J . Harry Leggett, Sr. worked with his grandfather at the See Funeral Home in Cabot, Arkansas when he was a very young man. He attended embalming school in Cincinnati, Ohio where he graduated. He worked for Drummond Funeral Home in Little Rock in 1935. He proceeded to go into business for himself. In 1936 he was joined by Paul Griffin. This was the birth of Griffin Leggett Funeral Home. The business grew until it totally dominated the funeral business in Pulaski County. He retired in 1970 when his son purchased the business.
Harry Leggett, Jr. started working around Griffin Leggett with his father when he was about 13 years old. He went to work full-time in 1956 at the funeral home and insurance company. In 1970, he became the owner of both businesses. In 1962, he began Rest Hills Cemetery which grew into Griffin Leggett/Rest Hills Cemetery and Funeral Home. He purchased Wyatt Monahan Monument Company in 1970, Gross Funeral Home in 1972. Griffin Leggett merged with Healey & Roth in 1974, which then became Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth Funeral Home and purchased the Family Service Life Insurance Company. In 1978, he purchased Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren. He then purchased Putman Funeral Home in Fort Smith in 1981 and Forest Hills Cemetery (now Griffin Leggett Forest Hills Funeral Home and Cemetery) in 1983. He retired in 1998 when he sold Arkansas National Life Insurance Company, which later became Forethought Life Insurance Company.