Michael G. Lankford passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife, family and friends February 12, 2011 at the age of 57 after a courageous and valiant 10 year battle with cancer. He was born in Houston, Texas on April 21, 1953 to Harold and Faye Lankford. He is preceded in death by his mother Faye Lankford; brother Lynn Lankford and grandparents. He is survived by his wife Claudia Lankford; father Harold Lankford; cousin Gary Lankford and wife Sandy; nephew Cole Lankford; aunt and uncle Eddie and Lynn Lankford; mother in law Ingeborg Romeike; Sister in law Manuela Hancock; niece Ericka Lalka and family; nephews Marc Willy and family and Christopher Keith and family; Elizabeth Puetz and family; granddaughter Amy Lee Murdock and family; grandson Cody Brown and family; his precious dog Molly and many, many other loving family and friends. God loves Michael, and has taken him home to be with Him.
Michael graduated from the University of Texas in 1976 where he was a member of the Texas Cowboys and Sigma Nu fraternity. In his early business life he was an owner of Britton's Men's Clothing, and later found his true calling as a real estate developer providing much needed affordable housing for senior Texans across our state. He was instrumental in organizing the Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers, and served as its' president from 2003 to 2004.
Michael loved golf, hunting, fishing from his boat dock and cooking what he caught for family and friends. His passion and talent as a gourmet cook was well known, as was his temper when he missed a 3 foot putt.
The family wishes to thank Drs. Kirk Heyne, Omar Barakat, and Steve Carpenter for their unwavering support and dedication to helping Michael throughout his ordeal, as well as the gracious staff of Houston Hospice for their gentle care during his last days with us.
Funeral service will be held on Friday, February 18, 2011 at 1:00 pm at Chapelwood United Methodist Church, 11140 Greenbay Street, Houston, TX. A private burial will be held in Rockdale, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Michael's memory to The
, Gulf Coast Region, P.O. Box 570127, Houston, TX 77257-0127.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Feb. 16, 2011