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John D. Legate

January 31, 1975 — December 6, 2022

Murfreesboro, AR

John D. Legate


John D. Legate, age 47, of Murfreesboro, passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2022.


He was born on January 31, 1975, in Murfreesboro, the son of Billy Joe Legate and Mary Irene McKinnon Legate.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and his grandparents, Joe and Iva Legate and Teddy and Lora McKinnon.


He was Church of Christ in his faith and for many years worked in construction where he constructed all types of metal buildings and took great pride and enjoyment in his work and made many lasting friendships. He was an avid outdoorsman and always enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing the guitar.  Above all, John’s greatest joy in life was spending time with his family, who he dearly loved with all his heart.  He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him. 


He is survived by his loving wife, Crystal Legate of Murfreesboro; his son, JohnAaron Legate of Murfreesboro; his daughter, Destiny Legate (Chris Graves) of Wichita, Kansas; three brothers, James Legate of San Antonio, Texas, Frank Hughes and Fritz Hughes, both of Murfreesboro; three sisters, Peggy Alvarez and Iva Legate, both of San Antonio, Texas and Frances Lee of Murfreesboro; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, who he thought the world of; several cousins and extended family members; and a host of wonderful friends.


The family will hold a memorial service to celebrate the life of John on a date to be announced.


Arrangements are under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Home, 209 North Third Street, Glenwood, AR 71943.


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