John Langford
1931 - 2020
LANGFORD, Judge John S. "Jack" Judge John S. "Jack" Langford, 88, passed, surrounded by his family, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 of natural causes at Canterbury Court in Atlanta. Born July 4, 1931 to the late John S. Langford, Sr. and the late Virginia Flynt Langford, Jack graduated from Griffin High School in 1949 and then from Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University) in 1953. He played varsity football and served as president of the SAE fraternity at Auburn. He served for two years in the U.S. Air Force and graduated from Emory University Law School. Jack was in a private law practice with Bryan, Carter, Ansley and Smith until his appointment to the Fulton County State Court in 1964. He then served as Chief Juvenile Court Judge until he was elected to the Fulton County Superior Court, where he served for 38 years, in 1972. Jack's loves of football and jurisprudence were perfectly combined when he served for 13 years as a Southeastern Conference football official. He was also an Eagle Scout and a volunteer scout troop leader for decades. For many years, he led Troop 42 at All Saints' Episcopal Church, where he guided a group of boys from diverse backgrounds in the heart of the city with great success. Jack was also a member of the West End Rotary Club, the Piedmont Driving Club, the Carrie Steele Pitts Home Board of Directors, and the Atlanta Touchdown Club. He was a member of All Saints' Episcopal Church and served multiple terms on the vestry. He ran in several Peachtree Road Races and was an Olympic torch bearer in Atlanta in 1996. An avid adventurer, he climbed both Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Rainier. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, the former Margaret Hodgson Ellis, their children, John S. Langford, III (Barbara) of Falls Church, VA, Ellen Langford Hayes (Kevin) and David Langford (Leslie) of Atlanta, his brother, Robert Nathan Langford (Yvonne) of Griffin, and grandchildren, Ellis Langford(Kimberly), Fritz Langford (Mallory), Bill Hayes, Tyler Hayes, Patrick Hayes, Meredith Langford, Margaret Langford and Katherine Langford as well as numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and in-laws. In his final act of service, Jack gave his body to the Emory University School of Medicine for research. The family extends sincere gratitude to the team of patient and loving caregivers who tended to Jack in the last months of his life: Gia St. Cyr, Kim Hutchins, Mary Gargannah and Bridget Monye. A memorial service will be held Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 at 11 AM, at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30308. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Langford Nature Center at the Bert Adams Scout Reservation c/o Atlanta Area Council, Scouts BSA, 1800 Circle 75 Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339 or to All Saints' Episcopal Church.
Published by Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Feb. 19 to Feb. 23, 2020.
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634 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA
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I am so very sorry for the passing of Judge. He was one of my Boy Scout Leaders during the 1977 National Scout Jamboree. Excellent leader and mentor.
Steven Hinson
March 19, 2020
Judge Langford a wonderful Judge and person. I was employed 34

years at FCJC. Judge Langford went to Superior Court and a few

years laters I served jury duty and he was the judge.He introduced

me by name as FCJC employee to the jurors, He remembered

everyone. Blessings to the family. Rest in peace Judge Langford.
sylvia harper
March 1, 2020
Judge Langford my favorite judge and person.I was employed at

FC Juvenile Court for 34 years and when he went to Superior Court
he was greatly missed.I serviced Jury duty and he was the Judge ,

he remembered me and introduced me to the jurors as a FCJC

employee. He remembered everyone. I will always have the best of

memories. Blessing to the family. Rest In Peace, Judge Langford.
sylvia harper
March 1, 2020
My prayers & condolences go out to the family. I'm a past resident at Carrie Steel Pitts Home when Judge Langsford were on the Board. God have received another angel. Rest in peace Judge Langsford.

Mae Frances Bullard
Mae Bullard
February 26, 2020
Our loss is another gain in His Heavenly Home. Judge Langford was a giant of a man. I worked with him at the FC Juvenile Court and was honored to know him. He took his position seriously and was always fair to those who came before him in court. My sincere condolences to his family. I know he will be missed by many. His impact will always be remembered.
Millie Grant
February 26, 2020
The legal community has lost a true giant of a man. Judge Langford was one of the best judges to work for at Fulton County. There was no doubt of his ethics and professionalism when he wore the robe. I admire his athletic achievements those that people only dream about. Rest In Peace.
Bobby and
February 24, 2020
Dr.Verdree Lockhart,Sr
February 24, 2020
Dear Margaret and family,
Judi and I send condolences from Tuscaloosa. We have so many wonderful memories of Jack, especially Bill, who was privileged to serve with him on the Troop 42 Committee and attend several camping trips with him, including an epic venture to Seabase in the Keys. Jack was a great inspiration to everyone and no one will ever know how many boys he put on the path to being good citizens. It is a wonderful legacy. Teaching duties keep me here, so we will miss the celebration of Jack's life. However, we want you to know that you are in our thoughts, prayers, and memories. God's blessing on all of you. Bill Rabel
Bill Rabel
February 22, 2020
May God be with the family during this most difficult time. Sympathy and condolences o the family and friends.
The Dean family
February 21, 2020
Sending heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the Hon. John Langford family and friends.Please trust that "God of Love" wants to help and comfort you during this time of grief.From:. MHS, AU '64, Rotarian,Paul Harris Fellow.
Michael H. Sarra, MPA
February 21, 2020
Thank you, Judge Langford, for your kindness and thoughtful suggestions when I served at the Fulton County Common Pleas Court. You were truly a gentleman whose words and actions displayed the hospitality and considertion of a thoughtful, wise man. Pastor Judy Cramer
February 21, 2020
The world has lost a fine, southern gentleman. The Judge and my late husband officiated together years ago, so they were lifelong friends. Jack married my husband and I 35 years ago in beautiful Sea Island so I will always cherish his memory. My heartfelt sympathies to the entire family. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Nancy DeLany
Nancy DeLany
February 20, 2020
Nancy DeLany
February 20, 2020
Dear Langford family, my thoughts and prayers go out to you all. I knew Judge Langford through my position as Executive Director of the Council of Juvenile Court Judges well as through the West End Rotary Club. Eric J. John
February 19, 2020
Perry Favazza
February 19, 2020
To David Langford and Family, be assured that my family is praying for your strength and courage. There is peace in the precious memories, for here is a grand legacy of a wonderful life. He now rests in the Arms of our Lord and Savior. So be encouraged, our Holy and Magnificent God promised that we shall meet again. What a glorious day that will be. Matthew 5:4
Brenda Tanks Hewitt
February 19, 2020
The Judge was an extraordinary mentor to boys and men. As my scoutmaster to the world jamboree in 1983, he showed us how to have both fortitude and fun, pride and humility. I was also blessed to see his work with Troop 42, including boys of Buckhead and Techwood Homes. He built his scouts into good people. Godspeed, Judge.
David Liebmann
February 19, 2020
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family at this difficult time. Please find peace in knowing that God understands your grief and that he cares. 1 Peter 5:6, 7
February 19, 2020
A great friend and mentor. Thank you sir for all the years you gave to Scouting and the Atlanta community.
Doug Scales
February 19, 2020
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