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Bobby Dale Langford

July 7, 1936 - February 16, 2022

Faith, family, and friends. These were the words that Bobby Dale Langford lived by.

Bobby Dale Langford was called home to Heaven by his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, after a brief battle with cancer. He passed away peacefully at his home in Prosper, Texas, on February 16, 2022.

Bob was born in Carlisle, Arkansas and grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He attended Marion High School where he met the love of his life, Jeanette Weeks, in ninth grade study hall. Jeanette was Bob’s devoted wife for 59 years. Together they created a legacy of love, companionship, family, and devotion to the Lord that has touched and inspired many.

After graduating from high school, Bob proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. Following his service, Bob worked for the JCPenney Company for 40 years. He started out in the stock room and then held many positions of increasing responsibilities including store manager, district manager, regional manager, and several high-profile special projects such as the JCP Shopping Channel. During his career, JCPenney moved Bob and his family 14 times across the country, finally landing in Plano, Texas in 1982.

Upon retirement, Bob purchased a ranch south of DFW, where his family loved to spend time together enjoying the great outdoors. One of his greatest joys was hosting family and friends.

Bob was a huge fan of southern gospel music and even enjoyed singing with a group for several events at Prestonwood Baptist Church back in the 80s and 90s.

He had a passion for senior adults and has been instrumental in the development of the senior adult programs and events at Prestonwood Baptist’s North Campus.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife Jeanette, his parents Dannie and Vertie Langford and his sisters Jeannie Miller and Dana Randall. He was a loving and devoted father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He is survived by his two children, Alan and Pam and their spouses Rochelle and Jeff, three grandchildren, Tyler Toney (and Bethany), Paige Toney Brown (and Bailee) and Dylan Langford, and five great-grandchildren, Barrett, Colton, and Rhett Toney and Reagan and Leighton Brown. Bob is also survived by his sister Margaret Dove, her husband Tommy, brothers-in-law James Weeks and A.J. Weeks and their spouses Emma and Evelyn, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Bob loved his Lord, family, and friends; he served them faithfully every day of his life. He will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him. Bob ran his race, finished strong, and is now in the presence of his Lord and Savior! Jesus was the hero of Bob’s life story.

A celebration of Bob's life will be held on Friday, February 25, 2022, at 10:00 am at the North Campus of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Prosper, 1001 W. Prosper Trail, Prosper, TX 75078. The family will receive friends following the celebration.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Bob Langford to: “The North Campus Senior Adult Ministry” through Prestonwood Baptist Church, 6801 West Park Blvd., Plano, TX  75093.

 

