OBITUARY

John Charles "Jack" Langford

September 28, 1927March 21, 2014

John Charles “Jack” Langford, 86, a resident of Destrehan, passed away March 21, 2014. Jack was born on Sept. 28, 1927 in Algiers to the late Albert and Dorothy Labit Langford. His mother died shortly after his birth. He was raised by his maternal grandmother: Ann Meariman Labit and later by his father and stepmother: Lille Margaret Langford. He married Beverly Ruth Mahoney who preceded him in death in 2011 after 60 years of marriage. He was also preceded in death by his siblings: Dorothy Langford Brown and Albert Langford, Jr.

He is survived by “My Three Daughters”: Susan Langford Klotz (Thomas), Karen Langford Trant (Wayne), and Beverly Anne Langford Gossett (Rex), his grandchildren: Christopher Klotz (Kimi), Bethany Klotz Sterritt (Robert), Allison Klotz, Charles Jones, Bailey Anne Gossett, and 3 great-grandchildren: Bryson Sterritt, Timothy Sterritt, and Maggie Rose Klotz. “My quiet joy is when you all are together talking and laughing.” After Jack graduated from L.H. Marrero High School, he eagerly enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17 in 1945 and served until September 1948. He served as a radar man, 2nd class on the USS RUPERTUS DD-851 in the Pacific. He is a proud plank owner of the RUPERTUS and an active member of the USS RUPERTUS Association.

Upon discharge from the Navy, Jack entered Louisiana State University and received a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering in 1953. In 1964, he opened his own company: J C Langford Laboratories. The company would grow and become Langford and Meredith Laboratories in 1968. More growth would lead to another merge in 1973: The Analysts. Based on Jack’s recommendation, The Analysts opened an office in London. He and his family moved to London where they lived for 5 years. He returned to Houston in 1977. His last move would be to Destrehan in 1984. He retired from the Analysts/Schlumberger in 1985. Following his retirement, he opened a multi-service company: JCL Services and enjoyed a successful real estate career.

Jack was an active member of the New Orleans Geological Society beginning in 1958. He was a member of numerous committees and held many offices including president. In addition, he was also was active in the Kiwanis Club, the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Society, and St. Charles United Methodist Church. He was pleased to call many of these members: Friends. Jack was most especially proud to be called: Husband, Dad, and Paw Paw.

Family and friends are invited to visitation on March 29, 2014 at St. Charles United Methodist Church 1905 Ormond Blvd. Destrehan, LA from 9-11am. A funeral service will follow at 11. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jack Langford Fund: St. Charles United Methodist Church, PO Box 693 Destrehan, LA 70047. Condolences may be expressed at www.hcalexanderfuneralhome.com

Arrangements under the direction of H.C. Alexander Funeral Home, Norco, LA.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, March 29, 2014
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 29, 2014
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Diana Klotz

March 31, 2014

Dearest Susan and the other 2 "his girls". I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. He was a very special person to me. I will always hold a very, very special place in my heart for him. He was a wonderful person and friend. The real estate world has lost a realtor with so much class, integrity and honesty. Rest in Peace my friend.

March 31, 2014

MARCH 30, 2014

DEAR SUSAN, KAREN AND BEVERLY:

DURING OUR YOUTH, JACK AND I WERE CLOSE FRIENDS AND ATTENDED SUNDAY SCHOOL TOGETHER AT THE ALGIERS METHODIST CHURCH ON OPELOUSAS AVENUE . JACK LIVED WITH HIS GRANDMOTHER IN ALGIERS AND WE ATTENDED ALL CHURCH YOUTH FUNCTIONS TOGETHER. WE ATTENDED SEPARATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN ALGIERS. JACK MOVED TO MARRERO AND ATTENDED HIGH SCHOOL THERE AND I ATTENDED RUGBY ACADEMY IN UPTOWN NEW ORLEANS. MY LAST RECOLLECTION OF JACK WAS PLAYING IN A BASKETBALL GAME WITH HIM AT THE MARRERO HIGH SCHOOL GYM BETWEEN RUGBY ACADEMY AND MARRERO IN THE SPRING OF 1942 OR 1943.

THAT WAR SEPARATED US BUT I OFTEN RECOLLECTED MY CHURCH AND SCOUTING ACTIVITIES OF MY YOUTH WHEN WE WERE CLOSE FRIENDS. I HAVE A FAINT RECOLLECTION OF JACK AND I BEING BOY SCOUTS IN TROOP 4, THAT MET EACH FRIDAY IN THE LP&L BUS BARN ON ELMIRA STREET.

I NEVER KNEW THAT JACK HAD JOINED THE NAVY OR ATTENDED L S U BUT THAT WAS GOOD NEWS.
ALSO, I AM A TIGER. I AM FIVE MONTH YOUNGER THAN JACK.

YEARS PAST FOR BOTH OF US. WE RAISED FAMILIES AND GREW OLDER. JACK SETTLED IN THE ORMOND AREA AS DID MY SON CHILDS, III. BOTH WERE MEMBERS OF THE ST. CHARLES METHODIST CHURCH. CHILDS, III MOVED TO ORMOND IN 1982, WAS AN ATTORNEY FOR CHEVRON OIL CO. AND PASSED IN 1992.

I WISH JACK AND I COULD HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR LIVES TO CROSS ONCE MORE.

MAY GOD FIND A PLACE FOR JACK AT HIS RIGHT HAND AND BLESS AND KEEP HIS FAMILY HERE ON EARTH.

YOUR CALL WOULD BE WELCOME.

CHILDS DUNBAR, JR.
504-400-2226

Terrie Hughes

March 29, 2014

I worked for Jack at JCL Services in the late 1980's. He was a woderful person to know and work with. My condolences to the family. I know he will be greatly missed. May God bless his soul. Terrie

Betty O'Neil

March 28, 2014

Beverly,my condolences to you and your entire family. The way I like to see it is that I have two special angels (my mother and father) looking over me. Now you have both your parents doing the same. Betty O'Neil

March 28, 2014

Missing my very dear and special friend Jack. My condolences to his family. Thank you, Karen for sharing him with me.

Audrey Champagne Raziano

March 28, 2014

I knew Mr. Jack for many years through the St Charles Business Association. A really great man. Please accept my prayers and sympathy.

Tricia Lott

March 28, 2014

Sympathies to all of the family...