OBITUARY: Marcus Edgar Rinks


Marcus Edgar Rinks of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, he was 91 years old.

He was an active member of the Mt. Juliet Church of Christ and retired from the United States Air Force.

He was preceded in death by Edith M. Rinks, his devoted wife of 66 years.

Marc was born on July 18, 1931, in Iron City, TN. He served in the Viet Nam War and had overseas tours in Saudi Arabia and Germany. His Air Force stateside assignments took him to Illinois, Texas, Montana, Mississippi, Alabama, Colorado and Massachusetts.

After retiring with 23 years in the military, he became an instructor for high school Junior ROTC programs in Little Rock, Arkansas, and then Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.

In the mid-1970s he started selling real estate and was a Million Dollar salesman his first year. It wasn’t long until he became a broker and opened his own office, Marc Rinks Realty. Marc and Edith loved to travel making three trips to Alaska in their RV and lots of group trips with the Wally Byam Caravan Club.

Many Octobers you could find them in the Smokey Mountains National Park enjoying the fall colors. Then they would become snowbirds spending the winter in Florida.

Marc was preceded in death by his parents, Freemon Edgar Rinks and Clevia Irene Rinks and three of his seven sisters, Elsie Marie Kimbrell, Etta LaVerne Herrmann, and Mary Ella Cheney.

He is survived by:
Daughters – Jeannie (Garth) Crownover, Sandi (Mike) Robertson, and Donna Campbell
Sisters – Margie (Grimes) Nix, Nell Belew, Carol DeMongin, and Freda (Jimmy) Dryden and Grandchildren – Emily (Herb) Kajihara, Erin (James) Shanks, Cara (Kevin) Rainbolt, Michelle (Billy) Gawley, Jana (Jerry) Dodd, Justin (BriAnne) Campbell and Ryan (Colleen) Campbell.
Twelve great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and other extended family who will miss him very much.

A very special thank you to Providence Place Assisted Living and Alive Hospice for all of their exceptional care during the last few months of his long life.

Funeral services were conducted at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, November 26, 2022 at Mt. Juliet Church of Christ, 1940 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet, TN with Bro. Craig Evans officiating. Interment with military honors will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Monday, November 28, 2022 at Hermitage Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will include family members, Justin Campbell, Jackson Campbell, Grant Campbell, Michael Gawley, James Shanks, Herb Kajihara, Caden Dodd, and Cruz Dodd.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to Heritage Christian University, P O Box HCU, Florence, AL. 35630, or Churches of Christ Disaster Relief, P O Box 111180, Nashville, TN 37222-1180.

Visitation will be at the church from 3-7 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. until service time Saturday.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615) 773-2663.


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  1. Major Rinks proudly served his Lord, his Family, his Country and his Community. We sure wished we could have joined the celebration of his life. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family.
    Jean and Alan Crownover

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