A memorial service celebrating the life of John Milton Rankin, Sr., 87, of Elgin, SC, was held Monday, September 12, 2016 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Camden, SC, with burial in Quaker Cemetery. Father John Zimmerman will officiate. The family received friends Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Lugoff-Elgin Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mr. Rankin’s memory to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 1709 N. Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC 29020 and Palmetto Health Richland Hospice, 1400 Pickens Street, Ste 100, Columbia, SC 29201.
John passed away Thursday, September 7, 2016 after a short illness. John was born in Philadelphia, PA, to the late Milton Elmer and Rose Gertrude Hettinger Rankin. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus. After a long and distinguished career as an engineer and tool maker, he retired from Cogsdill Tool Company. John was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. He was devoted to his family, church and community. John and his wife loved traveling together, especially after his retirement.
Surviving are his children, Brian M. Rankin (Carol) of St. Matthews, SC, Cathy Rankin Hanna of Elgin, SC, Caren Rankin Canup (Jim) of Florence, SC, Alan G. Rankin (Shirley), David W. Rankin (Diana), Jack M. Rankin (Susan), all of Elgin, SC, Robert F. Rankin of PA; a sister, Dorothea Sears (Robert) of Cherry Hill, NJ; 17 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
John was predeceased by his wife, Nell, of the home; his oldest son, John Robert Rankin from PA; granddaughter, Vanessa Thompson; great-grandson, Xander G. Thompson, 2 great-granddaughters, Ella Grace Weatherford and Adalyn Wilson; and a grandson-in-law, CW2 Joshua Michael Tillery.
Kornegay Funeral Home, Lugoff-Elgin Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the Rankin family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com.