Ben Edward Lankford was born December 19, 1946 in Athens (Etowah) Tennessee to Bill and Rosie Lankford. He was called home to Jesus on December 16, 2020.
He was married to Sharlene Laurie Quinn on October 7, 1977 in Greenland, Arkansas.
He is survived by his wife, Sharlene, daughter, Laura Stellick and husband, Jim; son, Nathan Lankford and wife Natasha; two grandsons, Adian and Josiah Lankford, all of West Plains, Missouri; two brothers, Dan Lankford, Arkansas and Scott Lankford, Colorado, and one sister, Mary Maxwell in Tennessee.
Ben is preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Rosie Lankford and one brother, Dennis Lankford.
He became a licensed minister through the Assemblies of God on November 10, 1989. He served as pastor at Bardley Assembly of God, Summersville Assembly of God, and most recently at Pentecostal Revival Center of West Plains, Missouri. He served in the Armed Forces (Army) during the Vietnam conflict and was stationed at Landstuhl, Germany. He was trained as an x-ray technician. He worked at Washington Regional Medical Center while living in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he was trained as an ultrasound technician. Ben worked at Ozarks Medical Center for over twenty years. Ben loved God, his family and friends, his church family, and spending time outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Howell Valley Cemetery, Howell County, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.