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Leslie Lankford

Leslie Ann Lankford (Austin)

Tuesday, January 16th, 1973 - Friday, April 9th, 2021
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Leslie Ann Austin-Lankford was born on January 16, 1973, in Wilmington, DE. She was the youngest daughter to Esther Austin and the late Jerry Johnson. She departed this life on Friday, April 9, 2021 at her youngest daughter’s home in Greenbackville, VA.

Although she grew up in Delaware, she often visited with her grandmother, the late Marion Austin in Horntown, VA. There she met her lifelong love of 33 years, Roger Kenneth Lankford “Kenny.” They wed on October 15, 2016.

Leslie worked in many industries, but her greatest role was “Mommy” and “Mom Mom.” She loved her 5 children and 7 grandchildren with every fiber of her being. She dedicated her life to raising and caring for them. If she had it to give, she would without hesitation. She would do anything for them (except trust them around her knickknacks).

She leaves to cherish her memories and carry on her legacy: loving husband, Roger Kenneth “Kenny” Lankford; children, Ashia Austin (Antoine Perry), Marteka Austin-Northan (Avion Northan), Denzel Timmons, Raheem Lankford (Taylor Ayres), Raneeka Lankford (Tyrell Miller) and Jiarre Lankford; 7 grandchildren, Ja’Sean Conquest, Amir Lankford, Arrionna Northan, Ava Northan, Kinsley Miller, Raheem Lankford, Jr., and Khy’an Neal; mother, Esther Austin (Felix (Cruz) Dejesus); second mother and aunt, Mary Austin; siblings, Nancy Austin, Jimmy “Jimbo” Austin and Timothy “Timmy” Austin, Roshida Austin, Carlos “T.C.” Austin, LoriAnn Taylor, Gregory Collick, and Bernice Dorsey; best friends, Reese and Beetle; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends whom she loved dearly.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jerry Johnson; her sister, Shirley Austin; her maternal and paternal grandparents.

Leslie will be remembered for her big heart, her contagious laugh, her genuine spirit, her good cooking and her smart mouth. To know her was to love her. The love she gave can never be replaced and we thank her for it.

- Her loving family
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Service Details

  • Private Funeral Service

    Saturday, April 17th, 2021 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, April 17th, 2021 12:00pm
    Dea's Chapel Cemetery
    4089 Fleming Rd.
    HORNTOWN, VA 23395
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    In light of the evolving situation with COVID-19 virus, we are making adjustments to adapt to the current health emergency. In order to reduce the spread of the virus in our community, we are limiting the public’s access to our facility. We will continue to serve our families with the utmost dignity, as well as maintain the safety guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
    We have received notification of the Governor’s Executive Order Sixth Amended Number Sixty-Seven (2020) and Order of Public Health Emergency Seven, which imposes the following restriction:
    Effective Midnight, Thursday, April 1, 2021, all public and private in person gatherings of 50 or more individuals are prohibited. This includes outdoor and indoor settings.
    In accordance with the Governor's Executive Order, Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Inc. will comply and hold all services private until further notice. We will not have any public viewings. In an effort to accommodate family and friends, we are posting photos and the funeral/graveside service video of your loved ones on their respective Book of Memory pages on our website, www.cooperandhumbles.com. This will allow you to have a lasting memory picture and attend the service virtually. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time and as soon as this matter is resolved, we will resume our normal practices.
    Rev. Lavenia Fletcher
  • Interment

    Saturday, April 17th, 2021 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, April 17th, 2021 12:00pm
    Dea's Chapel Cemetery
    4089 Fleming Rd.
    HORNTOWN, VA 23395
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Alice Conquest

Posted at 04:23pm
Our heartfelt condolences to the Austin and Lankford families. I often talked with Leslie and enjoyed our conversation:s. I will miss her. She could be humerous and serious.
God bless you all.
Love Alice and the Conquest family.

Love, Cherise, Meme, and the Kids

Posted at 07:40pm
We want to express our deepest condolences to you and your family Ashia. We shall continue to cover you all with love during this time.
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