Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, at Midway Assembly of God for Archie Langford, age 65, who passed away Dec. 24, 2010. Pastor Danny Sons of Midway Assembly of God Church will officiate with graveside services to follow at South Park Cemetery. Archie was born on Dec. 23, 1945, in Clovis, N.M., to Alford and Melba Langford.
They have both preceded him in death. Archie married Gynn Ancell on March 1, 1971, in Roswell. She survives him at the family home. Archie is survived by a son: Grant Langford of Albuquerque; daughters: Betsy Shields and her husband, Alton, of Roswell and Judy Cano and her husband, Josue, of El Paso, Texas; sisters: Joveta Hutto of Kyle, Texas, Melba Johnson of LaLuz, N.M., and Detta Scates of Roswell; and two grandchildren: Tara and Terrence Shields. Pallbearers will be Ray Jones, David Ancell, Bert Ancell, Jimmy Sanders, Dru Sanders, Rod Price, Joe Smith and Alton Shields. Honorary pallbearers are Bob Booth, Cliff Johnson, Dennis Goodwin and Kenneth Scates. Archie was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend who was loved by all. Archie was a lifelong resident of New Mexico; born in Clovis and raised here in Roswell where he was a contractor.
He started Langford Tractor Work in 1977 with a riding lawnmower in the back of his pick-up and for the past 30 years built it up into a thriving business that it is known as today. He was a member of Midway Assembly of God. Archie was an avid Drag Racing enthusiast, loved being outdoors and loved God and life in general. Those who knew Archie at all were probably a victim of one or several of his practical jokes, and his way of telling a â€œTall Tale.â€
Archie never met a stranger, and was truly a friend to all. Friends and family may leave condolences online at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com. Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.