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William Langford

April 12, 1932 ~ January 8, 2024 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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William Langford Life and Times

William Russel Langford, known affectionately as Russel by those who knew and loved him, was a gentle and passionate soul who left an indelible mark on the world. Born on April 12, 1932, in Ozark, Alabama, Russel was a beacon of light in the lives of many, leaving a legacy of love and kindness after passing away on January 8, 2024, in Dothan, Alabama due to natural causes.

Russel's early years were rooted in the rich soil of Ozark, where he was born to his late parents, Otis Langford and Daisy Stevenson. His life was one of service and dedication; after serving honorably in the United States Navy, he continued to serve his community through his work with the United States Postal Service and as a taxi driver in his hometown of Ozark. Before retiring, he concluded his professional journey with Wiley Sanders, leaving behind a trail of respect and admiration from all those he worked with.

Beyond his professional life, Russel nurtured a deep passion for gardening. His hands, though weathered from years of service, were always gentle enough to tend to the food he grew in his garden. This garden became more than a source of sustenance; it was a place of community and love, feeding not only the body but also the souls of the many children in his neighborhood. To these children, many of whom were friends with his daughter Ashley, Russel was affectionately known as "Daddy," a testament to his nurturing spirit and his most cherished phrase, "I love everybody, I don't hate nobody."

Though Russel was preceded in death by his parents, his grandchild Michael Brooks, and his brother Charlie Langford.

His memory will be forever cherished by his loving family. He leaves behind a beautiful lineage of four daughters: Jasmine Langford, Ashley Langford, Linda (Ralph) Booker, and Kamitri Young. His legacy will continue to bloom in the lives of his grandchildren: Karter Glanton, Robert Williams, Jr., Amir Williams, and Perez Brooks, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who were all touched by his thoughtful and gentle nature.

Russel's life was a testament to the power of love and the impact one person can have on the world around them. He was a man who lived his values every day, demonstrating what it means to be passionate about life and thoughtful in action. His gentle demeanor was a comfort to all, and his unwavering commitment to his family and community will remain an inspiration for generations to come.

In remembrance of Russel, we recall not just the words he spoke, but the actions he took to make the world a better place. His garden may have been his canvas, but his true masterpiece was the love he cultivated in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him. Russel may have departed from this world, but his spirit, like the plants he tenderly cared for, will continue to grow and flourish in the hearts of his loved ones.

As we bid farewell to this remarkable man, we are reminded that while life is transient, the love and memories we share are eternal. Russel's story is one of a life well-lived and a man well-loved, and it is with profound gratitude that we honor his memory. Rest in peace, dear Russel, knowing that your love will continue to guide us through the seasons of our lives.

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