Luther Etheldred Langford (1879-1957)
Luther Etheldred Langford was born November 12, 1879 at Rays Mill (now Ray City), GA, the firstborn child of William E. Langford (1854 – 1933) and Mary Virginia Knight (1856 – 1916). His paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Ray, the sister of Thomas M. Ray who co-founded Ray’s Mill. His paternal grandfather, Etheldred Langford, was killed in the Civil War at the Battle of Gettysburg. On his mother’s side, he was a grandson of William Washington Knight, and a great grandson of Levi J. Knight, original settler of Ray City.
Luther E. Langford married Amanda Asbell October 23, 1910 in Colquitt County, GA. She was born February 7, 1887.
Luther and Amanda Langford made their home in Berrien County, Georgia. On Sept 12, 1918 Luther reported to the Berrien county draft registration board, where his WWI draft card was completed by registrar D.A. Sapp. Luther’s occupation at the time he registered was farming, self-employed. At 39 years of age, he was tall and slender with gray eyes and light hair. His farm place on Rt 2, Ray City, Ga, was located about 1 mile east of town on the old Milltown (now Lakeland) – Ray City Road.
Luther and Amanda spent their lives in Berrien County raising crops and children.
Sadly, one child was taken from them while just a tot. The September 4, 1925 Nashville Herald reported the tragic death: “Little Muriel Langford, the 5-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Langford, who resides about a mile from Ray City on the Milltown-Ray City road died Tuesday morning from what was thought to be the bite of a rattle snake.” (See Ray City Child Dies From Bite of Rattle Snake, 1925)
Children of Amanda Asbell and Luther E. Langford:
- Edwin Vasco Langford, born August 2, 1917 ; died 2005 – Served in WWII; taught at Ray City School after the War.
- Leland Etheldred Langford, born July 10, 1919; died 1949
- Merle Elizabeth Langford born May 31, 1922; died 1925
- Merice Lancing Langford born June 22, 1926; died 1993
- Lillian Allene Langford born September 16, 1929 –
- Clyde Rudolph Langford born September 15, 1931; died 2006
Luther Etheldred Langford died 11 May 1957. He was buried at Beaver Dam Cemetery, Ray City, Berrien County, Georgia, USA
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