Marcus Andre Lankford Jr.

Sept. 12, 2002-

March 5, 2016

 

Marcus Andre Lankford Jr. was granted his angel wings on March 5 2016, following a lifelong battle with liver disease. His final months were spent in the hospital surrounded by family, friends and caring medical staff.

Marcus was born in Mesquite, Texas on Sept. 12, 2002,  the son of Stacey Brooke (Mankin) and Marcus Andre Lankford, Sr., of Ferris, Texas.

Marcus had many nicknames, such as “MJ,” “J” and “Baby J” to name a few. He enjoyed competing in golf tournaments, helping his Dad train and ride horses at the Ranch, along with raising and training his beloved pit bull dogs, his favorite being Daisy. Marcus’ life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by him understood that the quality of life far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. His gentle smile could melt the hearts of those around him. Marcus possessed strength, perseverance, and an ability to overcome incredible odds and physical challenges. With his courage he led us to believe that each day is a blessing. We love you Baby J always and forever.

Marcus is survived by his parents; Stacey and Marcus Lankford Sr., of Ferris, Texas; two brothers; Tristian Blake Lankford and Kobe Bryce Lankford both, of Ferris, Texas, maternal grandparents; Ray and wife Soozi Mankin, of Dallas, Texas; paternal grandparents; Moses and wife Jean Lankford of Dallas, Texas.

Marcus is also survived by one aunt; Jullie Trujillo, of Fort Worth, Texas; six uncles; Wayne Mankin, of Frisco, Texas; Timothy and wife Lorena Mankin, of Dallas, Texas; Adam Mankin of Dallas, Texas; Alan and wife Emily Mankin, of Van, Texas; Anthony Lankford, of Irving, Texas; Rodrick and Corisma Lankford, of Balch Springs, Texas. He is also survived by many cousins and a host of friends.

Memorial service will be held 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at the First Baptist Church, 304 W 5th St., with Pastor Brian Smith officiating.