Ezra James Rankin

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Ezra James Rankin (Jim) of Carthage, passed away on Monday, January 8, 2024, at St Joseph of the Pines in Southern Pines.

He was born March 9, 1931 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He was preceded in death by his twin brother Clifford C. Rankin. 

He served in the United States Air Force for 21 years. He attended the University of Alabama and graduated from Louisiana Tech. He earned his masters from Appalachian State University.

He spent most of his civilian life working in Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Programs. He was Area Director of Mental Health for Cleveland County for 15 years. Additionally, he served  as President of the North Carolina Mental Health Centers Association for 2 years. Jim was an avid reader and loved golf. He carded five holes-in-one in his golfing career. 

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Judy; a son Michael Rankin (Paige) of Greensboro; a daughter, Patti Dormer (Jim) of Wilton, Ct; four grandchildren, Katherine, Meredith, Matthew and Lydia. He leaves behind his fur babies, Riley and Molly. 

A visitation will be held Saturday, January 13, 2024 11 am until 12 noon, at Kennedy Funeral Home, Robbins NC. Following visitation a graveside service will be held at 2 pm at Mt Carmel Church, 3925 Old Carthage Road, Carthage, NC.

Memorials may be made to Mt Carmel Church, Alzheimer’s research or St Jude’s Children’s Hospital. 

Condolences on line at pinesfunerals.com


Graveside Service: January 13, 2024 2:00 pm

Mount Carmel Church
3925 Old Carthage Road
Carthage, NC 28327

Visitation: January 13, 2024 11:00 am

Kennedy Funeral Home
241 N Middleton Street
Robbins, NC 27325


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  1. Judy, words cannot express how deeply sorry we are for your loss. The love and memories that you two shared will continue in your heart. Many prayers for you and the rest of your family.

  2. Judy,
    So sorry to hear of Jim’s. Always enjoyed playing with him, and we know how much he enjoyed golf. Very impressed with his background and didn’t realized he worked in the field of mental health. Thinking of you and may the wonderful memories that you have help you through the difficult times ahead. Hugs!
    Anita and Larry Clapp

  3. Judy, I am very saddened about your loss. I always thought alot of Jim! With him being the father of my best friend,Mike. I have good memories of Jim and how nice he was to me! Prayers and thoughts be with you and the family!Stan and Janet Mauney

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