Our History

We stand behind our reputation and will continue to serve our community with the values instilled by our funeral directors.

Past, Present and Future

In 1950, W. Clyde Lankford and his wife, Eleanor, opened Colonial Funeral Home at 220 E. New York Avenue in DeLand, FL. They lived above the funeral home on the second and third floors and began raising their children, Cheryl and Larry. In the late 50's, the Lankford's changed the name to Lankford Funeral Home.

By 1965, the business had grown forcing them to expand with the addition of a chapel that would seat 175-200 people in comfort. Today the business has undergone a total renovation to lend a more home like appearance and comfortable surroundings for the families they serve.

Clyde Lankford passed away in March of 2000 and Eleanor in March of 2006. Cheryl L. Lankford, Clyde and Eleanor's daughter, now owns and operates the funeral home on a daily basis.  Today, nearly 17 years, after Clyde Lankford's passing, Lankford Funeral Home is still proud to be operating and serving the community and the entire Volusia County area. We take pride in our reputation and we strive each day to guarantee that your family is treated with dignity and respect when you call upon us. 

‚ÄčTri-City Diversified Services, Inc.

In 1997, Clyde Lankford saw the need for a crematory to serve the area. He invited other area funeral directors to invest and together they built Tri-City Diversified Services, Inc. Security and identification standards were put into place and are followed as stringently today as they were then.

Tri-City provides cremation services for area funeral homes both on the east and west sides of Volusia county. They are able to accommodate witness cremations for various religions or anyone who chooses. 

A young W. Clyde Lankford

An older W. Clyde Lankford


Founder of Lankford Funeral Home and Crematory

W. Clyde Lankford