Bonnie “Bunky” Brown Ashe Rancke, 84, passed away Monday, October 6, 2014 at Wesley Pines Nursing Home of Lumberton. She was born on December 9, 1929 in Robeson County. She was an avid sports fan her entire life. Her father taught her to play many sports, but she excelled in basketball and golf. Upon graduating from Women’s College (UNC-G), she taught school in Winston-Salem and Lumberton for several years. She worked with Interstate Tobacco Company as well as Star Warehouse. A lifelong fan of the Lumberton Pirates, she traveled near and far with a car packed with students to cheer for the hometown team. Anyone who knew Bunky, knew her favorite sports team was the UNC Tar Heels and she could talk sports with the best. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lumberton and spent her early years working with the youth of the church.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, Perry and Bonnie Ashe, her husband, John Rancke, her daughter-in-law, Pam Rancke, and her grandson, Max Stephens.
She is survived by two sons, John Rancke, Jr., of Lumberton, and Earle Bowman, of Winston-Salem, two daughters, Margaret Stephens and husband, Bobby, of Lumberton, and Nancy King and husband, Wayne, of Garner, her grandchildren, Warren Stephens, Brian King and wife, Emily, Blake King, and Lindsay Chadwick and husband, JB, one great-granddaughter, Ayden Chadwick, and a great-grandson, yet to be named King, and special friends, Kat Barnes and Gwen Morgan.
Visitation will take place on Thursday, October 9, 2014, from 6:30-8:30 PM at Floyd Mortuary & Crematory, Inc.
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A funeral service will be held on Friday, October 10, 2014, at 2:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church of Lumberton. Burial will follow at Meadowbrook Cemetery.
The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation for the love, support, and care given to our mother and her family by the staff of Wesley Pines and Community Home Care and Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes contributions be made to the Robesonian Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 1028, Lumberton, NC 28359 or to the charity of one’s choosing.
Online condolences may be made by visiting: www.floyd mortuary.net