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Ralph Dwight "Sonny" Rankin, Jr
Birth: Mar. 22, 1932
Gravette
Benton County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Nov. 15, 2011
Rogers
Benton County
Arkansas, USA

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Ralph "Sonny" Dwight Rankin Jr. of Rogers, Arkansas went to be with the Lord Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers.

He was born March 22, 1932 in Gravette, Arkansas the son of Ralph Dwight Rankin, Sr. and Effie Mae Harper.

He graduated from Gravette High School.

As a young man, he served in the U.S. Army as a Tech Sergeant. He received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for Valor for heroic service in the Korean War. The Bronze Star was awarded for his actions in holding the enemy at bay for two hours with a machine gun.

Following his military service Ralph lived in Kansas and worked as a truck driver.

In 1966, he returned to Northwest Arkansas to work as a Maintenance Tech at Emerson Electric, RTW and then Kennametal.

Ralph's hobbies included gardening, bowling, fishing, traveling and spending time at his favorite hangout, Waffle Hut.

He was active in the Rogers Post of the American Legionand was was a member of Rogers First Church of the Nazarene, where he served as a greeter and a member of the Men's Prayer Breakfast.

Ralph was a very patriotic and happy man. He loved God, his family and was a friend to all. He loved people and was greatly loved.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Christi Robinson and sister, Deloris Craig.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Janice Rankin of the home; sons, Bill and Billy Rankin of Bentonville, Eric and Shawn Rankin of Bentonville, David and Darla Robinson of Decatur, Tyler Rankin of Rogers; daughters, Tammy Cruz of Topeka, KS and Lisa Robinson of Fayetteville; sisters, Emilie Cruz and Pat L'Allier; brothers, Guy Rankin, Jim Rankin, Clifford Roark and Fred Herman; grandchildren, Daniel Jeffries, Tanner Rankin, TaShawna Rankin, Taren Rankin, Derek Robinson, Ethan Robinson, Lauren Kale Rankin, Parker Rankin and Bryson Rankin; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Friday, November 18, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 19 at 1:00 pm at Rogers First Church of the Nazarene. Burial will be in the Bethel Cemetery near Gravette, AR. Military honors will be conducted.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to: Life Styles in Fayetteville; Rogers Post American Legion or Rogers First Church of the Nazarene.

Arrangements under the direction of Rollins Funeral Home, Rogers, AR.

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This is Ralph and Janice's song...

Could I Have This Dance

I'll always remember the song they were playing,
The first time we danced and I knew.
As we swayed to the music and held to each other,
I fell in love with you.

Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?
Would you be my partner, every night?
When we're together it feels so right,
Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?

I'll always remember that magic moment,
When I held you close to me.
As we moved together, I knew, forever,
You're all I'll ever need.

Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?
Would you be my partner, every night?
When we're together it feels so right,
Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?

Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?
Would you be my partner, every night?
When we're together it feels so right,
Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?

~ Anne Murray

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Don't Cry for me...

If you could only see where I'm at now, you wouldn't cry for me. All of Heavens Angels met me when I arrived and I was met by Jesus with a loving embrace. I walked side by side with old friends and family alike. Don't cry for me because here there is no trace of sickness or sadness only His loving Grace. The beauty is beyond words and nothing I could say would compare. Don't cry for me because I am in a far better place, with streets of gold just like we were told. So please remember don't cry for me but rather rejoice for I can hear angels sing. Oh, how much peace their voices bring.

by John G. Ward & Matthew E


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✿ڿڰۣღ When they walk through the valley of weeping it will become a place of springs where pools of blessing and refreshment collect after rains... Psalms 84:6 ღ̃̃ڿڰۣ✿

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TREASURED SEASONS

For everything there is an appointed season.
And a time for everything under heaven.
A time for sharing.
A time for caring.
A time for loving.
A time for giving.
A time for remembering.
A time for parting.
You have made everything beautiful in its time
For everything you do remains forever.

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The Little Ship ♥.**.. I stood watching as the little ship sailed out to sea. The setting sun tinted his white sails with a golden light, and as he disappeared from sight a voice at my side whispered, "He is gone". But the sea was a narrow one. On the farther shore a little band of friends had gathered to watch and wait in happy expectation. Suddenly they caught sight of the tiny sail and at the very moment when my companion had whispered, "He is gone" a glad shout went up in joyous welcome, "Here he comes!" .**.♥

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,,oooO,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Many People Will Walk
,,,(,,,,),,,,,Oooo,,,,,In and Out Of Your Life,
,,,,,,(,,,,,,,(,,,,),,,,, But Only True Friends,
,,,,,\_),,,,,,,),,/,,,,,, Leave Footprints In UR ♥
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,(_/,,,,,,,, and Memories That You Will Hold Locked Inside Forever..♥




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I worked with Ralph at RTW in Rogers, AR. for a few years. My memories of him are of his smiling face and wonderful sense of humor. I never saw him that he wasn't smiling and having a good time. He was so full of life and living. He loved to pick on people and just have fun... never a dull moment when he was around.
You'd see him coming down the aisle in his overalls and flannel shirt and you knew he'd be ready for a laugh or two.
Ralph, you will be missed dear man... love and hugs xOx


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The Dance
~by Garth Brooks

Looking back on the memory of
The dance we shared 'neath the stars alone
For a moment all the world was right
How could I have known
that you'd ever say goodbye

And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end
the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance
I could have missed the pain
But I'd of had to miss the dance

Holding you I held everything
For a moment wasn't I a king
But if I'd only known
how the king would fall
Hey who's to say you know
I might have chanced it all

And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end
the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance
I could have missed the pain
But I'd of had to miss the dance

Yes my life is better left to chance
I could have missed the pain
but I'd of had to miss the dance



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~ Taps ~

Day is done,
gone the sun,
From the hills,
from the lake,
From the sky.
All is well,
safely rest,
God is nigh.

Fades the light;
And afar
Goeth day,
And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well;
Day has gone,
Night is on.

Thanks and praise,
For our days,
'Neath the sun,
Neath the stars,
'Neath the sky,
As we go,
This we know,
God is nigh.

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Burial:
Bethel Cemetery
Gravette
Benton County
Arkansas, USA
 
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Record added: Nov 16, 2011
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