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OBIT: Mrs. Juanita Lankford, age 81, of Kempville

Mrs. Juanita Lankford

A longtime homemaker of the Kempville Community, Mrs. Juanita Lankford, died at the age of 81 at 5:47 a.m. Tuesday morning April 17, 2018 at the Concordia Health and Rehabilitation Center in Carthage where she had resided since June 1, 2015.

Graveside services were conducted by Eld. Anthony Dixon at 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon April 19th. Burial followed beside her husband in Section Four of the Defeated Creek Memorial Gardens.

The last surviving of four children, she was born Juanita Franklin on February 21, 1937 in the Funns Branch Community of Jackson County and was one of two daughters and two sons born to the late Leslie Edgar (Poochie) Franklin who died March 18, 1990 at the age of 80 and Clio Dailey Hewitt Franklin who died November 1, 2005 at the age of 89.

Her sister, Geraldine Franklin Sircy, preceded her in death on March 31, 2002 at the age of 67 and her two brothers, Billy Clyde Franklin died at the age of 62 on August 16, 2003 and Nathan Elbert (Sonny) Franklin died February 12, 2007 at the age of 67.

In October of 1985 she was united in marriage to Buffalo Community native, Selous Opral Lankford Jr. who preceded her in death at the age of 81 on March 9, 2013.

Mrs. Lankford was a non-denominational Christian.

She was a member of the 1956 class of Smith County High School.

Surviving are her two step-sons, Tim Lankford and wife Belinda of the Riddleton Community, Stanley (Harvey) Lankford and wife Cheryl Clemons Lankford of the Tanglewood Community.