Tifton Gazette


October 22, 2012

Florence Ridgdill Rankin

TIFTON — Florence Ridgdill Rankin, 55, of Tifton died Sunday, Oct. 21 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta of complications from pneumonia. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church with Father David Rose officiating. A private interment will follow. Past and present employees of The Tifton Gazette will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the time of services Saturday at St. Anne’s parish hall.

Born Jan. 25, 1957 in Tifton, Mrs. Rankin was the daughter of John Charles Ridgdill and Colleen Wheeler Ridgdill, both deceased. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brother, the Rev. Thomas L. McCall.

Mrs. Rankin was educated in the Tifton public schools and attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Valdosta State University. She and her husband, Shine Fleetwood Rankin, were married Jan. 20, 1974 at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church.

Mrs. Rankin was editor of The Tifton Gazette and was the winner of numerous Georgia Press Association awards. She was a member of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, where she had served on the Vestry and was a member of the Altar Guild. She had served on the boards of the United Way of Tift County and the local chapter of the American Red Cross, and she was a member of the Tift County Rotary Club.

Mrs. Rankin is survived by her husband of 38 years, Shine Fleetwood Rankin; a daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth Rankin Milner and Jason Bradley Milner of Columbia, Md.; four sons and a daughter-in-law, Shine Fleetwood Rankin Jr. of Tifton, John Stewart Rankin and Heather Holtz Rankin of Solvay, N.Y., Drew Gregory Rankin of Morris, Minn. and Homer Meade Rankin IV of Tifton; a brother, William “Andy” McCall of Tifton; and five grandchildren, John Bradley “Jack” Milner, Henry Tift Milner, Cayden Bailey Rankin, Maddie Grace Rankin and Noah Grayson Rankin.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Easter Seals of Tift County, 1402 Tift Ave. N., Tifton, GA 31794 or to St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 889, Tifton, GA 31793.

Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.


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