Joshua Darnell Baggett


Joshua Darnell Baggett, 27, a resident of Grantville, Ga., and formerly of Cleveland, passed away on Friday morning, Feb. 19, 2021, in an Atlanta, Ga., hospital.

Josh was born in Loma Linda, Calif., and he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Dorothy Christine Jarrard and Donald Martin; and his paternal grandfather, Darnell Baggett.

Josh played Division 1 Football for the University of New Mexico Lobos, where he played offensive guard. He worked in law enforcement for the past six years, serving on the Coweta County (Georgia) Sheriff’s Department and at the time of his passing, he worked for the Clayton County (Georgia) Police Department.

Josh was known for his stature and his big heart, which made him very effective in public service. Because of his football experience and knowledge, he loved passing it on to his youth football team, the Sharpsburg (Georgia) Stallions, for which he was privileged to be head coach.

Josh was a member of the Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville.

Survivors include his mother and father, Lisa Martin Baggett and Scott Baggett of Gallatin; his sister, Jessica McBride and her husband, Rick, of Chelsea, Ala.; his brother, Jacob Baggett of Gallatin; his nephew, Rhett Tyde McBride of Chelsea, Ala.; his paternal grandmother, Nancy Baggett of Chattanooga; his fiancée and love of his life, who also works in public service as a firefighter in Atlanta, Leila Simpson of Grantville, Ga.; his fiancée’s parents, Catherine and Radney Simpson of Marietta, Ga.; his fiancée's sister, Dawn Simpson; several aunts, uncles and cousins; a host of friends; and his fellow brothers and sisters in law enforcement.

The Remembrance of Life Service will be conducted on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, at 1 p.m. at the Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services, North Ocoee Chapel, with Pastor Jeff Baggett and Chaplain Roosevelt Johns officiating.

Interment will follow in the Benton Memorial Gardens with Jake Hearn, Tyler Dean, Shedric "Slappy" Carthern, Rick McBride, Jacob Baggett and Alex Mitchell serving as casket bearers.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Atlanta Fire Department Foundation by going to,

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

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