Visitation for Chick Rankin, of Knoxville, was held on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the Bybee & Davis Funeral Home.
William Dwayne “Chick” Rankin was born Feb. 15, 1932, in Knoxville, the son of Lloyd and Maude (Carter) Rankin.
Chick graduated from Knoxville High School with the Class of 1951. Following graduation, he worked for Gambles and then for Western Electric. On Sept. 8, 1963, he was united in marriage to Linda Van Hemert. Chick and Linda started a family and purchased the Coast to Coast Hardware Store. They eventually sold out of the hardware business and founded Rankin Furniture, which they operated until the mid-1990s. Chick continued to work managing Rankin Properties and building and remodeling homes. He didn’t retire until his health failed, beginning on Nov. 12, 2012.
Besides working, Chick enjoyed flower gardening, coffee breaks and was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan. His greatest joy was visiting with his friends and spending time with his family.
Chick passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at the Knoxville Hospital at the age of 80 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Katheryne; two brothers, Ralph and Kenneth and his grandson, Derrick Rankin.