W. T. Rankin, age 96, passed away Wednesday, March 6, at his home. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 8, 2013, from 5:00 until 7:00 pm at Tutor Funeral Home in Magee. A service celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, March 9, at 11:00 am in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church Magee with burial in Magee City Cemetery.
He was the founder and owner of W. T. Rankin Wholesale Distributor. Serving his country in WWII, he was awarded the Bronze Star during his service at Anzio Beach, Italy and in France.
He was an active member of First Baptist Church in Magee for over 70 years where he served faithfully. He also was a deacon, served as chairman of the Proprieties Committee and worked in the Sunday School Youth Dept. for over 50 years. He was a Master Mason and community leader.
He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Ruby Jones Rankin, sons; Joe David (Judy) Rankin, Ronnie (Sandra) Rankin, grandchildren; Jason (Jodie) Rankin, Steven (Melanie) Rankin, great-grandchildren; Reed, Ross, Avery and Ella Grace. Also, Virginia Sanford, Carolyn (George) Lotterhos, Bardelle Meadows and several nieces and nephews.
W. T. is preceded in death by his parents, James Madison and Drusilla Rankin, brother; Joseph C. Rankin and sister; Marie Ainsworth.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Magee or your favorite charity.