Darrell Frank “Buddy” Landrum, 79, of Villa Rica, Georgia, passed away on December 29, 2022,
from cancer. His family cared for him in his last days, allowing him to be at home and to spend
time with those closest to him. After being brought back to life in 2011 following a massive
heart attack, he was grateful for what he fondly called his 11-year bonus round.
Frank was born on June 23, 1943, to Frank William Landrum and Sarah Jane Stroud in Austell,
Georgia. From a young age, he was self-sufficient, hard-working, and ambitious. He was a star
student involved in Honor Society, Beta Club, football, track, and the Argonaut Service Society
in high school. After graduating with honors from South Cobb High School in 1961, he worked
to put himself through college and earned a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the
University of Georgia.
After his graduation from UGA in 1966, Frank worked as a hospital pharmacist, administrator,
educator, and mentor at Emory University Hospital for over 48 years. Throughout his career, he
served as president and leadership roles in numerous professional organizations such as the
Georgia State Board of Pharmacy, the National Association Board of Pharmacy, the
International Board of Pharmacy, the Georgia Society of Hospital Pharmacists, and the Georgia
Pharmacy Association. Frank was a charter member of the Atlanta Academy of Institutional
Pharmacists. He was highly regarded in his field and was recognized with many distinguished
awards including the Bowl of Hygeia Community Service Award and GSHP’s Pharmacist of the
Year twice. In addition to his professional achievements, Frank was known as “work dad” to
many of his colleagues. He always shared his knowledge and uplifted those he worked with.
While in Athens for college, Frank met his wife of 57 years, Reba Irene Mashburn. The two fell
in love and married six months later on June 27, 1965. They raised two of Frank’s younger
brothers for a time before having four of their own children: Frank William Landrum II, Nora J.
Landrum Warnock, Clayton Montana Landrum, and Bonna Landrum Lenyszyn. Frank loved to
travel, and he shared that spirit of adventure with his wife and kids. He and Reba took trips with
their kids every summer across the United States. In fact, they drove to all 48 of the contiguous
states towing their pop-up camper along for the ride. After the kids were grown, Frank and
Reba went on to visit Alaska, Hawaii, Australia, and Ireland. Frank had a knack for finding little-
known places to show his children and gave them lasting memories of Brunswick stew,
sandwiches personalized by Dad, and KOA living across America. It was not uncommon for the
whole family to be heard around the dinner table recounting the stories of their travels and
competing to see who could name all 50 states and capitals the fastest.
As a lifelong member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Austell, GA, Frank was deeply
involved in serving God and his community. He taught Sunday school for over 30 years, chaired
numerous committees, sang in the choir, and was a certified lay speaker. He spearheaded many
community service and mission projects throughout his years at Trinity. Frank also coached the
Douglasville little league baseball team, the Twins, for 25 years. Over the course of his lifetime,
Frank donated approximately 50 gallons of blood through the Red Cross. He volunteered at
Emory Hospital after his retirement as a Patient Family Advisor.
After retiring in 2015, Frank spent his time “being Frank, doing Frank things.” His favorite job of
all was being Grandpa to his seven grandchildren. He rarely missed an opportunity to watch
them participate in their activities, and he was very proud of all of them.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Sarah, by his two older sisters, Joyce
Murray (Roy) and Carole McDuffie (Jay), and his in-laws Richard and Barbara Mashburn. He is
survived by his wife, Reba, his children: Frank (Rachel), Nora (Billy), Clay (ex-wife Tiffany), and
Bonna (Nathan), his grandchildren: Noble Landrum, Wade, Kyla, and Jaime Warnock, Jillia
Landrum, and Jacob and Joseph Lenyszyn. He is also survived by his brothers: Robert (Carolyn),
Phillip (Judy), and Jimmy (Carlette) Landrum, and his siblings-in-law: Glenda and Bill Key, Larry
Mashburn (Marietta, deceased), and Dale Mashburn. Frank is loved by many nieces, nephews,
cousins, “non-biological” children, work family, and church family members.
The family will be receiving visitors at Jones-Wynn Funeral Home in Villa Rica on Friday, January
6, 2023, from 10am-1pm and 4pm-8pm. The Life Tribute Service for Frank will be at Trinity
United Methodist Church in Austell, GA on January 7, 2023, at 2pm. Frank will lie in state for
one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to
Trinity United Methodist Church in memory of Frank.
Messages of condolence may be sent to www.jones-wynn.com Jones-Wynn Funeral Home Inc., and Cremation Services of Villa Rica is in charge of the arrangements. 770-459-3694