George Howard Lankford

george lankford

September 29, 1919 ~ June 9, 2016

Born in: Penns Grove, NJ
Resided in: Lawrenceville, GA

George Howard Lankford, age 96, passed away Thursday, June 9, 2016 at his home. He was born on September 29, 1919 in Penns Grove, New Jersey, where his father worked as a chemist during World War I. His parents, Rhoda O'Kelly Lankford and George Curtis Lankford moved the family back to Atlanta after the war. George enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the beginning of World War II and was stationed at the Brookhaven Naval Air Station in Atlanta before being sent to Guam in the Pacific where he worked as an airplane mechanic for the duration of the war. He re-enlisted in the Navy after his first tour of duty and was stationed at Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta where he rose to the rank of Chief Petty Officer. George married Lucy Catherine Lankford on October 8, 1949 and adopted twins in 1954. In 1958 he was transferred to Willow Grover Air Force Base in Ambler, Pennsylvania where he taught electronics until his retirement from the Navy in 1962. George moved his family back to Atlanta where he worked as a Quality Assurance Specialist for the Defense Contracts Administration of the U.S. government until his retirement in 1982. Both George and his wife were charter members of Amazing Grace Lutheran Church located at 3305 Lawrenceville Highway. They spent their retirement years traveling the U.S. and camping seven months of the year at Moccasin Creek at Lake Burton, Georgia and two months in Pensacola, Florida. George's wife passed away on May 1st of this year. George is survived by his son, David Michael Lankford and daughter-in-law, Janice Lee Lankford of Lawrenceville; his daughter, Catherine Elizabeth Lankford and son-in-law, Michael William McKay of Forest Hills, New York; niece, Sandra Johnston Bruns of Cumming, GA; great-niece, Diana Kimling Keegan of Atlanta; great-nephew, Johnny Stevens of Atlanta, and great-grand-nieces, Jennifer Mary Kimling and Rachael Lauren Kimling; and great-grand-nephew, Christopher Robin Kimling, all of Marietta. George will be missed. The Service to celebrate the life of George Howard Lankford will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, 3305 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville, Georgia with military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations please be made in memory of Mr. Lankford to Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, 3305 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville, Georgia 30044. Arrangements are in the care of Wages & Sons Funeral Home - Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046 770-277-4550

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  1. David and Catherine & family,

    I am stunned to hear of your father’s passing so soon after your mother, and you have my deepest condolences. Howard was kind to my mother (Bernice) and I never worried about her when I knew he & Kay were around. They will be missed. God bless you both.

  2. The Atlanta Branch 89 of the Fleet Reserve Association mourns the passing of our beloved shipmate, Chief Aviation Electronics Technician George Lankford. Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go to his family.

  3. I love you Daddy – you always have been and will always be my hero. I will miss you, but take consolidation in the thought that you and Mama are now together.

  4. George – you will be greatly missed. I enjoyed the times you sang with us when you and Mrs. Lankford visited Catherine in Astoria. You and Mrs. Lankford are now in Heaven together happy and healthy. Rest in Peace. My thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences go out to Catherine, David, Janice, Michael and the entire family.

  5. My deepest, sincerest and my heartfelt condolences go out to Catherine, David, Janice, Michael and the entire family. George will be sorely missed. I loved when he came to visit you Catherine, in Astoria, and sang with the choir. He was a hoot to sing with. May he rest in peace. George and Mrs. Lankford are together again in Heaven. They are enjoying eternity – happy and healthy.

  6. My deepest sympathies go out to Mr.David & Ms. Janice Lankford, Ms. Catherine Lankford & family. May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek and may of the loved one rest in peace. Amen

  7. Catherine, David, and spouses – I am so sad to learn of your parents passing. I visited with them on Moccasin Creek ten or twelve years ago, and it was just like old times; they always felt like family to me. I’ve thought of them often in the intervening years, but to my deepest regret I was always too busy to try to stay in touch.

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

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