Murray Daniel Langford passed away Sunday July 5, 2020 at the age of 91. He was born January 13, 1929 in Rose Hill, Alabama. Visitation will be held Friday July 10, 2020 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Green Hills Funeral Home (1621 US 29 Troy, AL 36079). A graveside service will follow at Mt. Gilead Church (29860 Five Points Rd Dozier, AL 36028).
After graduating from Straughn High School Mr. Langford first served as a Sergeant in the United States Army, and then attended Auburn University where he received undergraduate and graduate degrees. Mr. Langford eventually settled into a career in education and retired from the Troy City School System in 1992.
His work certainly did not end there. Mr. Langford continued his lifelong love of the land at L&L Lakes. A tireless worker, he was strong and tough, gentle and kind, wise and caring. He was affectionately known as Mr. Murray by many who worked at “the farm”. There are countless stories of his impact on others, his selfless giving, his understanding of people and their circumstances, and his unending willingness to lend a hand.
When Murray Langford entered a room, everyone knew it. He was in charge. He didn’t ask to be. He didn’t have to. He was blessed with a presence and a rare leadership quality and he maximized his gifts in a way that brought joy to so many people. People who interacted with him were better for it and they knew it. He served his church as chairman of deacons and served his community through countless civic organizations. A humble and private man, he would never allow himself to be credited for his financial contributions or benevolent acts.
He was preceded in death by his wife Clara Manell Langford and his Granddaughter Kelly Langford. He is survived by his three children David Langford, Mark Langford, and Melinda Langford. Daughter in law Jeanie Langford and son in law Charles Luker. Six grandchildren Greg Langford, Chase Luker, Amanda Luker, Jordan Langford, Abby Luker, and Claire Langford. Four great grandchildren Jackson Langford, William Langford, Mary Sellers Luker, and Charles Luker. Multiple nieces and nephews.
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