Mr. Rankin was born in Knoxville on Sept. 10, 1943, and died on Oct. 10. He was buried at Calvary Cemetery.
Mr. Rankin was a devoted lifelong member of Immaculate Conception, was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council 645, and a graduate of Knoxville Catholic High School class of 1962.
After studying accounting in business school, Mr. Rankin started his career at Hamilton National Bank. He retired from First Tennessee Bank after 43 years of service.
Although partially paralyzed from an accident in his late teens, Mr. Rankin was always a positive person. Never once did anyone hear him complain of his physical condition. He devoted himself to service to others, always showed concern for others, and often donated freely to causes for those less fortunate.
He was a devout Christian, and his faith and love in the Lord kept him active in his church and in continuous contact with his many friends, his family, and his extended church and school families through the years. He was grateful that many of his IC family returned those warm feelings of friendship, love, and encouragement with cards and notes in recent years as he survived several strokes and heart ailments.
Mr. Rankin was preceded in death by his parents, Louis A.(Luke) Rankin Sr. and Anna Margaret Corcoran Rankin; brother Dan E. Rankin; and beloved Aunt Agnes M. Corcoran. He is survived by nephews Michael J. Rankin, Daniel E. Rankin Jr., and niece Laura A. Rankin (Dexter Hamlett), great-nieces and great-nephew Leah and Lindsay Rankin, Carmen and Ben Hamlett, and numerous other cousins. Special acknowledgement are for beloved sister-in-law Patricia Roberts Rankin, cousins Tom and Donna Charron, and Paulette and Virgil Corcoran.