William “Super” Rankin II died peacefully at his Kentucky Lake lakeside home at Birdsong near Camden in Benton County on Sunday afternoon Feb. 20, 2011 at 2 p.m. following a battle with cancer. He was 57.
Services were conducted on Friday, Feb. 25 at the Plunk Funeral Home in Camden. Brother Danny Sellers officiated and burial followed in the Eastview Cemetery. Born October 7, 1953 in Carthage, he was the son of former Carthage Mayor and Carthage Cleaners owner William Rankin Sr. and Minnie Frances Stone Rankin. Super was a member of the Boilermakers International Local #455.
Surviving is his wife Terry Kasson Rankin of Camden; son William E. “Trey” Rankin III of Nashville; step-daughters Amber Mines and Chandra Mines both of Camden; step-son Michael Mines Sr. of Camden; sisters Janice Rankin (Dr. Newt) Lovvorn of Nashville, Rita Rankin Thrower of Pickwick Landing, Micca Rankin (Sam) Maggi of Knoxville; five grandchildren.
The family and a few friends of Super are asking that you join them in a "celebration of life" event Friday, March 4 from 7 - 11 p.m. at Lebanon's James E. Ward Ag Center / Wilson County Fairgrounds in the East Building.
Please drop by for an evening of reminiscing about the life and times of Super Rankin. If you would like more information or would like to help in some way, please contact Jeff or Lisa Lasater on FACEBOOK at “Super Rankin Celebration of Life”, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 615-449-7620.
Obituary information provided by Sanderson Funeral Home of Carthage.
From Post staff reports
LEBANON -- Wilson County Civic League, Inc. will hold its 26th annual Fellowship Dinner 6 p.m., Saturday, April 2, at Cumberland University's Baird Chapel.
The theme of the event is “Strengthening Family Ties.” Guest speaker will be Dr. Raquel Hatter, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Human Services.
Wilson County Civic League is a non-profit organization and was established in 1984 and chartered in 1986 to improve social conditions in the community. The organization’s primary focus is on the youth of the community and addresses problems such as drug abuse, teen pregnancy, violence and AIDS through recreation, education, seminars, workshops and regular tutoring programs.
From Post staff reports
GALLATIN -- Rising to the occasion with a tremendous defensive effort, Wilson Central eliminated arch-rival Mt. Juliet 47-37 Monday in the semifinals of the Region 5AAA tournament.
The victory assured the Lady Wildcats (25-4) of at least two more games, tonight’s region finals and a TSSAA sectional game on Saturday.
No. 2-ranked Mt. Juliet had defeated Central twice during the regular season -- but the third time proved to be the charm for Coach Bud Brandon’s crew.
Brandon pointed to the play of post player Ieshia Hassell as a key to the win.
“She’s our only senior, and seniors don’t want to go down,” Brandon said. “She took it to another level. She said, ‘Coach, just give me the ball, give me the ball.’ She really showed her leadership.”
Hassell and Taylor Peterson led the Lady Wildcats with 15 points apiece while Sydney Vanlandingham chipped in with nine.
Perhaps another key to the victory was keeping a lid on Mt. Juliet’s Miss Basketball finalist Caya Williams who was held to just 12 points -- way below her average.
Barianne Taylor led Mt. Juliet with 14 points. No other Lady Bear broke into double figures.
Central led 21-15 at intermission, and saw Mt. Juliet claw to within 31-26 after three. Wilson Central outscored their rivals 16-11 in the final period to ice the win.
BASEBALL PLAYER, PITCHER OF THE WEEK
LEBANON -- Cumberland University’s Mike Mandarino and Aaron Wilkerson were named TranSouth Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, as announced by the conference office Tuesday.
Mandarino was 6-for-12 in five games this past weekend with three doubles, one home run and two RBIs. He collected a hit in four of the five contests, including a 3-for-3 effort with a single, double and solo homer in the weekend finale against Indiana Tech.
The Passapeque, N.Y., native also drove in a run with a double in a victory over Indiana Tech. For the season Mandarino is batting .419 overall with six doubles, three homers and 10 RBIs in 12 outings.
Wilkerson tossed seven shutout innings against No. 24 Brewton-Parker to pick up his second victory of the season, giving up just an infield single with two walks and four strikeouts. The righthander retired 10 of the first 11 batters of the game, working around an error. After a pair of walks in the fourth, he set down 11 of the final 12 batters he faced.
The Waco, Texas, native is now 2-0 on the season with wins over BPC and 12th-ranked Belhaven University. He has a 1.29 ERA and 11 strikeouts while giving up just five hits in 14.0 innings of work. It is the second TSAC Pitcher of the Week honor for Wilkerson in his career.
The Bulldogs begin conference play this weekend at Freed-Hardeman with a single game Friday at 4 p.m. and a doubleheader Saturday at Noon.
The games will be the first broadcast on the radio this season -- WCOR AM-900 on Friday and WANT FM-98.9 on Saturday. It also marks the beginning of a seven-game road trip for Cumberland that includes contests at Texas Wesleyan, Northwood University and LSU-Shreveport.