John Rankin Litaker

March 25, 2020

CHARLOTTE – John Rankin Litaker, age 96, died Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at his home in Charlotte. He was born on September 14, 1923 in Cabarrus County, NC.

John spent three years in the US Marine Corp and five years in the US Navy. He enjoyed a thirty-four-year career with the United States Postal Service where he rose to the ranks of a senior executive. John was a ruling elder in three different churches and served a Clerk of the Session on several occasions. At his death, he was a member of both, Paw Creek Presbyterian and First Baptist Church of Marion. An active 60-year Mason, John was a member of the Westgate Lodge where he was its first Past Master, a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, a life member of the Jesters.

John is survived by his wife, Elaine B Laney; daughter, Donna Hall and her husband, Gene of Charlotte; two grandsons, Troy Miller (Tricia), Todd Miller (Ali Weiss); three great-grandchildren, Colby Miller, Brooke Wright (Tyler), and Bailey Miller (Matt Guy); two great-great grandsons, Elijah and Lucas Wright; two stepsons, William J. Laney and his wife, Eliana and Keith B. Laney and his wife, Kara Reel; and a number of step great and great-great grandchildren.

A private graveside service was held in the Paw Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery with the Reverend Elliott Hipp officiating. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be sent to Paw Creek Presbyterian, PO Box 64, Paw Creek, NC 28130, First Baptist Church, 99 N, Main Street, Marion, NC 28752, the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, 600 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565 or the Make-a-Wish Foundation, 217 E. Tremont Ave., Charlotte, NC 28203.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at

Share your memories & condolences


  • Mickey Rhymer

    Johnny was my uncle and the most positive man I have ever known.We spent many Christmas s at my aunt Pegs, I will miss you dearly.

  • Janice and Steve Pierce

    We are so glad we had the opportunity to know John. He was an inspiration to us and others. He always had a warm smile and cheerful attitude. We will miss him and his wonderful stories.

  • Janet Litaker Chance

    I’m blessed to have met cousin Johnny. He inspired me to begin researching my ancestors.
    He lead a rich, full life. May God comfort each of his loved ones, and bring peace to your hearts.
    ?????? Janet

  • Eliane Laney

    John, we are going to miss your sweet heart. Rest in peace. Love you. Your honey (He couldn't pronounce my name).

  • Anne & Tommy Miller

    Pop fought the good fight and was such a trooper. Paw Creek will miss him. Such a joy to us all. Love and sympathy to the family...