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“Hi,Sorry could not attend the service. Please accept my sincerest condolences on the loss of LeeAnn, I have so many happy memories of spending time...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: Deborah Koontz - Washington, DC

“I do not have words to say. I will miss her enthusiasm and eccentric personality. She and I were in orientation together and did all our training...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: Stephanie Somersett - Wilmington, NC

“Jay,Sincere condolences to you and the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. How much fun we had with LeeAnn over the years. Her cheerful...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: Gordon and Sue King - Charleston, SC

“I will miss you my dear sister. We had lots and lots of fun together!! ”
4 of 26 | Posted by: Evelyn Frasier - McClellanville, SC

“I am just returning to town and am so sad to read of Lee Ann's death. What a joy she was to be around ! and what a grand nurse and friend...Read More »
5 of 26 | Posted by: Mary Elizabeth Canaday - SC

“My thoughts are with you allShe was a gem ”
6 of 26 | Posted by: Annemarie Donato - Mount pleasant, SC

“Thomas, so sad to hear of Lee Ann's death. I am thinking of you and your family. Fondly, Ann SummerF2MnT ”
7 of 26 | Posted by: Ann Summer - Columbia, SC

“I speak for Dr. Morgans entire team in saying that we were all inspired by LeeAnn's beautiful spirit & the courage with which she approached her...Read More »
8 of 26 | Posted by: Betsy Shuford - Mt Pleasant, SC

“I have known Leeann for many years. She brought a smile to everyone she knew. She was a people person and loved entertaining. I will miss her ”
9 of 26 | Posted by: A friend

“Jay, Jo and I were saddened to hear of LeeAnn's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
10 of 26 | Posted by: MIke Ray - Mars Hill, NC - Friend

“I knew LeeAnn for a short period of time. She had such a great spirit and welcomed me to the Transplant team with open arms.... ”
11 of 26 | Posted by: Toni Kelley - Charleston, SC, SC

“Mrs. Esther, Thomas and family, I am so sorry about LeeAnn's passing and for your great loss. LeeAnn was always a great school friend to my brothers ...Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: Gina Fingerlin - saluda, SC

“LeeAnn, what a joy to work near you in the clinic those years. How many times did you brighten our days with your crazy humor, devilish smile, big...Read More »
13 of 26 | Posted by: Mary Adler - Charleston, SC

“Sp sorry to hear of LeeAnn passing. I had the honor to work with at MUSC Endo department years ago. she always found a way to make us laugh. God...Read More »
14 of 26 | Posted by: A friend

“Leeann's incredible spirit will live on in the memories of all who loved her and were so fortunate to have been a part of her life. With love and...Read More »
15 of 26 | Posted by: Pamela Combs - Norfolk, VA

“I am so thankful that we were blessed for 60 years with the life of LeeAnn. I am even more thankful that The Lord prepared a place for her in...Read More »
16 of 26 | Posted by: Steve Blumenstein - Denver, NC

“I am so so sorry to hear about the loss of LeeAnn I have worked with her at MUSC and she was a fun loving and caring person who always tried to make...Read More »
17 of 26 | Posted by: Sonay Major - SC - Coworker

“To the family of Lee Ann,I am very sad to hear of Lee Ann's passing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult...Read More »
18 of 26 | Posted by: Glenda Coleman - Saluda, SC

“Just will miss her energy; laughter and inspirational spirit to do for others-always on the move Such a proud and good mother ,wife, family member ,...Read More »
19 of 26 | Posted by: A friend

“Thomas and Families,Sorry to hear about Lee Ann's passing. Please know that your family is in my prayers. ”
20 of 26 | Posted by: Janice Schmieding - Saluda, SC

“Lee Ann is in my fondest memories. We were cousins and played a lot in childhood. I recently saw her at our family reunion and I am so glad I had...Read More »
21 of 26 | Posted by: Charlene Ahern - Woodstock, GA

“We had so much fun working together at Rutledge towerJust wondering if you have your crown on nowThe lord has no idea what a great person he just...Read More »
22 of 26 | Posted by: Judi Bucknam - Charleston, SC

