The Warrenton hardware store opened 1965; three others would follow — in Winchester, Colonial Beach and King George.
Kent Rankin, Mike Kniceley and Glenn Rankin, all related, keep things running smoothly at Rankin's True Value Hardware in Warrenton Village Shopping Center.
Shelves of flowers and garden plants run almost the full length of the hardware storefront.
“He was like a brother to me. I really miss him,” Mr. Rankin says of the late Roland Tapscott (right), at a Veterans Day prayer breakfast last November.
He’s a fellow who’s been very successful in business, but is very modest. He believes he has received so much so he can help others.
— Pastor Tim Monn of the Midland Church of the Brethren
The Rankin File
James A. Rankin, son of Clay P. and Naomi Smith Rankin of Midland, married to Shirley Payne Rankin for 60 years. Four children, J. Alvin Rankin Jr., Glenn Rankin, Beverley Alspaugh and Alice Knicley. Eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Rankin’s Furniture, Waterloo Station Shopping Center, Warrenton. James A. Rankin, owner. Second cousin Ann Jenkins “pays the bills” for furniture and hardware stores in Warrenton. Granddaughter Jessica Bradshaw, sales associate. Daughter Alice Knicely, part-time sales associate.
Rankin’s True Value Hardware, Warrenton Village Shopping Center. Glenn Rankin, general manager. Kent Rankin, nephew, manager. Mike Kniceley, son-in-law, manager of sporting goods.
Rankin’s True Value Hardware, King George. J. Alvin Rankin Jr., general manager.
Rankin’s True Value Hardware, Rankin’s Appliance and Furniture and Peddlers Market, all in Colonial Beach Shopping Center. Managed by Lloyd and Beverly Alspaugh.
Rankin’s Hardware in Winchester was sold in 1990. Rankin’s Sporting Goods site at Waterloo Station was taken over by furniture store in 1992. Hardware store absorbed sporting goods sales.
James Alvin Rankin, U.S. Army paratrooper, 1951-54. Fought in Korea for two years, earning two Bronze Stars, plus several more service medals and badges.
His father, Clay Preston Rankin of Midland served in U.S. Army infantry during World War I, earning the Silver Star and Italian War Cross.
A grandson, Todd Alspaugh, U.S. Army paratrooper with 82nd Airborne, stationed in Hawaii. Has served one tour in South Korea and three in Afghanistan.
Life member and past commander American Legion Post 72 in Warrenton. Life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1178, a life member of 187th Airborne Association of the U.S. Army, charter member and donor of the Veterans Memorial on Hospital Hill in Warrenton and a member of the Fauquier County Armory Board.
Midland Church of the Brethren, lifelong member. Board of directors. Fourth-general member in father’s family; fifth generation in mother’s family. Son Alvin also a member.
Civic and business organizations
Warrenton Rotary Club member for 41 years. Recipient of the Paul Harris Award from Rotary International. Member of Fauquier Chamber of Commerce, founding member of the Warrenton/Culpeper Elks, past member of Warrenton-Fauquier Jaycees and past member of State Bank of Remington board of directors.
Fauquier County Board of Supervisors, Center District elected representative, 1984-91. Appointed in 1997 to fill one-year unexpired term of James Brumfield, who died suddenly.
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Tell It Like It Is · July 3, 2014 at 12:56 pm
Good job Jimmy!
Folks don't just buy local though. Buy from and support locally owned and operated businesses. Like the fine job that Rankin's done there are several other long standing locally owned and operated businesses that have stood the test of time and continue to offer great customer service and exceptional consumer value.
Again kudo's to Jimmy Rankin and the fine community man he is!