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Dr. David Paul Randlett 1938 - 2010
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November 14, 2010
Dr. Randlett's Hymnology class was one of my favorites in college - I still have my notes. His cheery smile and optimism will be missed here on earth.
November 03, 2010
Dear Cousins, May the Lord comfort you. We have let members of the Zahniser Family know of this great loss. Prayers will continue for you.
November 03, 2010
Dearest MJ, Karen and Paul,
My heart is breaking for you all now as I just received word of the loss of your kind and gentle husband and father. I too know a little of your pain for my wonderful father went to glory last month. Know that my prayers are with you and what great respect I had for Mr. Randlett
October 29, 2010
Sorry I am a little late getting this posted. I had problems several times getting this site to work. Please know how sorry I am to hear of David's passing.
October 25, 2010
Mrs. Randlet and family. Wes and I are so very sorry to hear about the passing of Brother David. We had the privilege of working with him for many years at Liberty. He was a great man and always a pleasure to work with. Bless you all in this time of grief. God is with you along with the love of so many friends like us.
October 24, 2010
M.J. and family. We hurt with you. David was our friend and we valued his friendship. Know that you are in our prayers as we send love and sympathy
October 23, 2010
Just found out about David's passing. Just recently, needed to call David to ask about some music that the Old Time Gospel Hour choir did years ago. One of the local churches here is still using some of the music and David was kind enough to help us out. Fond memories of LU Bookstore and working with MJ. My heart goes out to you and your family. David leaves a lasting legacy. Ruth Joiner Story, Harrington, De.
October 21, 2010
It has been many years since I knew David and M.J. in Nashville. They were such a blessing to our church and to our family. David was such a wonderful choir director, and the training served me well when I went to college.

Please know that we are remembering your family in our prayers.
Beth Willis Riggins
October 21, 2010
Paul,
I'm so sad to hear about your dad's passing. Your dad had a big impact on my life, and reading through this guestbook, I see I wasn't the only one. I'll continue to pray for you and your family as you grieve this loss.
October 21, 2010
You will be missed. Thank you not only for touching lives everywhere you walked, but for touching the lives of my family. My prayers go out to the family.
Allen & Peggy Polson
LBU '78
October 20, 2010
Just left the celebration service; what a blessing and tribute to David. Our thoughts and prayers to all the family.
October 20, 2010
October 20, 2010
I came to what was then Lynchburg Baptist College the same year that Boss did...at that point there were not many teachers in the Music Department, so I had him for several classes, and had the privilege of being in "EnPsalms"...the precursor of Sounds of Liberty....I learned so much in those years from him....as a teacher, a mentor, and a friend....he took in so many of us who did not live close enough to go home on holidays, and I can remember many times going to his home just because he wanted us to have that "home away from home". I was there when he became known as "Boss", so named by one of our group members, and have been so happy to see that it stuck...he truly was "Boss". He was the finest music man I've ever known, and one of the finest men I've ever known. I've been proud these many years to call him friend, and always knew that if I went to Lynchburg all I had to do was call him, and he'd be there for whatever I needed. I have so many cherished memories of him, MJ, Paul, and Karen..all of whom traveled on that bus with us at times! I am so thankful that we do not sorrow as those who have no hope, but know with a certainty that we will meet again! As someone else said, we wonder if he, Dr. Falwell, and Doug Oldham are organizing an "I Love Heaven" rally...if so, I'm looking forward to singing with him again!
October 20, 2010
I am so thankful for men like Boss who were great examples to us at such a critical time (college for me). Boss helped develop in me a love for worship that is still very much alive today. That love for worship has been an integral part of our family life with Christine & I (married 20 years this July) and our two kids. I could talk for a long time about all the great memories & friendships Boss has had a hand in. The Randletts have much to celebrate as they remember Boss's life today. Now unto the NAME of Jesus Christ that is above all names be all the glory, honor & praise!
October 20, 2010
It has truly been a pleasure knowing Dave as a friend, neighbor, and fellow Board member in our community. Our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to his wife and family as Dave now goes to be with his creator. He was truly an inspiration in so many ways and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. God Bless.
October 20, 2010
MJ, I pray you feel the love of the Fathers arms around you at this difficult time.
We will miss Dave as neighbor,friend and brother in Christ.
October 20, 2010
As a Friend, neighbor and fellow board member Daves' smiling face and positive attitude will be missed by all of us here in The Beechwood West community. MJ and family you have our deepist sympathy and prayers.

