her entire family to come together and stay strong, together. She touched so many lives in every city she lived in making friends and family everywhere she went. She was an avid believer in Christ and served many positions in the church over the years including head deaconess, cook, and choir member among others. She was baptized as a member of the Israel of God church in Houston, TX where she spent her final days.

She was proceeded in death by her son Sam Morgan and daughter Darlene Pride and leaves to honor her memory her daughter Charlene Hankerson, Anthony Morgan (Chevy), Daryl Morgan (Bernadine), Jessie O’Neal (Kimberly), Freda Morrison (Gary), Monica O’Neal, Barry O’Neal, Glenn Pride, her sisters and brothers Viola, Ollie Mae, Frank, Lola, Caffie, AB, and Stanley and a host of nieces and nephews including Esther, Sherman, Dennis, Bill, Joppa, Jeptheh, Sheridan Clark, Lisa Nathan, The Nelson Family , and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and loved ones.