Louise Klugh Rankin (ANDERSON, S.C.)

ANDERSON, S.C. - Mrs. Elizabeth Louise Klugh Rankin, 93, wife of the late Walter Eugene Rankin, Jr., died June 25, 2009, in Anderson, SC. Born in Anderson on March 23, 1916, Mrs. Rankin was the daughter of the late Arthur Millwee Klugh and Harriet Lyon Klugh. She was a graduate of Winthrop College in Rock Hill, SC and earned a Masters degree from Clemson University. She enjoyed participating in the Senior Assembly and Club 24 women's organizations, and was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Anderson. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Arthur Millwee Klugh, Jr. of Anderson, and her sister, Harriet Klugh Gamble of Manning, SC. She is survived by three daughters, Betty Rogers and her husband, Dr. James T. Rogers, Jr. of Bradenton, FL, Patsy Jopling and her husband, Dr. John P. Jopling, Jr. of Augusta, GA, Genie Sherard and her husband, H. Reid Sherard of Ann Arbor, MI; two sisters-in-law, Gloria Gaines Klugh and Martha Palmer Rankin, both of Anderson; five grandchildren, Tracy Rogers Roe and her husband Corey of Bradenton, FL, Scott Rogers and his wife, Maren of Bradenton, FL, Patrick Jopling and his wife, Becca of Greenville, SC, Lollie Jopling Hagen and her husband, Barret of Greensboro, NC, and Reid Sherard, Jr. of Ann Arbor, MI; and eight great-grandchildren. Mrs. Rankin was a teacher in the Anderson school district for 33 years. Her love of education was evident early in her life when, at the age of 13, she became the 1929 SC State Spelling Champion. Awards during her teaching career included the 1970 District 5 Teacher of the Year, the 1980-81 Outstanding Teacher Award by the SC Merchants Association, and the 1981 SC Marketing and Distributive Education Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Rankin loved books, history, travel, and most of all, her family and friends. She was a devoted and loving wife and mother, whose hallmarks of selflessness and grace, kindness and sense of fun, optimism and intelligence, added joy to the world around her. Following a private family committal service in Old Silver Brook Cemetery, a Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 27th, at the First Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends at the Church immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to the First Presbyterian Church, 302 W. Whitner Street, Anderson SC 29621; Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson SC 29624; or the charity of your choice. The McDougald Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle-June 26, 2009