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WENDY RANKIN CARMICKLE

Wendy Rankin Carmickle (49) was born on January 4, 1972, and passed away on August 29, 2021. She was born in Bristol, Tennessee, to Jim and Alyce Rankin, and grew up in Bristol, Virginia. A 1990 graduate of John Battle High School, she attended Virginia Tech and completed training as a paralegal in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1994. At the time of her death, she was pursuing additional training in paralegal studies through Liberty University online. She lived most of her life in southwestern Virginia (Bristol, Roanoke, Chilhowie, and Marion). Along with Bill and her children, she lived in Bluffton, South Carolina from 2018 until her death.

Wendy was preceded in death by her mother, Alyce Mumpower Rankin, and her grandparents Lena Rush Rankin, George Washington Rankin, Helen Mary Mumpower, and Troy Bolden Mumpower Sr. She is survived by her father, Jim Rankin; her sister Debbie Rankin; her husband, William “Bill” Randolph Carmickle; her children Andrew Christopher Snodgrass (25), Caroline Alena Snodgrass (22), Emma Katheryn Snodgrass (20), and Bentley Reese Carmickle (10); and her stepdaughter Elisbaeth Renei Carmickle (29).

Wendy spent countless hours going the extra mile to make other people’s lives more special. She created scrapbooks to preserve the special moments in her family’s lives. She was successful in numerous home businesses where she brightened birthdays with balloon bouquets; assisted parents in dressing their children in matching outfits; and boosted women’s confidence in their appearance using a fine line of skin care products. Through her latest business, Sweet Tees, she spent immeasurable energy and creativity personalizing bridal party attire, matching t-shirts for family reunions and vacations, and one-of-a-kind items to match her clients’ unique personalities.

Her love for life was best seen through Wendy’s love for her family, who meant everything to her. She put her career on hold as she dedicated herself to being a full-time mother. The greatest joy of her life was watching her children grow, supporting them in their studies and favorite activities, encouraging them to follow their dreams, and celebrating their accomplishments. The beach was her truest happy place, especially when she was there surrounded by her husband and her children.

The family will celebrate Wendy’s life at a private memorial service. They would like to thank everyone for their acts of kindness and love during this difficult time.

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  1. Linda Toomer says:

    Wendy was a very important part of our team at Burr & Forman and she will be truly missed. She wasn’t here very long but made a huge impact on all of the staff. I personally treasure our hugs and look forward to seeing you again. My heart goes out to the family and friends of such a good person. We will miss her.

  2. Penny McCarty says:

    Bill, Andrew, Caroline, Emma, and Bentley,
    I am so sorry for your loss my heart breaks for you all.
    May you gather strength from everything yWendy was and taught you to be.
    Please let me know if you need anything.
    Penny

  3. Susan Bennett Stanley says:

    Debbie and Jim,
    My heart breaks for you. So sorry for the loss of Wendy. My prayers are for you, her children and her husband.

  4. Travis and Jessica Johnson says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. We’re so heartbroken and sorry for your loss. Wendy was such a beautiful person inside and out. Sending our love, hugs and prayers for the days, weeks, and months ahead.

  5. Bob and Ann Gowin says:

    We only met Wendy once but she was so sweet, kind and accepting of us that she became instant family.
    Our hearts go out to her father, Bill and their children. Rest In Peace Wendy!

  6. Debbie Ringler-Boggs says:

    Wendy was kind, giving, a fellow Hokie and such a sweet soul. Working together in Roanoke, VA, we became not just co-workers but friends. She was a great confidante, a wonderful mother and family meant the world to her. My heart and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

  7. Kim Ellison says:

    I can’t even say enough about the person Wendy was. She dedicated her life to her family…and friends. She was a hero in my book! She lit up the room with her smile and fun/loving personality. She will be missed by so many! My heart goes out to you -Bill, Andrew, Caroline, Emma, and Bentley -she loved you all with everything in her. Please know we are here…anytime. Carol and Emma …you have a room at our house anytime…love y’all dearly!! Until we meet again Wendy…much love

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