Our Staff

The staff of Lankford Funeral Home is here to help guide you though this difficult process. Each staff member has will ensure that all of your questions are answered and we help make this journey not as difficult. We are honored that your family has chosen us to care for your loved one.est. 

Cheryl Lankford, Funeral Director.

Cheryl L. Lankford,  Licensed Funeral Director

Cheryl was born in DeLand, FL  and graduated from DeLand High School in 1973. She earned an AS degree in Mortuary Science from Miami Dade Community College in 1978. She has over 35 years in funeral home management and ownership experience ranging from Kraeer Funeral Homes in South Florida to her families own, Lankford Funeral Home, in DeLand, FL.

Cheryl has been serving the community of DeLand for over 30 years. She is a past president of the DeLand Breakfast Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. Cheryl is also past president of Independent Funeral Directors of Florida and is active in Tallahassee championing consumer awareness with regard to the rules and regulations that govern the funeral industry. At present, she serves as a member of the board of directors for John Knox Village. 

Terry Lowe, Licensed Family Service Counselor

Terry has been involved in funeral service for over 10 years. She is a licensed Pre-Arrangment Sales Agent and is able to help families in their time of need or before. Her compassion and care for a families is easily seen as she meets with each family at Lankford Funeral Home. She can assist families in making pre-arrangments and creating tailor made pre-arrangements that will fulfill the wishes of a family. 

Debbie Entrekin, Office ManagerDebbie Entrekin, Office Manager

Debbie has lived in Volusia County for most of her life. She is a graduate of Mainland High School, in Daytona Beach, Florida.  She has 3 children and 8 grandchildren and came to Lankford Funeral Home from the Banking Industry. Her caring spirit and her ability to help families with, often the most difficult times their life is essential. We are truly honored to have Debbie on our staff at Lankford Funeral Home. 


Joanna Moyer- Administrator/Bookkeeper

Formerly from Monroe Connecticut, she attended Sacred Heart University and St. Vincent's School of Nursing. After moving to Florida she changed career paths and worked as a Manager of a Bank for over 20 years, receiving various degrees in Banking. She retired in 2010 and now works part time at Lankford Funeral Home as the Bookkeeper and Office Administrator.  She has been married 37 and enjoys fishing, crafts, and gardening. Her mission statement is "To Treat and See People as you would want Them to Treat and See Me."


Dave Aldrich, Funeral Home Associate

Dave is originally from Michigan and is a graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science. He is a Michigan Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. He currently resides in DeLand, Florida. Dave has two children and four grandchildren. He enjoys traveling and seeing the USA.

Richard Bailey, Funeral Home AssociateRichard Bailey, Funeral Home Associate

Richard has been with Lankford Funeral Home for over ten years. He is originally from Ohio. He is a retired Plant Manager. He is a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in DeLand, Fl. and a member of the Knights of Columbus. Richard always goes above and beyond and is a friendly face to see here at Lankford Funeral Home. 

We are pleased to announce Gloria Savannah-Austin has joined our support team as a Celebrant for those wishing to have a unique service created to fit your loved ones life.
Gloria Savannah-Austin was born in Orlando, Florida, and moved to Mount Dora, Florida to follow her
dream of opening her own business in 2007, where she finally exhaled and fell in love with her new life.
By day, she is a Life-Cycle Celebrant and by night, a reader and a writer, sometimes a kid that cannot go
to bed at night. Loving this community that seemingly wrapped it’s arms around her from the get-go,
Gloria enjoys networking and inventing various ways to tell a story through the five senses. Creating
immersive environments and moments for friends and her clients through her business Soulful
Transitions. Some of her favorite things include long Saturday afternoon naps with her pets under her
favorite purple fuzzy blanket, vast open skies with fluffy clouds, handwritten letters, the ocean, acoustic
music, veering off the main path and finding a treasure or junk shop. Oh yeah, and random leaps of faith
in all directions. She dreams of one day owning a gypsy wagon and having a groovy private space for her
3 dogs and her favorite books to gather and commune. A place where glitter covers the floor, and time
and money are not an issue.
Celebrant Site CFI- Profile-
Funeral, Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant
Serving: All of Central Florida
Soulful Transitions: The Art of Telling Your Story
Juicy * Soulful * Heartfelt * Raw
My services are available in Lake County, Orange County, Seminole County, Volusia County and
surrounding areas throughout Central Florida. Serving families with End of Life Ceremonies, Celebrations
of Life, Memorials, Sacred Life Cycle Ceremonies and other events that honor life's milestones.
Gloria considers her passion for creating and writing ceremonies at the end of someone's life a calling. It is
a privilege and an honor when I get to write, create and conduct the tribute to a loved one's life. Each
person's life journey is a unique experience. The loved one's story and the journey can live on in the
memories of those that they loved, by fully telling their stories.
Through a blend of questions, elements from the person's life and other sensory stimuli, I help create an
immersive environment where the loved one's life is truly honored in a laser focused and heart centered
way. My work as a Life Coach, Recovery Coach, Speaker and Writer have contributed heavily to my own
understanding of each person's unique contributions and journey throughout their life cycle.
Gloria is aGloria is a graduate from the Celebrant Foundation and Institute in New Jersey. She is a Certified
Life Celebrant and specializes in end of life ceremonies and other ceremonies across the entire lifecycle..
She is also a Certified Marriage Officiant with Universal Life Church and a Notary in the
State of Florida. As a Celebrant, Gloria works with individuals, couples, families and communities to
create memorable ceremonies marking important milestones and transitions. Her background in
coaching, marketing and speaking contribute heavily to her personal sensitivity to the many life
changes, transitions and places in life. Each person and experience she meets head on, allowing
those moments to enrich and deepen her ability for connection and serving families in a unique and
personalized way. She loves to share parts of her own life story and realizes that everyone's story
has the power to uniquely affect us, heal us and move us into the next phase of life.
You may also feel free to email us directly at: savygroove@yahoo.com or through the website at
www.soulfultransitions.net. Please phone us at 321.303.0873 if you have any additional request or
questions.