Jim Urban and the BW Board of Directors, Moneta Virginia
October 20, 2010
To the Randlett Family Our deep sympathies and prayers are with you.
May God bless you during your loss.
October 20, 2010
Dear Randlett Family,
I am so sorry to hear of David's passing. I sat under his direction in the orchestra and choir for many years. He was a inspirtion. Our hearts and prayers are with you.
October 20, 2010
Dave will be remembered by us as a faithful, committed and gifted servant of Christ. I had the privilege of being in the OTGH choir for a number of years. He shared his gift and talent with the world, influencing a far greater number of people than he would have ever known here on earth through the example of his life. Thank you, Dave!
October 20, 2010
I was saddened to hear of Dave's passing. I was just in Lynchburg for Homecoming and I saw him on the screen in church Sunday morning praying with someone. What an icon. You are in the prayers and on the hearts of many folks. I am praying for you today. Sincerely, Joni Merrill (LU 1973-79)
October 19, 2010
MJ, Paul, Karen and family. How sad I was when I received the message of Dave's passing. Although I know he is now rejoicing in Heaven, it still hurts to have him missing for the rest of us left here on earth. Although many years have passed since I first came to know him as teacher, then musical mentor, and finally as friend, I will always remember his love of music, family, ministry, and Christ. He loved to laugh and to smile, and he taught me how to make music on a professional level even though I was a college kid. The EnPsalms were a great group where I came to learn more about musical ministry. But I know that Dave would do it all over again, and I am sure he is now singing with the Heavenly chorus:

"Glory to the God in the Highest!"

May the Father bring you all His tender love and mercy, and may the Spirit bring you comfort.
October 19, 2010
Dear Randlett family,
We were saddened and shocked to hear of Dave's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. His music ministry is remembered as one filled with praise and adoration for the Lord, and he is remembered as a man who walked with integrity (from when we were at LU in the 80's). May God give you peace and comfort and courage during this time of loss. Brian and Donna Ratliff
October 19, 2010
Dear Randlett family,
We were saddened and shocked to hear of Dave's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. His music ministry is remembered as one filled with praise and adoration for the Lord, and he is remembered as a man who walked with integrity (from when we were at LU in the 80's). May God give you peace and comfort and courage during this time of loss. Brian and Donna Ratliff
October 19, 2010
I have been sad and teary eyed for days now. I always felt I could call upon boss for advice especially concerning church music. His candor and sense of humor I will miss greatly. A fun note of yester year, when I was accompianist for the Enpsalms, 1976 - 1980; we were in WVA headed to a church in the snow....Ross Turner had a 8 Track playing Evie - Boss ripped it out of the player and tossed it out the window...something about wicked rock music...my how times have changed. Much love to MJ, Paul and Karen and Doug! I can see boss kicking his heels in the air as he danced into heaven....When the Saints go Marching in! Art Scott, Class of 1980
October 19, 2010
MJ and family,
Our heartfelt sympathy, love, and prayers go out to you in the loss of our beloved David. MJ, you and David were such dear neighbors in the short time you were living here at Oak Point. We are rejoicing in his presence at the feet of his Lord and Savior.
Warren (Winkie) and Jane Fields
October 19, 2010
Dear MJ -

I heard over the weekend about Dave's passing. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. How wonderful it is I got to see him (and you) a few weeks ago when our biker ministry came to fellowship at TRBC. May God bring you the peace that passes all understanding.

With Love, Amy (Raines) and John Netto, Chesterfield, VA
October 19, 2010
We were so shocked and saddened to hear of Dave's passing. Our thoughts and prayers will be with this dear family in the coming days, but we look forward to seeing and singing with Dave around the throne. Much love to MJ, Paul, Karen, Doug, and Jane. --Gary and Angie Hunt
October 19, 2010
Karen, Rusty, and family,

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. May your memories warm your hearts and the comfort and peace of our Lord sustain you today and in the days to come.

