Tommy Rankin, prominent farm advocate, dies

obituaries for Sept. 3

September 03, 2004

Thomas L. Rankin

Thomas Lee "Tommy" Rankin, 84, of Perryville Road, died Thursday at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.

Born Nov. 15, 1919, in Danville, he was the son of the late Jonathan D. and Mary E. Hall Rankin. He was a farmer and owner of Farmers Tobacco Warehouse in Danville. He was a 50-year director of Burley Marketing Association, and a member of USDA Thirty-Nine Man Advisory Committee and Central Kentucky Angus Association. He 25-year director for Citizens National Bank and Bank One and a director of Boyle County Stockyards. He also was a member of Lexington Avenue Baptist Church and Anglers Sunday School class. He was a Kentucky Colonel and had served as a Boyle County magistrate. He was the widower of Josephine Cotton Rankin.

Survivors include a son, Jerry Rankin of Danville; two brothers, Paul Rankin of Boyle County and Joe Rankin of Lexington; a sister, Mary Ann McCormack of Flemingsburg; a companion, Virginia May of Danville; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Billy Rankin.


Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Lexington Avenue Baptist Church. Burial will be Bellevue Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Saturday at Stith Funeral Home.

Memorials may go to Lexington Avenue Baptist Church building fund.

Christine P. Johnson

Christine P. Johnson, 87, formerly of South Second Street, died Thursday at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. She was the widow of Lawrence Johnson.

Survivors include two daughters, Sheila Orberson and Beverly Jordan, both of Danville; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are incomplete at Preston-Pruitt Funeral Home.

Clyde Hendricks

LIBERTY - Clyde Hendricks, 64, of Cincinnati, died Thursday at Norwood Retirement Center. He was the husband of Mildred Haste Hendricks. Arrangements are incomplete at Bartle Funeral Home.

Larry M. Wade

STANFORD - Larry Melvin Wade, 57, of Kings Mountain, died Thursday at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.

Born Feb. 24, 1947, in McKinney, he was the son of the late Carvan M. and Beatrice Sears Wade. He was a logger.

Survivors include his companion, Amanda Sizemore of Kings Mountain; a son, Kevin Wade of Waynesburg; a daughter, Lisa Wade of Indianapolis; five sisters, Geneva Martin of Camby, Ind., Betty Short of McKinney, Peggy Flanery of McKinney, Carolyn Yocum of Geneva and Donna Allen of Stanford; and a granddaughter.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Geneva Community Church by the Rev. Mike Yocum and Ed Carman. Burial will be in McKinney Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Justin Young, Tony Short, Tom Flanery, Scott Sizemore, George Sizemore and Steve Allen.

Visitation is after 5 p.m. today at the church.

Memorials may go to American Cancer Society. Spurlin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


O.T. Baker

HARRODSBURG - Services for O.T. Baker, 79, of Bohon Road, will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home by the Rev. Robert DeFoor and J.W. Knight. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.

He died Wednesday at his home.

Born Jan. 1, 1925, in Washington County, he was the son of the late Raymond and Dorcas Ross Baker. He was a retired truck driver and farmer and was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Harrodsburg Baptist Church and Faith, Hope, and Love Sunday School class. He was a member of Lonesome Buckaroos.

Survivors include wife, Loretta Lester Baker; four daughters, Phyllis Long, Dianne Hayden, Debbie Knight and Kelli Morgan, all of Harrodsburg; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers are members of the Faith, Hope, and Love Sunday School class.

Visitation is 5-9 p.m. Friday and after 7 a.m. Saturday.

Betty D. Camel

LANCASTER - Graveside services for Betty D. Camel, formerly of Lancaster, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Lancaster Cemetery by the Rev. David Young.

She died Thursday in Knoxville.

Born June 21, 1931, in High Point, N.C., she was the daughter of the late James E. and Winnie L. Walker Branham.

Survivors include a son, James E. Camel of Lexington; two daughters, Linda M. Conner of Lancaster and Vickie S. Winchester of Knoxville, Tenn.; a brother, Larry Gaunt of Florida; two sisters, June Baxter of Florida and Agnes L. Neice of Atlanta, Fla.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Ramsey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ruby Hatter

LIBERTY - Services for Ruby Hatter, 91, of Yosemite, is 2 p.m. today at Mount Olive Christian Church by the Rev. Greg Powell. Burial will be in Salyers Cemetery.

She died Tuesday at Charleston Health Care Center.

Born Oct. 1, 1912, in Yosemite, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Lori Estes Durham. She had been a cook at Garrett Elementary School, and was a member of Mount Olive Christian Church and the widow of Delbert A. Hatter.

Survivors include two daughters, June Ross of Cincinnati and Carolyn Hatter Yaden of Stanford; two sons, Shannon Hatter of Waynesburg and Larry Hatter of Yosemite; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

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