Robert Lankford March 27, 1930 – May 25, 2017

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Robert David Lankford, age 87, of Duncanville, Texas was born March 27, 1930 and went to be with the Lord May 25, 2017. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth Magdaline Burns Lankford and Otto Ray Lankford, and brothers Ray Lankford and Bill Lankford.

Those in his family who remain are his wife of 67 years, Sharra Lynn Lankford; one son, David Lynn Lankford (Stacia Hood Lankford); two grandchildren, Brent David Lankford and Chelsea Lynn Lankford Brooks(Austin Brooks); his brother Albert Lankford, his sisters Dorthea Lankford McKeever and Eugenia Lankford Deniston; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

He retired from AT&T in 1984 after thirty-six plus years. Robert also served in the Army during the Korean War. After retirement from AT&T, he was busy with many projects. He started a small coffee business, worked for a wedding party service, was operations manager of a vending company, Servomation, as well as a business which served many telephone companies. Additionally, he tried his hand at running a small worm farm, worked with the Ms. Duncanville pageant, had a few rental properties, and a picture framing company. He enjoyed painting and woodworking, was a volunteer teacher for those learning English as a second language and volunteered at a soup kitchen.

After moving to Duncanville in 1946, he was a charter member of the Jaycees, a member of the original Lion’s Club and served on most all the boards of the First United Methodist Church of Duncanville of which he was a member since 1946. He was a Sunday school teacher for many years, taught numerous Bible study classes and was a member of the choir at First United Methodist for forty years. He finished a six-year term in 2007 as a member of the Dallas Central Appraisal District, serving as chairman for two years. He served on the board of the historic Wheatland Cemetery in Dallas, Texas for many years, 10 of which he served as President.

Robert was also known as “Uncle” and spent the last 27 years of his life in the role of Granddad and was well known by his grandchildren for “expert” wrestling skills, and endless instruction on every topic one could imagine. He even underlined the scripture in his Bible, Proverbs 8:33-34 “Heed instruction and be wise and do not neglect it. Blessed is the man who listens to me watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorpost.” And then wrote in the margin below, “Can you run your life without instruction?”

He loved to golf and when he was 74 years old he proudly shot his age, which he noted in his personal records, along with the scorecard. He was the proud owner of a hole-in-one on a par 3 and his son David and nephews Welsh and Alex have had the pleasure of spending time with him on the golf course. One of his greatest pleasures was traveling with his wife and best friend, Sharra Lynn. Their travels began in Germany, Paris, and Holland while he was in the service, which was a very long way away from Duncanville, Texas for his little bride who grew up on a farm. During their 67 years together they traveled all over the United States (making yearly sojourns to New England, Robert’s favorite), several trips to Hawaii and eventually to Rome, Italy. Over the years they’ve traveled by military ship, plane, cruise ship, train, and car, but always enjoyed coming home to their son and the grandchildren who owned his heart.

Robert was never afraid of a challenge, often taking on new endeavors just to see if he could. You always knew exactly where you stood with Robert Lankford and when he loved you, he loved you completely and faithfully. His greatest success was that of faithful husband and father.

Visitation with the family will be 6-8 pm Monday, May 29, 2017 at Jaynes Memorial Chapel.

Rev. Marie Mitchell will officiate at a funeral service at 3 pm on Wednesday, May 30, 2017, also at Jaynes.

Interment will follow at Wheatland Cemetery in Dallas.

He is gone…but he will be watching!