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Raymond O. “Ray’’ Lankford

Raymond O. “Ray’’ Lankford, age 91, of Peoria, Ariz., formerly of Abingdon, Illinois, passed away at 6:20 a.m. Monday, Feb. 14, 2000 at the Sun Health Hospice, Peoria, Ariz.

He was born Dec. 8, 1908 in Clay City, Ind., the son of Jess and Louise White Lankford. His first marriage was to Mary Combs in 1926. They were divorced. He married Bessie L. Schisler in 1935 at St. Louis, Mo. She preceded him in death on January 1, 1985.

Surviving are one daughter, Helen Haynes, Galesburg, Ill.; one brother, Shirley Lankford, Abingdon; one sister, Catherine Sampson, Galesburg and several grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Kenneth Lankford and Larry Ray Lankford and one daughter, Betty Lankford.

He had lived in Peoria, Ariz. for the past six months. Prior to that he lived in Abingdon most of his life.

He co-owned and operated the former KenRay Electric in Abingdon for 15 years.

He was the assistant Police Chief in Abingdon for 17 years.

He was a member of Abingdon Christian Church, Abingdon Masonic Lodge #185 AF&AM, member and past president of El Bon Shrine and Mohammed Temple Peoria Consistory.

He had served in the National Guard.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Hinchliff-Pearson-West Chapel in Abingdon with Reverend Raymond McLaren officiating.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the chapel with Masonic services at 7:30 p.m.

Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, Galesburg.

Memorials may be made to the Abingdon Historical Society.

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