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In 1950, W. Clyde Lankford and his wife, Eleanor, opened Colonial Funeral Home at 220 E. New York Avenue in DeLand, FL. They lived above the funeral home on the second and third floors and began raising their children, Cheryl and Larry. In the late 50's, the Lankford's changed the name to Lankford Funeral Home.

By 1965, the business had grown forcing them to expand with the addition of a chapel that would seat 175-200 people in comfort. Today the business has undergone a total renovation to lend a more home like appearance and comfortable surroundings for the families they serve.

Clyde Lankford passed away in March of 2000 and Eleanor in March of 2006. Cheryl L. Lankford, Clyde and Eleanor's daughter, now owns and operates the funeral home on a daily basis. 


 Today, nearly 17 years, after Clyde Lankford's passing, Lankford Funeral Home is still proud to be operating and serving the community and the entire Volusia County area. We take pride in our reputation and we strive each day to guarantee that your family is treated with dignity and respect when you call upon us. 

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License Funeral Director, Owner

Every member of our staff is here to help guide you though the difficult end of life decisions loved ones are left to make. Each staff member has been selected based on their experience to assist those we serve with the utmost dignity and compassion.  We are honored that you have selected Lankford Funeral Home to serve your family during this time.

Cheryl was born in DeLand, FL and is a native. She graduated from DeLand High School in 1973. She earned a degree in Mortuary Science from Miami Dade College in 1978. She has over 40 years in funeral home management and ownership experience ranging from Kraeer Funeral Homes in South Florida to her present funeral home.

Cheryl has been serving the community of DeLand for over 40 years. She is a past president of the DeLand Breakfast Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. Cheryl is also past president of Independent Funeral Directors of Florida and is active in Tallahassee championing consumer awareness with regard to the rules and regulations that govern the funeral industry. At present, she serves as a member of the board of directors for John Knox Village. 

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