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To Margaret, children, grandchildren, and family of Bobby Dale: We know what a great Christian he was, and always has been since a small child. He was a witness for the Lord and used to sing gospel songs. Prayers are with all of you. Love, Aunt Juanita
Aunt Juanita Robinson, February 25, 2022 I was a General Merchandising Manager in the North Park store when Bob was the Assistant to District Manager Bob Boblitts in the early 70’s. My prayers are with the family during third time Jerry Scott, February 22, 2022 Bob was truly a one of a kind man. I had the pleasure of working with him in New York, and then working for him in Dallas. He was always calm, with a balanced approach to everything, a caring man and he was a gentleman to everyone that he met and dealt with. I admired and respected Bob so very much for the person that he was. It was truly an honor to have known him. RIP my friend.
Laura Hennessey, February 22, 2022 Alan, Florence and I offer our deepest sympathy in the passing of your Father. Our prayers are with you and your family. He was a true gentleman and a pleasure to work with!
Mike & Florence Ray, February 22, 2022 My deepest condolences and sympathy for Bob's family, and friends. The obituary written for him is just perfect. He had one love Jeannette one job employer his working career, J.C. Penney, and served one God. Quite a legacy he has left behind for us to admire. Richard Evans, February 22, 2022 I was fortunate to have worked with Bob as a District Manager in the Southwest Region. He loved to travel, and visit stores with us. I will always remember his positive words of encouragement, and the inspiration he would leave with the store's staff. Bob was such a mentor to so many of us over the years and I am sorry to say that we failed to thank him enough. Bob was a true Penney Partner and he will be missed by all. Our prayers are with his family.
Jim Knight, February 21, 2022 Mr. Langford was a wonderful father to Alan, grandfather to Dylan and father-in-law to my sister. He always made me feel welcome on my visits to Texas. I fondly remember his hospitality at the family ranch. Mr. Langford always had a warm and welcoming smile on his face. He was truly a gentleman and will be missed. It was a privilege knowing him.
Matthew Gillett, February 21, 2022 Bob was always a true friend and wonderful partner to both of us throughout our careers at JCP. We always looked forward to his warm smile and wonderful stories. He set a professional and personal standard that was respected by all who knew him. Rest in well deserved peace after a life well lived.
Cathy Mills and Cecil Naftel, February 21, 2022 Bob truly lived his life by his mantra of Faith, Family & Friends! I was fortunate to know him in his professional life as a Penney partner, in the stores and Home Office for over 40 years. But as importantly, I had the opportunity to fellowship with him at Prestonwood Baptist North, were we were both members. I also had the opportunity of working closely with his son Alan and daughter in law Rochelle, at the JCPenney Home Office. He will truly be missed by many who knew & loved him. R.I.P. Mr. Langford.
Manny Fernandez , February 20, 2022 The coaching session Bob gave me before I took my first store is something I will never forget. Not only was he spot on with his leadership, but there are tips I have passed on to many store managers I have coached in the last 20 years of my career. Bob was the very best!
Jim Reese, February 20, 2022 Bob and I worked together in the JC Penney Southwest Regional Office. He was an admired leader and stayed close the Penney District Managers. In Bob’s role he traveled a lot visiting Penney stores on the Southwest Region. Following retirement It great to see Bob again as we attended the North Campus of Prestonwood Baptist. He was in a leadership position at Prestonwood Baptist and has been missed for some time because of his illness. We know he is now with the love of his life Jeanette. Terry Prindiville, February 20, 2022 To Bob Langford Family, Got to know Bob in St. Louis when he was my District Manager when I became a first time St. Manager. Then two years later when I became a District Manager Bob was the Regional Personnel Manager. In both cases Bob was a recipe for Myself and many others. A great listener and very methodical with his approach. We continued to be partners and friends for the duration. Please accept Linda and my sincere sympathies and prayers. Our Love Bruce and Linda Bruce Hill, February 19, 2022 Bob lived a life of truth. His example in life for me was how to continue to serve Christ and his church even after the death of Jeanette. His continued energy after grief has inspired me to want to do the same. I thank you, my friend. Dianne Fulton, February 19, 2022 Who will I laugh with, watch golf with and sharing our faith, eating or maybe doing nothing? You are one of my Best Friends ever. BobBob you have left a legacy and character that has changed lives & perhaps the world! But when I think of your Eternity in heaven with Our Savior and all your new and old friends, I can not be anything but overjoyed! See you again soon! Hugs.
Peggy Ann Trenham, February 19, 2022 We treasured our friendship with Bob-Our trips to HUCKS Catfish and getting our monthly song texts we shared-God Blessed our lives with him Leonard and Carol George, February 19, 2022 Pam, We shared a day with your parents at the ranch. We had Marc’s Nana & Papa with us. Your parents were incredible! The hospitality was amazing! We thoroughly enjoyed our day & felt so blessed getting to know your parents. They were such a sweet, precious couple. Robert & Kathy Smith (Marc’s Parents), February 19, 2022 What a beautiful obituary he was an awesome man n I was blessed to have known him cheryl davenport, February 19, 2022 RIP Bob you were an inspiration to many of your JCPenney partners. Bill Mitchell, February 19, 2022 Great friend. Bob was a leader in our church, Life Group, & Senior Adult Ministry. He used his business & leadership skills to help a number of small business owners get their business on the right track. A very generous man, who loved the Lord, & wanted the gospel shared. I look forward to the day we join him in heaven with Jesus. Mel Mel Pugh, February 19, 2022 Mr. Langford came into my life in February of 1991. Since then and on the many occasions I visited my sister and brother in-law, he was always kind and genuinely interested in what was going on in my life. He never forgot a detail, and would always make me feel welcome, where ever we were. My deepest sympathies go to the Langford family. Bobby Dale was the epitome of a "stand-up" guy and truly lived his religion. May he rest in peace. Scott Gillett, February 19, 2022