Bernice Ruth Lankford was born in Franklin Alabama on November 29, 1929 to Mr. Wes and Adell Davis.
She attended Bethlehem Industrial Academy in Franklin Alabama.
Mrs. Ruth was married to Mr. William Lankford for 60 years.
Mrs. Ruth always loved worshipping and praising the Lord with other Saints. She was baptized at York Chapel in Franklin Alabama. Mrs. Ruth gave her life to Jesus Christ at an early age and stayed on the battlefield until death. When the family moved to Mobile Alabama, she joined Holmes Street Baptist Church. Mr. William was stationed in San Antonio Texas where they lived up until death. Mrs. Ruth joined New Hope Missionary Baptist church under Pastor S.L. Jackson and later Pastor Joshua Joubert. She was faithful to the choir and sung for many years. As well as attended Sunday School. Later her husband William joined Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church under Pastor Andrew Wilson and Ruth moved her membership to Shiloh to be with her husband. Her joy was singing in choir, attending Sunday School and BTU. After the passing of her husband Ruth joined Agape Christian Church under Pastor Stuart Perryman with her son Sidney. Ruth has always been faithful to the Lord and loved to hear the preach word. She prayed for everybody especially for her children’s salvation and protection.
Her favorite songs where I Won’t Complain, Oh Mary Don’t You Weep and Take me to the King and she loved to here Pastor Perryman sing, “You Don’t have to Worry”. Her favorite scripture was Psalm 23, she understood the purpose when the writer David said, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want”. Channel 22 TBN is the channel she watched all day long. She enjoyed watching church on TV.
She was part of the Community Echoes Choir under the Direction of Leslie Foster for over 8 years or longer.
She worked at Normandy Terrance for many years up to her retirement. She was a faithful worker always on time. She treated her patients kindly and always did a job well done.
Ruth was a woman of many talents. And I believe everyone would agree that she has a talent and passion for making greens. She had a garden full of greens up until her passing. People would stand in line on different occasions to get some of her greens. She even had people make phone call appointments for greens. No one could cook them like her.
Another one of her talents was being the best front seat passenger ever. She was better than GPS. She could not drive but she could remember how to go somewhere and come back no matter how long it was that you travel to a location. She would tell you, “you need to go this way”, but of course as a driver we had a better way. Then once we found out we were wrong, she would keep looking straight and we would tell her, “you need your license”. She could tell you something about another car before it even happened.
Finally, she loved to go shopping on the weekend. Even at the age of 92 Ruth could out walk and out last most of us when it came to shopping. She would go from store to store looking at what’s new and what was on sale. However, if she liked it, she bought it.
The Spurs was her team. She attended a game and had so much fun. Seeing her smile, clap and laugh when they made a basket was priceless.
She was loved by so many for her kind heart. She would give you the shirt off her back if you truly needed help. She loved babysitting her grandkids they brought her so much joy and laughter. You were guaranteed that when you picked your child up, they were bath, lotion down and smelling good.
She leaves to celebrate her heavenly arrival, her sister from Alabama Mrs. Dessi Rogers. Her daughters, Carol (Willie) Barnes, Linda (John) Green. Her sons, William Jr. Lankford (Irma Jean), Danny (Lanita) Lankford, Wesley Jerome Lankford and Sidney (Anita) Lankford. She also leaves a host of grandkids and great great grandkids, goddaughter, and other family and friends.
Heaven is delighted that she has arrived home. Not goodbye but see you later.