Obituary: William Rankin

William "Bill" Rankin, 89, of Conway, Ark., died Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010.

He was born Nov. 27, 1920, in Checotah, Okla. He was a retired carpenter and Army veteran.

During WWII, he served his country bravely with the 82nd Airborne Division in Sicily and Operation Market Garden in the Netherlands for which he received a Purple Heart.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma Florence Rankin of Conway; two daughters, Lori Rankin of Kingman and Linda Hathcote of Conway; one sister, Ruth Allison of Malibu, Calif.; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He and Wilma enjoyed many years together in Kingman and Baytown, Texas, before retiring to Conway.

Arrangements by Griffin Leggett Funeral Home, 1751 Dave Ward Drive, Conway, AR 72034; (501) 327-5000.

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