Lenna Purvis Langford

Published 4:36 pm Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Lenna Purvis Langford, a minister’s wife for 68 years, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, in Atmore.

She was 85 years old. Mrs. Langford, an Edna, Texas, native, was a resident of Atmore since 1959. She was an original founding member of Calvary Baptist Church in Atmore, which was organized in 1977 by Rev. and Mrs. C. L. Langford. She was a member of Enon Baptist Church, in Goodway.

Lenna loved meeting new people and made many friends over the years. She was a Christian and a prayer warrior and uplifted many heavy hearts throughout the years with her smile and prayers. Her hobbies included: cooking, reading, Scrabble, and gardening. She was a devoted, selfless mother and friend who will be greatly missed.

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She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Nina Alderson Purvis, and her sisters, Marie Maass and Eleanor Sotorske.

Survivors include her husband, Colton L. Langford of Atmore; two sons, Jimmy Langford and David Langford of Atmore; three daughters, Karen (Mike) Brown of Louisiana, Nina Langford and Lana Langford of Atmore; one brother, Melvin Purvis of Virginia; one sister, Bonnie Blackmon of Atmore; one stepsister, Carolyn Young of Louisiana; two grandchildren, Christopher (Karen) Brown of Texas and Waylon (Allison) Brown of Louisiana; and four great-grandchildren, Chloe Elizabeth Brown, Cooper John Brown, Tyler Rogers and Tallon Abel Brown.

The family received friends from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 29, at First Baptist Church in Atmore.

Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at First Baptist Church in Atmore. The Rev. Otis Thames, the Rev. C. L. Langford, and the Rev. Arnold Hendrix officiated, with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Chris Brown, Waylon Brown, Gary Langford, Gary Cooper, Jerry Wayne Brown and Brian Presley.

Honorary pallbearers were Dewey Fowler, James Bolton, Earl Harrison, Greg Norwood and Charles Kyser.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions of Bibles in Lenna’s name may be made to The Gideons International.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home, Inc., was in charge of all arrangements.