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Shirley E. Lankford

Shirley E. Lankford, age 87, of 99 West Givens Street, Abingdon, passed away at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000 at the Galesburg Cottage Hospital.

He was born August 7, 1912 at London Mills, the son of Jess and Louise White Lankford. His first marriage was to Nelda Cook in January of 1935. She preceded him in death in September of 1943. His second marriage was to Betty Stanley in Moline. She survives.

Other survivors include on son, Shirley G. “Bub’’ (Cindy) Lankford, Moline; one daughter, Mrs. Don (Bonnie) Dredge, Galesburg; one sister, Catherine Sampson, Galesburg; one half brother, John Heikes, Portland, Oregon; 6 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one infant daughter, one brother, three half brothers and one half sister.

He had lived in Abingdon most of his life.

He worked at Midland Coal Company. He then joined the US Navy and served during World War II. He worked at the former American Sanitary Company in Abingdon as a Tool & Die maker.

He had also worked as a building contractor, was an officer for the Abingdon Police Department and a deputy sheriff for the Knox County Sheriffs department.

He was a member of Abingdon Christian Church, member of Abingdon Masonic Lodge #185 AF& AM, and a 32 degree Mason in the Peoria Consistory. He was also a past patron of Order of Eastern Star and a life member of Knox County AMVETS-Illinois Post 8.

Masonic services were held at 10:30 a.m. prior to the funeral service which was conducted Saturday at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Chapel in Abingdon with Rev. Raymond McLaren officiating.

Burial was in the Knoxville Cemetery where military rites were conducted by Abingdon American Legion Post 381.

Memorials may be made to the Abingdon Christian Church or Galesburg Rescue Mission.

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