Funeral service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Crestwood Chapel for Inell Downey Lankford, 88, Gadsden, who died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. Dr. Rodney Gilmore will officiate. Burial will be at Crestwood Cemetery. Crestwood Memorial Funeral Home is directing.
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Mrs. Lankford was member of Covenant Christian Church in Hokes Bluff. She was a housewife and homemaker, as well as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilburn Scott Lankford; daughter, Sheila Kay Lankford; parents, Isaac M. and Jessie Downey; brothers, Herman Downey, Emmett Downey and Ronnie Downey; and sisters JoDean Sims, Helen Parrish and Diane Ballard.
She is survived by her daughters, Dr. Cathy Marker (Dr. Michael Marker) and Scarlett Minton (Gary); grandchildren, Chris Marker (Nikki), Dr. Bradley Marker (Allison), Mica Mecham (Shaun), Krimson Jones (Jay) and Cory Minton (Heather); great-grandchildren, Savannah and Taylor Jones, Anna and Jake Marker, Ryder and Sawyer Mecham, Gracie and Alayna Minton, Kaela Hernandez and Greyson and Thatcher Marker; brother, Michael Downey; sister, Marcia Rhodes (Wayne); and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Lankford's grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
The family would like to express their special thanks to Steve and Glenda Ashley, Deborah Collins and all of the staff at Mt. Cove. Also, to the staff of Amedisys Hospice, nurses Jamie, Valerie, and her very best friend Holly Oliver (who she could not do without), and her sitters who made her life much easier: Pinky Dupree, Jennifer Wynn, Vennie Foster, Sherika Woods, Chequita Ash, Linda Wright and Paula Andrews.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 p.m. Wednesday until the hour of service.
Published in The Gadsden Times on Feb. 5, 2013