Lankford, Jr., Stanley E.

October 30, 2003

On Tuesday, October 28, 2003, STANLEY E. LANKFORD, JR., 82, of Salisbury, formerly of Berlin and Pocomoke City, died at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. Born August 5, 1921 in Pocomoke City, he was a son of the late Stanley E. Lankford, Sr., and the late Beatrice Pilchard Lankford. He was preceded in death by his first wife Margaret Elmore Lankford, February 21, 1979 and his second wife, Betty McGee Lankford, June 22, 2003. Mr Lankford was a member of the Stevenson United Methodist Church, a past member of the Pocomoke Elks B.P.O.E. #1624, the Farm Bureau and the Somerset County 4-H. He attended the University of Maryland. He served in the U.S. Army receiving a Purple Heart for injuries received in the "Black Forest". After serving in the Army, he returned to his family farm, raising Black Angus cattle and potatoes. In 1964 he started the S.E. Lankford, Jr. Produce, merging into Sysco Corporation in 1981, forming Lankford-Sysco Food Services, retiring in 1988. He is survived by three sons; Thomas E. Lankford and his wife Bonnie of Houston, TX, C. Frederick Lankford and his wife Pamela of Rehobeth, MD and James E. Lankford of Newport Beach, CA; four grandchildren, Heather L. Hammond, Hunter Lankford, Maggie Lankford and Elizabeth Lankford; one great-grandson, Graham Hammond; a brother Ralph P. Lankford and his wife Dorothea of Pocomoke City; a sister, Anne Lankford Leveridge and her husband John of Glen Allen, VA and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 11:00 A.M. Saturday, November 1, 2003 at the Pocomoke Elks Lodge, where family and friends may call Friday from 7 to 9 P.M. and one hour prior to the service. Rev. David S. Parke will officiate. Interment will follow in Pitts Creek Presbyterian Cemetery in Pocomoke City. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Lower Shore Family YMCA, P.O. Box 501, Pocomoke City, MD 21851 or to the Alzheimer's Association of the Eastern Shore, 212 West Main Street, Suite 202-C, Salisbury, MD 21801-9933. Arrangements are being handled by the Holloway Melson Funeral Home, 103 Linden Ave., Pocomoke City, MD. www.regionalobits.com

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