King David Lankford, Jr. was born December 9, 1920 in Dean, Louisiana to King David Lankford, Sr. and Clara Cox Lankford. He grew up in Haile, Louisiana in Union Parish. K.D. passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2012 in Shreveport, Louisiana. A celebration service was held in the chapel of First Baptist Church, Shreveport, on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. The family received friends in the church parlor following the service.
K. D. graduated from the New Mexico School of Mines in 1942 with a B. S. in Geological Engineering. He served in the U. S. Army Air Corps from 1942 –1946 and was discharged with the rank of Major. He married Lee Jarmon in 1947 and together they enjoyed 47 wonderful years. K.D. had so many wonderful memories of their trips abroad and around the world. After working for several different oil companies, K. D. moved to Shreveport in 1956 to become an independent Petroleum Geologist. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with friends and especially with his three grandsons. He greatly loved his timberland and roots in Union Parish, and he spent many happy days there visiting with family and friends and driving over beloved country roads. K.D. was a member of First Baptist Church of Shreveport for over 50 years. He was also a member of the Petroleum Club.
He was predeceased by his parents, his beloved wife, Lee, and his sister and best friend, Leone Greene.
Left to cherish his memory are his son David Lankford and wife Barbara, his daughter, Carol Wedeberg and husband Jim, grandsons David Wedeberg and wife Allison, Andrew Wedeberg and wife Bethia, and Brad Wedeberg and wife Lee. He is also survived by his great grandchildren Lucy, Anna, Drew, Mac and William Wedeberg, brother-in-law, John D. Greene, sister-in-law, Elaine Jarmon, niece Stephanie Daniels and husband Noel, nephew Mark Donnell, and great nieces Amy Courtney and Allison Ott.
Honoring K. D. as pallbearers was his three grandsons, Dr. Robert Barrett, Noel Daniels, and Bill Fleming. Honorary pallbearers included Martin McCoy, Bill Nance, and his good friends at “The Round Table” at the Petroleum Club, Gayle Hamilton, Wayne Simpson, Henry Coutret, Lane Sartor, Ralph Richardson, and James Agent.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to First Baptist Church of Shreveport, the Gideon Society, or the organization of your choice.