Vella Elizabeth (McFatter) Rankin

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Vella Elizabeth McFatter Rankin, age 96, of Bristol, passed away Monday, May 6, 2013. When her husband Cloyce was elected sheriff of Liberty County, Vella helped him as jailer, matron, secretary, bookkeeper, civil clerk, and radio dispatcher. She was also a homemaker and a member of Lake Mystic Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Link Cloyce Rankin; parents, Leslie L. McFatter and Sallie Owens McFatter Weaver; her sisters, Lucy Stopczy, Eloise Blue, and Opal Weaver and brothers, Louie Weaver and Percey Weaver.
Survivors include two sons, Cloyce Rankin and wife Judy of Bristol and Mike Rankin of Rock Bluff Community; two daughters, Gabra Barber and her husband Dexter of Bristol and Sandra Coxwell also of Bristol; 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; a brother, Harry Weaver and wife Jackie of Live Oak, and sisters-in-law, Ada Rankin Revell and Lavern Bailey Rankin, both of Bristol and Gertrude Weaver of Vernon.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m., Thursday, May 9, 2013 at Lake Mystic Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Chumley officiating. Interment followed in Lake Mystic Cemetery. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at Adams Funeral Home in Blountstown. Adams Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Phone 674-5449. Online condolences may be made at
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Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on May 15, 2013