With love and sympathy.
October 19, 2010
Paul,

Although I didn't know your dad I know he was a very special person to the many who did know him. I appreciate reading these online comments from lives who were touched by him which I know also helps minister to your heart and the family's during this time. Please know Katha and I are praying for you. You, too, are a very special person in the Kingdom.
October 19, 2010
Boss was the best choir director that i ever had. he was also one of the greatest Christians that i knew. i am going to miss seeing him when i go to Lu Seminary office i would often stop in and see him and talk for a few minutes. the last time that i saw him he was smiling as he always did. Boss is in heaven and is directing the bigest and best choir that he ever did and one day i will join his choir once again.
going to miss you Boss but you are in heaven having the time of your life.
October 18, 2010
Boss is one of the wisest and most compassionate men I've ever known. I miss him dearly. He was and is a unique and special child of God, and my life is so much better for his contributions. When I think about living the Word of God I find it difficult to find a better example than Boss. I will always cherish his contributions to my life.
October 18, 2010
What wonderful memories I have of the years I sang with the Sounds of Liberty in 1982-1986! Boss was like a Dad to me during that time. I know he will be greatly missed. I will be praying for MJ, Karen, and Paul, and the other family members. Love you!
Leslie Painter Evans
October 18, 2010
"Boss" was one of the greatest men I ever knew. He found a place for me as a guitarist with the Sounds of Liberty, and I found a permanent place in my heart for him as a mentor and friend. He was a consistent, godly example and a direct influence in my own daily walk with God. While I am sad, I am also confident that in the presence of the Lord he is experiencing unimagined joy, as described in 1 Corinthians 2:9 - However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him"--
October 18, 2010
MJ, Karen and Paul,
My heart just aches. What an amazing man David was, like a second father to me at a vital time in my life and he made a profound eternal impact that remains today!
As friends of my parents for more than 45 years back you all adopted me in as part of your family when I came as a student in 1988. I was a rebellious and rowdy west coast girl who did not fit in at LU or this southern culture, but you all loved me anyway. Your unconditional love softened my hard heart and opened my mind to Truth of the Lord again, resulting in my salvation just two months after I arrived in Lynchburg. And you loved me as I grew in the Lord and made so many changes that were needed!
I am so grateful – eternally grateful – for David's impact on my life for the last 22yrs!!! The memories are many and precious. Not a visit to Williamsburg goes by that I don't think of one of our trips there! And I always loved the side he bought out in my dad, those two loved to laugh together :)
Oh how I will miss you David, your contagious laugh, your deep unconditional love, your love of music and of the Lord. I remember one song you often lead us in singing at TRBC was "Some glad morning when this life is o'er, I'll fly away; To a home on God's celestial shore, I'll fly away". I could almost hear you singing Friday morning, David, through my tears ♥
My parents already had tickets for a visit here when we heard of David's surgery and home going. They arrive in Roanoke at 6:40pm Wednesday evening, so we will be driving to TRBC during David's service. So sad it worked out that way, yet grateful we will all be able to make it back to town for the visitation. We look forward to seeing you then, love you all deeply!
Alyson, for all of us
October 18, 2010
M. J,, I have been praying for you since I found out. My love and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
October 18, 2010
Dear M.J. and Family, I was so sorry to hear that "Boss" went home to be with the Lord, but I am sure he and Dr. Falwell are rejoicing together. I can't believe how my life was changed because Mr. Randlett chose me, a small town girl, to be in the Enpsalms and then the Sounds of Liberty. My prayers are with you. Suzanne Amon Draper 1979-1981 (Felton, Delaware)
October 18, 2010
Our deepest sympathy to the Randlett family. His faith is now sight..May your faith sustain and comfort you with each new day.May our Lord bless you..Love and Prayers Ben and Joanie Sutton, Danville, Va.
October 18, 2010
MJ, Karen, Paul: We are saddened at the loss of such a faithful servant of the Lord. Hard to believe that 37 years have passed since you came here to Lynchburg! We are joining a host of others in praying for God's marvelous comfort, peace and joy.
Kevin and Christy Garber (Forest, VA)
October 18, 2010
Dear MJ and family
My niece told me about Dave's passing, and, to say the least, I was very shocked! That was the last thing I had expected to hear. Please know that you are in my prayers, and that I stand ready to help you whenever and however I can. I've been there, and I know the devastation you must feel at this time. You can take some comfort in knowing that Dave's life was a shining Christian example. I will try to talk with you soon.

--Ruby Cockran
October 18, 2010
To all of the Randlett family, I offer my deepest condolences to all of you upon the passing of David. He was a mighty inspirational example of the love of God. It was apparent in all that he did. I was blessed to have known him. Each of you will be in my prayers as you grieve his loss, but always rejoice in the fact that he lives.
October 18, 2010
Paul and Family,
We were shocked and sadden to hear about the death of your father. Our prayers are with you all.
October 17, 2010
Randlett Family,
I was sorry to hear of the passing of a very talented minister of music but most of all a true man of God. I know it's earth's loss but Heaven's gain. I will be praying for your family as you go through the days ahead. May God continue to bless you.
October 17, 2010
MJ, Karen, and Paul,
My heart is saddened beyond measure to hear of your loss - an earthly loss of such a great man. As you all know, David was my best man when I got married. He has been one of my best friends since we met back in 1973. There are so many memories I have of the many, many good times we shared together and with you MJ and the rest of your "GREAT" family (it would take many months to remember and share all the memories I have of David and ya'll). David was especially close to me when I lost my wife the weeks following April 21, 2009. We all know the clarity and strength that David brought to every situation. He had the biggest servant's heart I've ever known. I'm sure that's why Jerry and then Jonathan trusted him so much to be their personal assistant. He will be sorely missed here on earth but then again, Heaven is rejoicing to have a GREAT Music Man to lead some choirs, pagaents, and songs preparing the way for us some day soon!

David and me both shared the following special verse and I pray it brings you all as much comfort as it brought to me/us.

