His growing up years centered around working hard on the family farm in Porter Springs, which involved a lot of time sitting on the hard backbone of a mule. At age 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January 1941. He fired at the Japanese planes when they attacked his base in Hawaii in December of 1941. In 1946, he left the Navy and enrolled at Kilgore Junior College. In 1947, he married the love of his life, Clara Bow White. He found work as an oil field gauger and compressor operator. He kept this job and enjoyed it until he retired 37 years later. During the last few months, he recounted many times how much fun he had while serving his country in the Navy and working in the oil fields.
John and Clara moved to Beeville, Texas, in 1950, where they raised their four children on an oil lease in the country. They had three daughters and one son: Cynthia, John Jr., Mary Jane, and Amy. Soon after their arrival, they joined Friendship Baptist Church and attended services faithfully until his death. John was very active in his church, helping on work days, teaching Sunday School classes, leading singing, inviting people to church and serving as a deacon.
He purchased 178 acres of land near Mineral, Texas, built a home and began ranching. He spent hours and hours on his John Deere tractor clearing and mowing brush. He loved his land and taking care of his cattle. He loved his Lord Jesus and his family and will be sorely missed.
Funeral services for Mr. John Fielder Lansford were held Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. in the Porter Springs Cemetery Pavilion. Interment followed. Family received friends Tuesday evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Condolences for Mr. Lansford may be left at online obituaries http://www.callawayallee.com/
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