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Roderick Alan Rankin

7 July, 196121 March, 2021

Roderick “Rod” Rankin, 59, from Morganton, North Carolina entered into eternal rest Sunday, March 21, 2021, in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was born to Mildred Avery Rankin and Howard Wilson Rankin on July 7, 1961.

Roderick grew up surrounded by his siblings and wonderful cousins who were his first friends. He graduated from Freedom High School and attended North Carolina A&T.

Roderick began his lifetime career working for the State at Broughton Hospital in 1982. He continued his career at the North Carolina Department of Corrections beginning at the Western Youth Institution. He was promoted from Correction Officer to Sergeant in 1994 and transferred to Foothills Correctional Institute. He was well thought of by his colleagues and mentored many young men throughout his career. He retired in 2003 after incurring a back injury.

Everyone who knew Rod, knew he loved his family, his loving wife and devoted son. He also loved sports, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers (football), Atlanta Braves (baseball), and Los Angeles Clippers (basketball). He had a love for music that just reached into his soul and touched yours. You would hear his beautiful baritone voice just start singing either one of his favorite quartet groups or his 60’s and 70’s Classic R&B.

Rod is survived by his adoring wife, Minister Elizabeth “Lisa” Rankin, devoted son, Donovan Rankin, loving mother Mildred Rankin and his sister Rita Rankin. Rod blessed and nurtured as his own Kimberly Corpening, Jamesha Corpening, Octavia Hill, Jamaal Ferguson, Donzale Hood, Brandee Diaz (Angel Diaz), Gina Martinez, Ravin Stamper-Martinez and Joshua Stamper-Martinez. Rod leaves to cherish his nieces Gretchen Wallace, Allyson Wallace and Ileah Wallace, who he was a devoted and beloved uncle. Rod leaves to mourn his passing his loving cousins, godchildren, church family and friends. He blessed everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.

The family will receive friends Friday, April 02, 2021 7-8:30 p.m. at Kirksey Funeral Home

A private funeral service will be held.

Services for Roderick Alan Rankin will be live streamed on Kirksey Funeral Home and Cremation Service Facebook page.

The Rankin family has entrusted to Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Receiving of Family and Friends

    Friday, 2 April , 2021

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment

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Deborah Rankin

23 April 2021

A man that I shared 25 years with.. of our union birth our son Donovan Christopher Rankin. Rod's ❤ beat. Rod nutured my children as his own always. He will be and is missed. But God knew the beginning and HE knows the ending too. 🙏my heart is saddened but the heavenly angels are rejoicing as I believe his heart was right with God.

Augusta Wallace

3 April 2021

I just want to give my condolences to his family. I remember Sundays when he would attend services at St. Luke. God bless you all who is left to mourn him. So sorry.

Meta Fletcher

3 April 2021

Sending prayers of comfort, care and strength to Minister Lisa Rankin, Aunt Mildred Rankin, Rita Rankin and their families. Rod was my cousin and a great friend. We will miss you. Rest well.

Annette Houston

3 April 2021

To my sister in Christ Debroah Rankin,Donovan Rankin, brothers , sisters, aunts, uncles, Ron mother Mrs. Rankin and his sister I sent my condolences to the family. My God keep you all put you under the Shadow of his wings, protect you all. Surround you with love. To give you the peace in your heart. You all we be in my thoughts and prayers. Where as when I saw my sister in Christ Debroah Rankin I would see Ron right there beside her. In the church of our Lord and Saviors Jesus Christ. Keep looking up family no matter what.

Annette Houston

3 April 2021

Greater Holy Temple like to sent Debroah Rankin, Donovan Rankin , is mother , his brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles, and cousins our deepest Sympathy. Praying that God will surround you by love and faith. We are praying for you.

Susan Ottley Preddie

1 April 2021

I didn’t know you very well Rod. However, I did know you were a beautiful person through the eyes of my Sister Lisa. Thank you for bringing joy and peace into her world. Thank you for putting the biggest smile on her face. You are in Heaven now, watching over her and all of your other family members. Rest In Peace!

SHIRLEY KINCAID

1 April 2021

May God bless the family and bring peace to all. With love. Shirley Kincaid and family.

Ava Ottley

31 March 2021

Rest in sleep. Thank you for bringing my twin sister such joy. Thank you for making my sister Elizabeth Rankin the happiest she has ever been. Elizabeth we will make it thru this together.

Carvenia (Venia) Corpening

31 March 2021

To Donovon, Rita, and Mrs Mildred I send my deepest most heartfelt condolences. May God continue to bless and provide you all with comfort and peace during this time. Rod held a very special place in all our hearts and he will truly be missed. Love Always❤

Mrs. Staton

31 March 2021

I am at a loss of words at the passing of my Dear Friend's Beloved Rod. May He Rest in Peace and Rejoice with the Angels. On Behalf of My Husband and I, we send our Heart-Felt Condolences. Much Love to the Family.

FROM THE FAMILY