October 21, 1951 ~ October 25, 2022

Born in: Buncombe Co., NC
Resided in: Fairview, NC

Gerald Lee Lankford, 71, of Fairview, passed away peacefully Tuesday, October 25, at the CarePartners Solace Center.

A native of Buncombe Co., Gerald was a son of the late Thomas L. and Edna Earley Lankford. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Lankford.

Mr. Lankford was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as a Paratrooper in the 3rd Battalion 5th Infantry Division.

Surviving are his sons, Mark and Michael Lankford; grandson, Joshua; and brother, Larry Lankford (Lois); and special nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with Rev. Tony Parham officiating. Interment will follow at Emma’s Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Laurel Pines Baptist Church, 44 Laurel Pines Church Rd., Fairview, NC 28730.

Services

Visitation: October 30, 2022 1:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Funeral Service: October 30, 2022 2:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Burial: October 30, 2022 3:00 pm

Emma's Grove Baptist Church Cemetery
417 Emmas Grove Road
Fletcher, NC 28732


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  1. Always that same smiling face to greet my late husband and I as we made our almost yearly trips to see him and Aunt Edna. Gerald was such a pleasure to be around. He was a man of great Faith. He will be missed. Love you Gerald.

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  2. I’m sorry we weren’t closer in miles and heart. One of our trips with mama and daddy, (I think I must have been about 14 or so) my sis Linda and I got to be around Gerald and we had the most fun! Gerald was a little older than me. Then later Gail and I traveled to NC to visit and I got to visit with Gerald. He was a quiet sweet soul. He is resting in the arms of Jesus now. RIP Gerald. My deepest sympathy love to his family and the rest of our family. Signed cousin Kathy.

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  3. Larry: I am very sorry to learn of your brother’s passing. I remember him well in our days at Reynolds High School. To you and your family my deepest sympathy. Gerry Huntley. Reynolds High School Class of 1965. gerryh1947@yahoo.com. 828-318-4013.

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