Longtime Sentinel employee will be missed

Vernon “Duke” Langford retired from The Daily Sentinel on Feb. 1, 2005, exactly 40 years after he began.

But he never really left. After his retirement, Duke was a familiar fixture in the newspaper’s lunchroom. Duke, who was the paper’s pressroom manager, knew his way around a kitchen about as well as he knew his way around a printing press.

He loved to cook, and he loved to share his culinary creations. Those of us who are members of The Daily Sentinel family were the fortunate recipients of Duke’s efforts. More times than we can remember, Duke showed up with tacos or chili, or some other delectable that he had concocted.

Duke died Saturday from complications of obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 66.

We’ll miss not just his cooking. We’ll miss his genuine interest in all of us. Duke was one of those people who always wanted to know how you were, how things were going. He cared deeply for his family, and for those of us who were fortunate enough to work with him.

We extend our heartfelt sympathies to Ethel, Duke’s wife of 41 years, and the rest of his family.


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