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Roger Leon Lankford, age 57

Roger Leon Lankford, 57, of Bee Branch, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2023. He was born January 23, 1966 to Roger Lankford and Dorothy (Bass) Lankford.

He is preceded in death by his mother.

He is survived by his father, Roger Lankford and wife Gale; his daughter Ginny Lankford (Steve Brown); granddaughters, Ella and Ashlynn Johnson; brothers, Randy, Mark and Jeremy Lankford, Ron and James Nichols; sisters, Christy Nichols and Joy Strange, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Leon was a carpenter by trade. He enjoyed spending time with family, hunting, fishing, arrowhead hunting anything outdoors. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his 3 girls. His presence in the lives of all who knew and loved him will be greatly missed.

A celebration of life will be held for family and friends on Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 11:00am at Bee Branch Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Bee Branch, Arkansas.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • Ginny Marie Lankford Posted December 16, 2023 9:02 AM

    I already miss our 1-2 hour conversations we had a couple-few times a week.
    He has always been a fun Dad taking me fishing, camping, walking through the woods, catching crawdads, rough housing, teaching me to drive and more. Later in his life he enjoyed sitting around with us just chatting, and telling us his special memories. Anytime we were all together he was happy.
    He always loved treating his granddaughters Ella, and Ashlynn (or pumpkin’ seed as he calls her) to chocolates and a new fishing lure a piece. I know that my dad will always be with us. I want to extend a huge thank you to his best friend, Aunt Regina. Thank you for being there for him, loving him and taking care of him.
    He knows he is very loved and will be greatly missed. ❤️

  • Ella Johnson Posted December 16, 2023 9:33 AM

    Grandpa was funny sweet and caring. He was adventurous and outdoorsy and always had a new entertaining story. He always gave the best and most interesting gifts. He liked fishing and hunting and anything outdoors. He is one of the sweetest people I know.

  • Ashlynn Pumpkin Seed Johnson Posted December 16, 2023 9:41 AM

    My Papa was always nice, funny and kind. On Thanksgiving he got us a whole tub of icecream. He always got me treats. He spent the night with us at Grandma Stephanie’s house and watched Buffy the vampire slayer with me. We all miss him a lot.

  • Steve Brown Posted December 17, 2023 10:17 AM

    I never met anyone quite like Pops. Through his stories I saw that a simple life is a good one!Ginny and I got married, he moved from Leon to “Pop’s”. You should have seen his face as were sitting at the picnic table at Granny’s, he was a little taken back, but then he said…”I like that!” I saw how much he loved his family. when it comes to Stephanie, Ginny and our girl,That was at a whole different LOVE. Through his words and the way he spoke of Stephanie, you could tell, she was the only woman he ever loved and that was true to the moment he took his final breath.I am so happy that he was able to come to SC and stay with us,but the most special visit was when we went on vacation to FL to be able to see him, holding the girls hands while he was looking over the Ocean in complete awe. I saw his face wet and tears rolling down his face and that took me a back a bit.That is the memory of him that I will stay with in me as long as I live

  • Stephanie Boley Lankford Posted December 17, 2023 12:30 PM

    I’m Leon x wife and only wife. Together me made a beautiful daughter Ginny Marie. We both love n cherished with all our hearts. Ginny Marie blessed us both with 2 beautiful granddaughters. As a couple Leon n I rode that thin line between Love and hate . But we both Loved each other always. Our most Precious roll was being grandparents. We spent summer vacation with girls together. . Flew on planes together. Took girls fishing together. He would spend weekend at my house to have more time with our girls. Together Leon and I made our own beautiful little family. For ever I will Love you n miss more than I can say .

  • Amy C. Posted December 17, 2023 3:29 PM

    Leon was one of my favorite people growing up. From going to spend the night at his house with Ginny to him paying me a dollar for each taco bell hot sauce I could eat. He is truly going to be missed by many.

  • Karen Dixon Posted December 18, 2023 8:42 AM

    I Love You Ginny And I Did Love Your Dad When We Was Together. We Had our Ups And Downs With Each Other. And We Had Alot of Good Times.But In The End We Both Was Still Friends. He Will Be Highly missed in My Heart. But Sweet heart Your Dad Loved You OH So Much. Lord give You Strength and peace. God Bless you And Your Family. RIP LEON

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