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Alvin Leroy Rankin

October 8, 1939 June 18, 2019
Alvin Leroy Rankin
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Obituary for Alvin Leroy Rankin

Alvin Leroy Rankin, 79, of Grottoes passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at his home.

He was born in Rockingham County on October 8, 1939, a son of the late Myrtle Virginia (Raynes) Rankin Murray and James Edward Rankin, Sr.

Alvin was a master carpenter. He loved NASCAR (Ford's) and his dogs, Abby and Sissy, and was the best joke teller ever.

He was preceded in death by his two wives, Eva May Foley and Mary Emmaline Rankin.

Alvin loved his family and was loved by his four daughters, Judy Lynn Podgornik, of Grottoes, Janice Leigh Eppard and husband Tony, of Elkton, Jewel Laverne Rankin, of Port Republic, and Joanne Louise Oscar, of Port Republic; a step daughter, Patricia Whitting and husband Kenny; two sisters, Kathleen Morris and husband Junior, of Port Republic and Lavonne McDonaldson, of Grottoes; a brother, Prentice Melvin "Bunk" Rankin, of Elkton. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Heather Pyles (J.D.), Melissa Shipe (Trevor), Samantha Gooden (Greg), Tucker Hobbie (Lindsay), Kayla Delardi, Julia Podgornik, and Olivia Podgornik; six great grandchildren, Mason St. Clair, Avery Shipe, Slade Pyles, Easton Gooden, Hartly Shipe, and Branson Gooden.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, James Edward Rankin, Jr., and Dallas Rankin and three sisters, Charleen Shifflett, Anna Mae Lam, Geneva McDonaldson.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the Johnson Funeral Service Chapel in Grottoes with Pastor Greg Stenson officiating.  Burial will follow at Port Republic Mutual Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, June 21, 2019 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Sentara RMH Hahn Cancer Center, 2008 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 or Dogs Deserve Better Blue Ridge, PO Box 7961, Charlottesville, VA 22901.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfs.com.


***The service location has been moved to Johnson Funeral Service Chapel in Grottoes.***


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visitation

Friday

21

Jun

6:00 PM 6/21/2019 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 6/21/2019 8:00:00 PM
Johnson Funeral Service - Grottoes Location

201 Dogwood Avenue
Grottoes, VA 24441

Johnson Funeral Service - Grottoes Location
201 Dogwood Avenue Grottoes 24441 VA
United States

funeral service

Saturday

22

Jun

11:00 AM 6/22/2019 11:00:00 AM
Johnson Funeral Service - Grottoes Location

201 Dogwood Avenue
Grottoes, VA 24441

Johnson Funeral Service - Grottoes Location
201 Dogwood Avenue Grottoes 24441 VA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Port Republic Mutual Cemetery Final Resting Place

Memorial Contribution

Dogs Deserve Better Blue Ridge

PO Box 7961
Charlottesville, VA 22901

Sentara RMH Hahn Cancer Center

2008 Health Campus Drive
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
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