L. J. passed away July 10, 2013 near his home in Caulfield, Missouri. He was born April 1, 1979 in West Plains, Missouri, the son of Leland and Vicki Tackitt. L. J. attended the Richards School and graduated from the West Plains High School with the Class of 1997. He was a conductor for Burlington Northern Railroad and a farmer. L. J. helped work the family farm from the age of eleven when his best friend and Grandpa, Jim Cooper, passed away; also, at the same age, he started milking and working for the Foster Farms and helping his Grandma “Nornie” keep the family farm up. He was always an “Old Soul” and believed in helping his neighbors. He loved his neighbors, their children and thought of them as family. He loved his friends and was always there for them. L. J. was a member of the Railroad Teamster’s Union and the Masonic Lodge at Bakersfield, Missouri. He became a Christian at an early age and believed that you could not out give God. He shared his tithes with the church and with people he felt were in need. He had a big heart and was very proud of the fact he helped take care of his family.
He is survived by his father, Leland R. Tackitt, Caulfield, Missouri; his mother, Vicki Cooper, Caulfield, Missouri; one sister, Kala LeeAnn Bowman and Brian Trantham, West Plains, Missouri; grandmother, Norma L. Cooper, Caulfield, Missouri; grandfather, Lee Olen Tackitt, wife, Edie, Gainesville, Missouri; aunt, Lisa Tackitt Bounds, husband, David; uncles, Kevin Tackitt, wife, Madonna, Keith Tackitt, wife, Brenda; great aunts and uncles, Lola Brown, John Harris, Jr., wife, Darlis, Margie Amyx, Roy and Ola Mae Marshell and Billy Joe Tackitt, wife, Patsy; many cousins; and many, many friends.
His grandfather, James H. Cooper, grandmother, Geneva Ellen Tackitt, great- grandparents, Lloyd and Hester Marie Cooper, Lee and Minnie Estie Marshell and John L. and Bess A. Harris, precede him in death.
Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 12th, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at Amy Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Christos House or Amy Cem