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William Thomas Leggett

Riverside Memorial Park
Location: family mausoleum

W.T. Leggett was born in Jamesville, North Carolina in 1858, but spent 80 of his 83 years living in Norfolk. He spent much of his working life in the US Postal Service. He was appointed under the first administration of Grover Cleveland to be one of Norfolk’s first 3 postal carriers. When he retired in 1920, his colleagues estimated that he had walked a distance equal to 3 trips around the world while delivering mail over the course of his long career.

In addition to his postal career, he was an active businessman, involved in a variety of ventures.  Most significantly, he was the president of Norfolk’s Coca-Cola Bottling Works for 25 years and  also served as a director of the Commonwealth Building and Loan Association.

He was married to Minnie Johnson Leggett. The resided at 157 Orleans Avenue, and are interred together in the family mausoleum at Riverside. They had one son, Cecil Leggett, and a daughter, Wilma Dorothy Dixon.


W.T. Leggett, 83, Succumbs To Long Illness. Virginian Pilot. March 1, 1941.

Biographical information provided by Norfolk Bureau of Cemeteries.

Visitor Information

Visitor Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Office hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Free parking inside cemetery.

Admission Cost: Free

Address: 1000 Indian River Rd., Norfolk, VA 23523

Official web site for more information: www.norfolk.gov/cemeteries

Norfolk Society for Cemetery Conservation Web Site: www.norfolksocietyforcemeteryconservation.org