Samantha Katherine Rankin, Grenada High School Senior, died tragically in a car accident on Sunday, May 5, 2019 in Whiteville, Tenn., while driving to go sky diving. Samantha is survived by her parents, Keri and Chris Rankin of Baldwyn and Grenada, and her sister and brother, Michelle and Andrew Rankin. She was the great granddaughter of Mary Collier; granddaughter of Roy and Fran Collier and niece of Chrissy Underwood of Olive Branch. She was the granddaughter of Jim and Paula Rankin; niece of Darlene and Tony Miles; cousin to Makenzie Miles of Hurley; niece of Jeff and Amy Rankin; cousin to Hannah and Beka Rankin of Travelers Rest, South Carolina; the niece of Robynn Rankin, Scott and Wendy Rankin and cousin of Austin Rankin of Pascagoula. Samantha was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Feb. 13, 2001. She attended Olive Branch Schools from second to eighth grades and Grenada High School ninth through 12. At GHS, she was member of the French Club, 30+club, Anchor Club, Key Club, Vice President of Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, academic team, Superintendent’s List, Drum Major of the GHS Marching Band. She received numerous awards, including, the highest average in Sociology, French I and II, Outstanding Senior Class Representative, Hardest Worker Award and Featured Piccolo Player. She was also inducted into the GHS Hall of Fame. Samantha was set to graduate GHS on May 24, 2019 and was enrolled to attend MSU, majoring in chemistry, with the goal to work for NASA. Samantha was an animal lover, specifically her cat Luna. She played the flute, piccolo, ukulele, piano and guitar. She was an artist, musician and avid-reader. She was a Christian who reflected the values of Jesus and loved others deeply. The circles she touched were wide and vast. She was well-loved and respected by her peers and was a leader. She lived life to the fullest and will be deeply missed by her family, friends, acquaintances and anyone who crossed her path. A service celebrating her life was held at 1 p.m. Friday, May, 10, 2019 in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors (5281 Cliff Gookin Blvd, Tupelo). Visitation was Friday, May 10 from 11 a.m. until service time. Burial was private. Condolences may be e-mailed to For those who cannot attend, they may view the service at at 1 p.m. Friday and for 60 days thereafter.