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James “Jim” Langford, USAF (Retired)January 8, 1934 – May 16, 2019
James (Jim) Langford, age 85, of FWB, passed unexpectedly and peacefully in the arms of the Lord, surrounded by loved ones, on May 16, 2019.
Jim was born January 8, 1934 in N. Ft Myers, Florida to the parents of James and Jewel Langford. In October 1952, Jim enlisted into the United States Air Force. He completed his schooling as a helicopter mechanic in San Marcos, TX. Later, he married his high school sweet heart, Bobbie, on January 15, 1955. From there, Jim and Bobbie were stationed in multiple states such as South Carolina, Nevada, Colorado and Florida. Jim also got orders to Okinawa, Japan. He served in Vietnam as a Helicopter Mechanic. After serving 20 faithful years with Bobbie by his side, he retired in November 1972 at Eglin AFB in Fort Walton Beach, FL where they made their forever home. He worked multiple jobs and participated in the Shriners Club for many year before committing 32 years with Modern Woodman of America where he then retired in January of 2007.
He is survived by his beloved sister, Annette Blough (husband, Chuck), his nieces, Carla Talerico (husband, Fred), Teri Dixon (husband, Dan) and nephew, Ron Blough. His 2 daughters, Cynthia Davidson (husband, Greg) and Vicki Richburg (husband, Bo). His grandchildren, Amber Midland (husband, Kenny), Travis Brenon, and Kayla Dawson (husband, Taylor). And his 3 precious great-grandchildren, Peighton and Ashlyn Midland and Briar Dawson. Jim is preceded in death by his mother, Jewel Langford, and his father, James Langford. He is also preceded in death by his beloved wife, soul mate and best friend of 64 years, Barbara M Langford.
Memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 from 10am-12:00pm at Davis Watkins Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road NE, Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32547.
A special thanks to Emerald Coast Hospice & Nurse Tracy R. for the excellent care they provided Mr. Jim in his final days. Also, a special thanks to Shawnna, Tracie, Debbie and Michael and all of the amazing people who showered him with love and care.
Jim was a beloved husband, brother, father (in law), and (great) grandfather. His charming personality, big heart and sense of humor will be greatly miss by all who loved and knew him.
Please visit www.daviswatkins.com to sign the guestbook, express condolences and share memories.
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on May 21, 2019
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