Warren Dale Lankford, 77 of Clay City, died Wednesday, April 6, 2005, at 3:07 p.m. at his residence following a lengthy illness.
Born in Clay City on May 21, 1927, he was the son of John and Wilma Chaney Lankford.
He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater. In 1953 he was employed by Chrysler where he retired in 1986. He entered politics in 1986 serving three terms as Clay County Commissioner and four years as President of the Commissioners. He was a charter member of the Clay County Breakfast Optimist Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6606 in Clay City. He also belonged to the Clay City Lions Club and Clay County Democratic Club.
Survivors include his wife Carole Joan Lankford, whom he married on Sept. 6, 1946; two daughters, Sue Monnett of Crossville, Tenn., and Polly Haviland and husband Carl of Clay City; two sons, Mike Lankford and wife Jackie of Clay City and John Lankford and wife Nancy of Bowling Green; 12 grandchildren, Stacy Carrell and husband Todd of Clay City, Karla Barnhart and husband Kevin of Terre Haute, Krista Nichols and husband John of Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jackie Gaskin of Brazil, Melissa Allen of Indianapolis, Josh Lankford and wife Shauna of Waukegan, Ill., Elaina Lankford of Bowling Green, David Lankford and wife Adrianne of Anderson, Donnie Moore and husband Robert of Crossville, Tenn., Johnny Barker and wife Brandy of Crossville, Tenn., Jimmy Horn of Valparaiso, Sam Monnett of Chattanooga, Tenn.; one step-grandchild, Rhonda Hutchinson of Clay City; 15 great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren and other extended family.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home with Pastor Nathan Couch officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery with military graveside services to be conducted by Clay City VFW Post 6606 and the Clay City American Legion Post 225. Visitation will be Friday from 4-8 pm and again Saturday prior to services.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Vista Care Hospice or the VFW National Home envelopes will be available at the funeral home.