“Dear Jay and children, I knew LeeAnn in school and she was always a smiling, beautiful person, she was always friendly and helpful to all people...Read More »
23 of 26 | Posted by: Ila Dean - Kernersville, NC

“Dear Jay, I am so sorry for your loss. Just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you and your family. Take care, be well ”
24 of 26 | Posted by: Harris Livingstain - ASHEVILLE, NC

“Deepest sympathies and condolences from my family and me. LeeAnn was an inspiring person and brought joy and enthusiasm with her wherever she went....Read More »
25 of 26 | Posted by: John Reigart - Seattle, WA

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family. God bless ”
26 of 26 | Posted by: Nancy Chastain - Cameron - Friend


LeeAnn Sample Reigart, age 60, beloved wife, daughter, mother and sister, passed away peacefully at her cottage in Awendaw on June 16, 2017.
She was from Saluda, South Carolina, born on April 2, 1957 to Esther Irick and Thomas Gardner Sample. LeeAnn had a very close and loving family. Her sister Neal was by her side and a quiet source of strength throughout her life and over the past year. She attended and graduated from Saluda High School in her hometown. While in high school, she was an enthusiastic cheerleader, elected Homecoming Queen, and a member of Mount Pleasant Lutheran Church. LeeAnn's childhood and lifelong best friends, the ridiculously loyal YAYA sisters, shared love and laughter throughout the years.

She graduated from Appalachian State University with a BS degree in Sociology, and later earned her nursing degree from the University of South Carolina. Her nursing career spanned over 30 years, including service as a psychiatric and home health nurse. She served her country as an active and reserve duty nurse enlisted in the US Air Force. Most recently, she worked with the Nephrology Clinic at MUSC, where her colleagues were another family to her. LeeAnn had an extreme talent for brightening the days of patients and co-workers by eliciting laughter at the most unexpected times.

On October 28, 1988, she gave birth to her only son, Nash O'Neall Welch. She married her husband Jay on April 21, 2001 and gained another son, James Chandler Reigart, Jr. and a daughter, Caroline Elizabeth Reigart. The family was featured in a televised documentary on the Family Network demonstrating how to successfully blend a combined family (despite experiencing their share of challenges).

LeeAnn has always been a giver and a lover of her neighborhood communities and active at the Church of the Holy Cross. Strong in faith, she served on a medical mission trip in Peru. LeeAnn loved and fostered fellowship with several social groups, including her Ladies of the Lake, the Awendaw book club, and the Pluffmudders Boat Club. LeeAnn also founded her popular (but seldom profitable) commercial enterprise, Parties on the Run. It was seldom profitable because she tended to offer her services just for fun. She was a fantastic hostess and event planner who created a party wherever she went and put people at ease with her kindness and a smile.

LeeAnn was an active runner, regularly running with the Holy Molies (the Holy Cross running group), the Charleston Running Club, and the Hash House Harriers (with whom she drank and ran). She completed two full marathons, one in Dublin, Ireland in near tropical-storm conditions. She traveled to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the Hasher's Inter-hash where the H3 was founded. LeeAnn completed over thirty states in her quest to run, bike or hike in all "fifty before sixty."

When LeeAnn and Jay moved to Awendaw full-time, she wanted to be sure to get her run in on Thanksgiving Day. She organized a community event, the Fried Turkey Glide, beginning in 2011. The first run had five participants and concluded with Wild Turkey whiskey shots. This past year the Fried Turkey Glide included more than 400 participants and raised over $4,000 for the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation. Her family will continue this annual event in her memory.

She is survived by her mother, Esther; her husband of 16 years, Jay; their children, Nash (Stephanie), Caroline and Chandler; her siblings, Neal (Dennis), Thomas (Connie); her favorite niece, Claire, and nephews, Dylan and Thom, as well as many cousins, aunts and uncles, who all love her dearly.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at the Church of the Holy Cross, 2520 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island, at 4:00 p.m. with a reception following. The family will greet friends Monday, June 19, 2017 at J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel, 1494 Mathis Ferry Rd. from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorials to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation (NPCF), P.O. Box 1848, Longmont, CO 80502.