George Albert Lankton

george lankton
George Albert Lankton, 89, of Asheville, died on Wednesday, December 26, 2012, at the Laurels of Summit Ridge. Born in Herkimer, NY to the late Floyd and Marian Hicks Lankton, he moved to Asheville in 1952. He was a retired Meteorologist for the National Climatic Data Center, a Cub Scout Master for years, was a member of the VFW and the American Legion. Mr. Lankton enjoyed traveling with his wife in their Airstream travel trailer. He was a veteran of WWII having served in the US Navy and was a member of Groce United Methodist Church. Other than his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Lillian Roberts Lankton, and a grandson, Jonathan Lankton. Mr. Lankton is survived by his sons, Gary Lankton, and his wife Linda, of Asheville and Bruce Lankton and his wife, Pam of Old Fort; three grandchildren, Andrea Lankton of Marion, Jason Lankton of Asheville and Tiffany Bieda and her husband, Mark of Colorado Springs, CO; one great granddaughter, Lilliana Bieda; one brother, Floyd Lankton and his wife Bernie, of Orange City, FL. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, December 31, at Mountain View FWB Church Cemetery, Leicester with Rev. Gerald Davis and Rev. Avery White officiating. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. at Groce UMC. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Groce UMC, 954 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC, 28805, or to Care Partners Hospice, 68 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC, 28803.

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  1. George was a wonderful individual that exemplified his Christian faith and had a great sense of humor. He was always to upbeat, he will be missed.

  2. Linda, Gary, Pam, Bruce and families, we were so sorry to hear of George’s passing. As a neighbor of ours, we loved to hear of the latest camping trips he and Lil made. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Bruce, Sorry to hear about the loss of your father, but at least we have the assurance that we will see him again one day in a beautiful place called Heaven!! As a pastor friend told me earlier this year about my mom’s passing; she didn’t really pass away, she just graduated from this life to her new eternal life!! And so it is also with your dad; he’s now in a place where there is no more sickness or sorrow or death!! I look forward to seeing him there whenever my time on this earth is over!! You and your family will definitely be in my prayers and thoughts during this time!! In Christ’s love, Bruce Robinson

  4. I was so sorry to learn of George’s passing but know he is in a far better place with his beloved Lil and his Heavenly Father. I was blessed to have the privilege to have both George and Lil as my supervisors during my Government work career. George was such a caring, personable supervisor while I was at the National Climatic Center, and Lil was so kind and such a sweet person to be with while my supervisor at the U.S. Forest Service. They were a precious couple who truly lived their faith through their love for their family, friends and coworkers. They will both remain a very special part of my most precious memories. May God bless your family in the days ahead.

  5. George was a very special person and I got to know him very well from a Disciplies Bible Study. The group shared with each other private moments and our bond between the group was great. I will never forget some of the most kind and encouraging words George spoke to me. George and all of the Lankton family has been in my thoughts and prayers and I will continue to pray for God’s peace. I am blessed to have known George and what a special impact he made on my life. I will never forget some of his most kind words. Rest in God’s arms and cherish the many, many wonderful memories.

  6. I was so sorry to hear that George had passed away. I have so many wonderful memories of Bruce, Gary and I growing up on Keasler Rd. It was always a special treat for me to see George at Groce and to get a special hug. Thinking of you always. Jan Liverett Summey

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