Much Wisdom Often Goes With Fewest Words. ~Sophocles
  • 88 years old
  • Born on November 27, 1927 in Carthage, Texas, United States.
  • Passed away on June 18, 2016 in Beaumont, California, United States.

Leonard Reagins was born on November 26, 1927. He was the second son born to Cornelius Reagins and Vena Holland Reagins.  He attended public schools of Carthage, Texas in Panola County. As a young man Leonard married Laura Bell Fite Johnson and to this union four children were born; Manuel Larry, Wanda Sue, Linda, and Leonard, Jr. (Sammy). In 1953, Peggy L. was born in Palm Springs, CA. In 1962, Leonard married Sarah Elizabeth Harrison and to this union five children were born; Marsha Leonette, DeNae Lamont, Soncia Rae, Michael DeSean, and DeAngelus (Gigi).

 Leonard Reagins was an entrepreneurial spirit.  He truly enjoyed working outside and generating income. For nearly half a century and until his health began to fail, Leonard consistently sought opportunities to earn money using his trucks and tractors. It was not unusual to find him in the desert area building or excavating using equipment he purchased or built himself. In the early 50’s, he was a part of the team that constructed the world-famous Los Angeles Dodger’s Stadium. Over his lifetime he participated in the construction of some the most distinguished properties in the desert area. 

When he was not working, he was fishing!  Leonard loved testing new canals for catfish and revisiting fishing holes throughout most of Southern California and parts of Mexico. He also enjoyed sharing produce from the gardens he created in any vacant land he could plant a seed.  His favorite crops included watermelon, peas, collard and turnip greens, corn, cucumbers, peppers, and tomatoes.  Not too far from his garden, you would often find farm animals such as chickens, raccoons, pigs, cows and of course, mans’ best friend, the family and neighborhood pet, “Mr. Big Stuff”.  As a true outdoorsman, while spending time at his homestead in Texas, he would often try his hand at hunting wild game. 

Leonard Reagins was an avid Los Angeles Lakers fan who rarely missed a televised game.  He was a supporter of the Banning Broncos and even joined the booster club during the years his children played. Undoubtedly, his love of the game stemmed from his time as a gifted basketball player in his younger days.

Leonard transitioned from this life on June 18, 2016.  He is survived by his wife, Sarah Elizabeth Reagins, his brothers Devola Reagins (Thelma), Nelvin Reagins, Murl Reagins (Rose Marie), and Freo Reagins (Shelley). Also, his children Linda Reagins-Amis, Leonard, Jr. Reagins, Peggy L. Reagins-Sternes, Marsha L. Reagins (DeShawn), DeNae L. Reagins, Soncia Reagins-Lilly (Leslie), Michael D. Reagins (Adrienne), DeAngelus Reagins and a host of grand, great-grand, great-great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Preceding him in death were two children, Wanda Sue and Manuel Larry and two grandchildren, Brandon and Tieara. 

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