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Tracy "TJ" Joshua Rankin


Tracy Joshua “TJ” Rankin was born December 5, 1979 to Dallas Ray and Rebecca Anne (Mills) Rankin in Centralia, Illinois. He graduated high school, attended college and was a construction apprentice in the construction business. He was a member of the Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by three grandparents and his father.

TJ passed away on July 7, 2014 at the OU Medical Center, Oklahoma City,  Oklahoma at the age of thirty four.

He is survived by his mother, Becky Rankin of Beaver, Oklahoma; brothers Doug Rankin of Long View, Texas, Billy Rankin, Piedmont, Oklahoma, Zack Rankin, Yukon, Oklahoma; his sister, Angie Thornberry of Okarchie, Oklahoma; grandmother, Ferne Mills of Salem, Illinois and a host of other relatives and friends.  

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My-heart is broken with you but also-rejoicing there-is no-more misery, heartache or whatever was going on in-the-life of T. J.  Becky, I know without-a-doubt as you do with anything you gave it your-best and God also knows that.  Each-of-you must now grieve-as-you must according to your-own heart, not-as-others say is right, wrong or indifferent.  Each-of-you has pathways to travel; there-is-no pathway so choose your-own.  Rest-assured I will be there with hugs, tears, joys, ears or whatever you need.  I did-not-know T. J. personally but have-the-joy of knowing and sharing with Mom, Zach and Paige.  Love all-of-those precious others and let them help you through a time I-can-only imagine.

Jackie R. Sheldon Jul 9 2014 12:00 AM