"Be Still - and know that I am God!" (Psalm 46:10)

Sending you all much love and prayers as I remember the many memories I have of David and the impact he left on my life.
October 17, 2010
MJ AND FAMILY, MAY YOU FEEL GOD'S LOVING ARMS AROUND YOU. DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME. PLEASE FEEL ALSO THE LOVE COMING YOUR WAY FROM ALL THE HEARTS OF THOSE WHOSE LIVES WERE BLESSED JUST KNOWING DAVID.
MY FAMILY HAS BEEN BLESSED BEYOND WORDS BY THE CONNECTION THAT MUSIC AND DAVID PLAYED IN THEIR LIVES, AND IT IS STILL ONGOING AS I HAVE A GRANDSON AT LIBERTY WORKING ON HIS MASTERS CURRENTLY.
PS. OUR DONNA HAS DAVIDS PERSONAL PIANO IN HER HOME WE BOUGHT FROM YOU WHEN DONNA WAS AT LIBERTY.
DONNA HAS SO MANY WONDERFUL MEMORIES SHE MADE WHEN SHE WAS BLESSED TO BE A MEMBER OF "THE SOUNDS OF LIBERTY" FOR 5 YEARS. SHE ALWAYS AFFECTIONATELY CALLED HIM "BOSS", AS DID THE OTHER KIDS AS WELL.
HEAVEN HAS WELCOMED A "SAINT" HOME. GOD BLESS ALL THE RANDLETT FAMILY!!! OUR LOVE AND PRAYERS EARL AND JEAN PINCHBECK VICTORIA VA.
October 17, 2010
What a terrible shock!! He will be missed for sure in every way one can imagine. A genius in creative music!! We loved singing with David and all things Randlett his work was always immediately identifiable!! PRAISE GOD FOR HIS PRECIOUS LIFE...
TO GOD ALONE BE THE GLORY, RJ and Phoebe Fensterman
October 17, 2010
So sorry to hear of the loss of Dr. Randlett. He will be missed.
October 17, 2010
Knowing David since we moved here just about...I have to say he truly showed not only how much he loved Jesus but how much he loved others. I can't say I ever saw him without that beautiful smile on his face.
I mourne with you the family but I rejoice with David and all of those who have gone before us that he is in his eternal home with his Heavenly Father.
My thoughts and prayers are with you through this time....
In His Service
Joy Hefley Alexander
October 17, 2010
We are sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
October 17, 2010
Paul: We were so sorry to hear of your father's passing.We will be praying for you and your family in this time of loss.
We have missed you and Jenny so much since you moved and our choir will never be the same. Gene and Shirley Weldon
October 17, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are being extended toward the Randlett family in their time of sorrow, however we know that he has entered into the Joy of his Lord as a faithful servant who completed his work well here on Earth. Love, the Parson family.
October 17, 2010
We are sorry to hear of David's going home. We pray all will feel Gods love and comforting arms around them in this time of separation. As well we will rejoice in the knowledge that our brother in Christ is in His presence.
October 17, 2010
David and I have kept in touch since the early 1970's. He was minister of music at the church I pastored in Nashville, prior to going to Thomas Road Baptist. David had a kind and tender heart and reached out to others. He lived to help others. My prayers go forth to his entire family in their loss but Heaven has added another great musician to the Heavenly choir.
October 17, 2010
It has been a pleasure getting to know the Randlett's over the past 8 years. In that short time, I have seen a man who loves the Lord, who enthusiastically shares the Gospel and rejoices with those who make Jesus their choice. I have also witnessed a great respect for a minister who is gifted, talented and passionate about praise and worship of our Lord. Through the years he has modeled the need of being relevant for the day without compromise of the message. Now "singing unto the Lord a new song" has a greater meaning because of David Randlett's homegoing. We will continue to pray for his family.
Steve and Jan Bradshaw, Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia
October 17, 2010
Dear MJ and Randlett and Goodwin families,

My sisters and brothers in Christ, words cannot express how our hearts hurt for you at this time of loss. We are so sad for you, yet so happy for David. I wish the world could know that as believers in Christ as our Savior, "we do not grieve as those who have no hope." Oh, we hurt and miss the one we love so much, yet when we have the assurance that we will see them again, the pain is bearable until we reach the other side to be with them. We have a wonderful reunion to look forward to and David is already experiencing it.
Much love to you all and prayers that God will comfort your hearts, as only He can.
Cheryl & Jack Buckley
October 16, 2010
So sorry to hear of David's home going. We are praying for you all. Ralph & Louise Green
October 16, 2010
I am sorry to hear about David's home going. I know that smile will be missed. We will pray for the family. I am sorry we cannot attend the memorial service as we are in the Ukraine until November.

May God Bless and keep all of you.

Dr David N & Susan Smeltz
Missionaries to Eastern Europe and Asia
October 16, 2010
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
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