Food Culinary 08


Brenda Lankford

July 4, 2018

Brenda Rae Lankford, 71, went home to be with her Savior on July 4th, 2018 after a valiant battle with kidney disease. Her devotion to her family and her unwavering belief in God supported her in her struggle and ultimately gave her peace.


            Brenda was the daughter of Tella Darnell Seaton.  She was born in Greeneville, Tennessee in 1947.  She moved from Tennessee to Spring Creek, North Carolina when she was just a little girl where she attended school, played basketball and met the love of her life.


            She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Edgar Paul Lankford of Spruce Pine; daughter, Angela Lankford Warren of Boone and husband, Trip Warren; son, Russell Lankford of Spruce Pine and wife, Kristi Lankford; and grandchildren,  Gage Parkins, Katie Parkins, Abbie Lankford and Jake Warren.  Also surviving are her sisters: Bonnie Marshall of Southgate, Michigan and Jean Tisdale of Marion.


            She was preceded in death by her mother, Tella Darnell Seaton and her brother, Hugh Gates. 

            Brenda loved to cook and read, but mostly she just loved spending time with her family.   She will be forever missed by her family and friends who loved her sweet laugh, her twinkly eyes and her warm hugs.

            Funeral services will be held on Sunday, July 8th at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of Yancey Funeral Services.  Rev. Allen Laws and Rev. Chad Wise will officiate.  Burial will follow at Spruce Pine Memorial Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 2 until 3 p.m. prior to services at the funeral home.  

            Flowers are appreciated or memorial donations may be made to the American Kidney Fund at

            The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of the Blue Ridge for the wonderful care they provided for Brenda in her last days at her home.  





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