CARL T. LANGFORD
LANGFORD, CARL T., age 92, of Orlando passed away on Saturday July 9, 2011 at his daughter's home surrounded by his children and with the compassionate, loving care of Hospice. Carl was born on 10 N. Hill Street on July 23, 1918. Growing up in Orlando he joined the Boy Scouts of America attaining the rank of Eagle Scout in 1934. In 1970 he was presented the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. When America entered World War II, Carl was Orange County's first selective service draftee and proudly served in the U. S. Army for 5 years until discharged a Major in 1946. During his war years, he met and married his beloved
Marietta Perkins while stationed at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Returning to Florida after the war, Carl attended the University of Florida at Gainesville and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1948. He majored in accounting and was elected by the student-body-at-large Chancellor of the Honor Court. While living in campus housing he was elected Mayor of Flavette Village. After graduation, he started Slemons and Langford Construction Company in Orlando, building hundreds of homes, a few banks and motels, and a parking garage. Profoundly affected by John F. Kennedy's assassination, Carl was impassioned to help improve his city and his country. He entered the political arena in 1967, was elected Mayor of Orlando and served for 13 years before retiring in 1980 as Mayor Emeritus. His most significant achievement was negotiating the purchase (for $1) of the land used by McCoy Air Force base, which became Orlando International Airport (OIA) now one of the largest airports in the United States. Carl T. Langford was preceded in death by his father
Thomas Albert Langford; his mother Annie Self Langford; his brother Edward Ross Langford; his sister Jean Sanderson; and his wife of over 60 years Marietta
Perkins Langford whom he lost in 2005. Carl is survived by his three daughters: Joan Langford
Buchanan of Orlando, Susie
Champion-Bee (James), Arkansas, Valinda Langford, South Carolina; and his son Thomas Edward
Langford (Pam), Orlando. Carl is also survived by eight grandchildren: Carl Buchanan of California; Kristoffer Buchanan, South Carolina; Tom Shrum, Washington DC; Terry Carter, Arkansas; Sharon Langford, Orlando; Thomas
Langford Jr., Orlando; Valinda Daves, North Carolina; and Christy
Seagraves, North Carolina. He has 11 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 4 to
7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at the Baldwin Fairchild Lake Ivanhoe Chapel. Funeral services for Carl T. (Call me by my first name-"Mayor") Langford will be held at 12 Noon on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at the First Baptist Church of Orlando. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Orlando. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Central Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America Endowment Fund, 1951 South Orange Blossom Trail Apopka FL 32703.

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Carl Langford was not only a great man but a visionary, The present Orlando International airport was his baby and should be named after him. He also initiated the establishment of Disneyland in Orlando. The Disney Management respected him and welcomed the chance to have a foothold in Orlando . Mr Langford's vision changed not only Orlando but Florida for the millions of tourists who have been flocking to Orlando.

A simple and decent human being without any pretensions. Miss him and miss sharing a cigar and drink with him.
Dr. K, Deepak Kapoor
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July 6, 2020
Tom and Pam, our condolences to you and your family in the loss of your Dad. Although we did not know him personally, we feel connected to him because we live in the house that he built many years ago. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Jackie and Ed Boyd
July 16, 2011
Carl was a wonderful and caring man. Dr. Neil Powell would bring him to our hunting camp so he could enjoy good food,friends his brandy and cigar. He would always find something in our camp fire that he needed to get out and would get on his knees and pull out what he wanted with his cane. He would tell Dr. Powell to be quiet telling his jokes so he cold tell some of his jokes. Each time he came to camp he would always ask Danny Lamos if he still had the same phone number that he just mentioned, and of course it was always correct.
We will miss him and his sense of humor.
Ned Baker
July 15, 2011
I will never forget Mayor Langford and his patience and kindness to me when I was a very young "Miss Orlando". My sincere condolences to the Langford family in the loss of such a beloved member of their family and indeed to the whole city. Delta Burke
July 15, 2011
What a wonderful Mayor and all around nice man. It was my great pleasure to call him boss for 14 yrs. My sincere sympathies to his family. I remember that walking stick I carved for him at his cabin in Maggie Valley many years ago.
Jerry Napier
July 14, 2011
My dear Tommy,it has been years since I have seen you. I am so sorry to hear of you Daddy's death.I remember hanging out at your house with Tim and Frank during high school.My sympathy to you and your entire family.God Bless
Melony Wicks/Clarke
July 13, 2011
A good and great man passed away leaving a legacy of compassion and love for this country. will be dearly missed.
Dr. D Kapoor
July 13, 2011
How lucky we, the citizens of Orlando; and we, the employees of Orlando; were to have had the opportunity to know and work for this wonderful man. Orlando has and always will benefit from his vision. Godspeed, Mr. Mayor.
Mary Wise
July 13, 2011
Joan, my condolences to you in the loss of your dad. I have such fond memories of visiting your home those many years ago when we ran around together in high school. May God comfort you and your family during this difficult time.
Nancie Wilson
July 13, 2011
I've lived in Orlando, since 1959, and Mr C. Langford was a well respected name in our household. From my perspective, he was a well rounded individual who's first concern was the wellfare of the people to whom he represented in Orlando, Orange County. He will be missed. God Bless to the family, and the others whom knew him personally.
Diane B. Orlando, Fl.
July 12, 2011
To Tom and the entire Langford family my deepest condolences go out to you at your time of loss. I was proud to have been hired and served under such a wonderful man. No mayor since has done more for the people of Orlando, or for those who serve it. We were luck that you shared him with us. May he rest in peace and may you be comforted by the many wonderful memories he provided
Jack Barrett
July 12, 2011
Joan, I know you will miss your father very much.Having grown up in Orlando during the time he was mayor gave me the opportunity to observe the many wonderful things he did for Orlando. He was a special person. I know he was proud of all the work you do for the Boy Scouts and I offer you my sincere condolences.
Dianne Reed
July 12, 2011