Taft Anthony “Tony” Rankin

Westminster – Taft Anthony “Tony” Rankin, 57, husband of Betty Jo Carol Spurlock Rankin, passed away on Sunday, October 10th, 2021 at Prisma Health – Oconee Memorial Hospital.


Tony was born in Oconee County, South Carolina, and was the son of the late William Taft “Pete” Rankin, Jr. and Lela Doris Smith of Westminster.  Tony was a Master Mechanic and was a former Shop Foreman with Oconee County Vehicle Maintenance.  Tony was of the Church of God Faith and he enjoyed fishing, racing, yardwork, grilling and working with his hands.  Tony’s greatest joy was spending time with his family.


In addition to his mother and his loving wife of thirty years, Tony is survived by sons, Justin Rankin (Jennifer) of Westminster and Jamie Rankin (Valerie) of Travelers Rest; brothers, Keith, Terry, Brandon, and Steve Rankin of Walhalla; sister, Bridgette Rankin Watson of Charleston; grandsons, Hunter and Colton Rankin.


Tony is preceded in death by his father; brother, Chris Rankin; grandmother, Ollie Mae Smith; brother & sister-in-law, Eddie & Kim Spurlock; nephew, Gary Spurlock; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Frances and Harold Spurlock; grandchild, Hayden Lee Rankin.


A graveside service will be held Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 11:00 am at First Baptist Memorial Park.  Visitation will be held from 9:00 am to 10:30 am prior to the service, at Sandifer Funeral Home.


The family is at their respective homes.  In lieu of flowers, memorials in Tony’s memory may be made in C/O Sandifer Funeral Home, PO Box 69, Westminster, SC 29693. A message of condolence may be written to the family by visiting www.sandiferfuneralhome.com.