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William Eric (Bill) Lankford, Sr.
Date of Death or Service Sep 14, 2016
William Eric (Bill) Lankford, Sr.
   Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of the Taylor Funeral Home with Matthew Haynes and Enoch Lankford officiating. Place of rest will be in the Dickson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday, September 13th from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday beginning at 12 noon until time of service.
   Those desiring, memorials are suggested to the Restoration Youth Group.
   Bill, age 81, of Burns, TN died September 11, 2016 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
   He was born in Burns, TN and was the son of the late Roy B. and Lyndal Hall Lankford.  He was a graduate of Dickson High School, Class of 1952. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force and the National Guard.  He was employed with South Central Bell Telephone in February 1955 where he was an account executive and retired in 1985 in management after thirty years of service. He also served as manager of Turnbull Water District for eleven years before retiring. In the years past he was co-owner of the Southern Belle Restaurant in Burns, TN.  He was active in many civic activities in Dickson County. He served as a Dickson County Commissioner for  twenty-six years. He was very active in years past in the Jr. Pro Football program in Dickson County. He was one of its founders.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 115 where he served for many years as chaplain.  He loved his Dickson County, the people he worked with, and was associated with.  He was a member of the Restoration Church. He married May Dotson on November 15, 1952 at the Methodist Chapel in White Bluff, TN.  He was preceded in death by his daughter, Deborah L. Cunningham.
   He had a great love for the outdoors where he enjoyed boats and boating.  He loved riding his motorcycle and camping.  Bill had a great love for his family and friends.
   Survivors include his wife, May Ann Dotson Lankford; his sons, William Eric Lankford, Jr. (Gail) and Enoch Wayne Lankford (Tammy); his thirteen grandchildren, Trevor Daniel (Kristi), Troy Daniel, Ben Lankford, Chasity Mullins (Mike), Trent Cunningham (Sara), Troy Cunningham (Tabby), Sara Longenecker (Michael), Emily Burrows (Joe), Jill Haynes (Matthew), John Lankford (Betsy), Rachel Ford (Mark) Adam Lankford (Leslie) Laura May Bennett (Daniel); 18 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren; sister, Beverly McQuiston; brothers, Darwin Lankford, and Jimmy Lankford; several nieces and nephews.
  Active casket bearers will be Trevor Daniel, Troy Daniel, Ben Lankford, John Lankford, Adam Lankford, David Bradford, Zeb Blanks; Honorary will be Dickson High School, Class of 1952 and American Legion Post #115.


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