Lt. Col. Shelton Frank Lankford, 77, of Salisbury, Md., and formerly of Ashburn, Va., USMC (Ret.), 77, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, at his home after a long and courageous battle with esophageal cancer.  Born in North Wilkesboro, he was the son of the late Ray Frank Lankford and Bernice Richardson Lankford.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Judy Carol Lankford in 2002.

He leaves behind his current wife of 16 years, Verna Glenn Lankford; his daughter, Michelle Lankford Schachter and husband, Jack; and three grandchildren, Samantha, Alexandra and Jonathan Schachter of Bishopville, Md.  He also leaves three siblings, Carol Fogleman, Ken Lankford and Gloria McGlamery, who all reside in North Carolina with their spouses and children.

Mr. Lankford retired from the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served 20 years, primarily as a pilot living on bases around the world, including several tours in Japan. After retirement, he had a second career in information systems in New England and then Ashburn, Va. He fully retired to the Salisbury area in 2002. He shared his love of golfing, sailing, music, biking and, most recently, camping with his family and friends.

A graveside service will be held in the chapel at the Crownsville Maryland Veteran Cemetery on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, at 10:45 a.m., with Rabbi Susan Warshaw officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Autistic Children’s Support Group of Worcester County Inc., P.O. Box 1322, Ocean Pines, Md. 21811.

Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, PA, 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, Md. 21804.  Please visit to express condolences to the family.

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