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Sunday, October 22, 2017


LeDon Langston

 

Visitation 4:00-7:00 pm Friday, September 22, 2017 at Riverwood Family Funeral Service

 

Service 2:00 pm Saturday, September 23, 2017 at First United Methodist Church of Brookhaven

with interment at Riverwood Memorial Park.

 

 

 

Dr. LeDon Langston, 75 died peacefully at King's Daughters Medical Center on September 21, 2017.

"Doc" as he was known to those who loved him is celebrated by his childhood sweetheart and wife of 53 years, Cherie Pope Langston. 

Doc and Cherie are the proud parents of Cleve Langston, and his wife Ferris of Tupelo,

Leigh Cher Gray and her husband, Bruce of Brookhaven and Shely Shows and her husband, Russ of Oxford. 

They are also the extremely proud grandparents of Gracie, Rivers, Lily and Anabel Gray, Cashe and Crawford Shows, and Jack Langston.

Dr. Langston is also survived by his sister in law, Dot Langston and nephew, Joey and wife, Tracey Langston of Booneville. 

Their sons, Keaton, Colby and his wife Jessica, and Kane are great nephews and special Rebel fans to Doc and Cherie. 

Nephew Shane Langston his wife Rebecca and their family of Dallas, TX and Pearl Strange, Aunt, of McComb are also special family members.

 

Dr. Langston had a distinguished career in medicine that spanned 5 decades culminating in his 50 year class reunion that he enjoyed immensely just last month. 

After graduating from the University of MS School of Medicine in1967, Dr. Langston trained as an intern in Savannah, GA. 

He then proudly served his country as a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force at Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina and around the globe

at Mildenhall Air Force Base at Lakenheath, England where his squadron of C130's transported the 82nd Air Borne during the Vietnam War. 

He returned to MS after his service and completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of MS. 

The Langstons settled in McComb in 1974 where he enjoyed almost 25 years of service to the women of Pike and surrounding counties,

delivering more than 6,000 babies during his career.  He took great pride in being a physician and the special relationship it afforded

him with his patients, fellow physicians, nurses, and all the staff of Southwest Clinic for Women and Southwest Regional Medical Center. 

 

Not one to actually rest, after his first retirement, he began working for the MS Department of Health seeing patients and instructing

their Nurse Practitioners all over the state from 2001- 2010.  Having loved his earlier role as visiting teacher on occasion at Southwest School of Nursing,

Dr. Langston also embarked on a teaching career at Jackson State University in their Masters / Doctorate program from 2004-2008.

While a consultant for the Health Department, he was on numerous committees including serving as the chairman of the MS Folic Acid Council

and representative of the National Folic Acid Council.  He was also vice chairman of the MS March of Dimes Program Services Committee,

and served on the MS Public Health association executive council from 1999-2009.

 

In his next adventure, Dr. Langston joined the staff of King's Daughters Medical Center in 2010 where he served as medical director of

Kings Daughters Medical Clinic from 2010-2016.  He continued to practice part time in Brookhaven as a collaborative

physician with Brookhaven Health and Wellness touching the lives of so many through his love for health care until just a few weeks ago. 

 

Doc loved the Lord and his dear friends at J.J. White Presbyterian Church in McComb where he served as an elder for over 20 years.

His witness of God's love and grace was evident in his servant's heart whether it was at home, at church, or in the communities he cherished.

McComb was special to him where he and Cherie raised their three children and he volunteered in everything from

Little League Baseball Coach to McComb High School football, serving as team doctor for the 4A State Champions of 1984. 

When a holiday came around, he absolutely loved setting up haunted houses at Hughs and Otken or anything that had to do

with fall festivals and Christmas.  After family and work, Doc's two favorite things were

Ole Miss sports and golf and he loved all his Fernwood golf buddies. 

 

Most of his volunteer time during his years in Brookhaven was as his most treasured title, Grandfather.

Doc was loved by family and friends, colleagues and patients and we are all blessed for having had him in our lives.

Many people are to thank for the care Doc received during his illness, in particularly Dr. Justin Baker and Dr. Paul Dykes. 

 

His family  would like to express their sincere appreciation and love to the nurses and staff of

Kings Daughters Medical Center, especially the dear nurses of  two surgical, and Hospice Ministries. 

 

In lieu of flowers memorial can be sent to the First United Methodist Church of Brookhaven or the University of MS Medical Center

 

 

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6 comments

  • Comment Link Bill Friday, 29 September 2017 08:56 posted by Bill

    Dear Cherie:
    Mary and I want to convey our heartfelt condolences to you and your family at the loss of LeDon. I have many good memories of both you and LeDon , going back to our high school and football days together
    Relationships sometimes become extended , but are never forgotten.
    Our best to you and yours.
    Bill and Mary Clay Sturdivant

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  • Comment Link Mary Smith Tuesday, 26 September 2017 21:26 posted by Mary Smith

    Dr Langston delivered both of my children. I loved & trusted him so much. He helped me through many years of sickness & surgeries.
    We attended many of the same school functions for our Grands. You could see the pride & joy they brought to his soul.
    I know he will be dearly missed.
    His family is in my prayers for God's comfort

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  • Comment Link Donna Bridges Saturday, 23 September 2017 19:45 posted by Donna Bridges

    Cherie, Cleve, Leigh Cher and Shely,
    My daughter was one of the 6k children delivered by Dr. Langston. I was a terrified 20-year-old at the time and of the three doctors in the practice, he was by far the most patient-centered. I continued to be his patient for many years afterward and am saddened by his passing. He will always hold a special place in my heart and you are all in my prayers.

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  • Comment Link Mary Pittman Saturday, 23 September 2017 12:47 posted by Mary Pittman

    Cherie, Leigh Cher, Shely and Cleve,

    My heart hurts for you as you say good bye to LeDon. He was a wonderful man endowed with a Godly spirit and a genuinely kind disposition. LeDon had an innate ability to say and give exactly what you needed as a physician and friend when you were most in need of an uplifting. I will always treasure my memories of him; I feel blessed to have known him. May God hold you in his arms as you grieve.

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  • Comment Link Nancy Weeks Park Saturday, 23 September 2017 05:35 posted by Nancy Weeks Park

    Dear Cherie...
    How saddened I am to see this notice about LeDon. To "grow up" from being your junior high student while he was in med school, to taking care of your children during his residency and me in nursing school, and later to see him in McComb when I was there as a neonatal transport nurse blended my personal and professional life in such a meaningful way. Though many years have passed my memories are all so fond and influential of the role you both played in my life. It is evident LeDon used his talents to serve as God had gifted him. May your family be surrounded with loving friends and family during this time and God's promise of eternal life be a light of hope that brings tangible comfort.

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  • Comment Link David Strong, Jr Friday, 22 September 2017 18:05 posted by David Strong, Jr

    Cherie, Cleve, Leigh Cher and Shely,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Pig was a fine man. He will be dearly missed by his choose up friends. I apologize for not being able to attend his service but please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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