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OBIT: Mrs. Kathleen Perrigo Lankford

Mrs. Kathleen Perrigo Lankford

Mrs. Kathleen Perrigo Lankford of South Carthage died peacefully at the age of 85 at 2:40 p.m. Wednesday afternoon October 9, 2019 at the Smith County Health and Rehabilitation Center in Carthage where she had been cared for since September 14, 2018.

Her pastor, Eld. Junior Dickerson, officiated at the 11 a.m. Saturday morning October 12th funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial followed beside her husband in the Garden of the Cross at Smith County Memorial Gardens.

One of two daughters and a son of the late Dessie Captain Perrigo who died December 20, 1966 at the age of 61 and Lillie Hope Willis Perrigo Hubbard who died April 28, 1978 at the age of 72, she was born Kathleen Perrigo in Carthage on April 11, 1934.

Her sister, Geraldine Mae Perrigo McClanahan died at the age of 76 on March 31, 2003 and her brother, J. C. Perrigo, died as an infant.

Mrs. Lankford was a 1952 graduate of Smith County High School and was a member of the Future Homemakers of America, the glee club, music and band clubs.

She was united in marriage in Corinth, Mississippi to Smith County native Henry Alvis Lankford who preceded her in death on April 15, 1989 at the age of 54.

Mrs. Lankford was saved and baptized at the age of 17 at the Carthage First Baptist Church and later moved her church membership to the Plunketts Creek Missionary Baptist in the Rock City Community.

Mrs. Lankford retired in 2002 as kitchen manager for the Upper Cumberland Human Resources Authority kitchen program at the Smith County Senior Citizens Center where she was also a member.

Surviving is her daughter, Denise Lankford Locke of the Tanglewood Community; son, Kendall Lankford and wife Traci Litchford Lankford of South Carthage; two grandsons, Morgan Locke and wife Leslie of Dixon Springs, Andrew Locke and wife Rachel of Cookeville; granddaughter, Kendra Lankford of Carthage; great-grandchildren, Emma, Bryant, Brody and Colton Locke.

The family requests memorials to the Plunketts Creek Missionary Baptist Church.