Raymond Tillou Randolph Jr.

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Raymond Tillou Randolph, Jr.

Nashville, TN

Raymond Tillou Randolph, Jr., a Nashville businessman and Realtor who will be remembered by family and friends for his generosity, hard work and sense of humor, died at his home on February 20, 2014. Mr. Randolph was born March 21, 1922 in Lexington, KY.

He was predeceased by his parents, Raymond T. Randolph, Sr. and Cecil Adcock Randolph of Lexington, and his sisters and brothers-in-law, Eleanor and Ben Fowler of Frankfort, KY, and Marge and Kenny Rush of Versailles, KY.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Randolph; and sons, Marbut (Kathy) Gaston and Dr. Harper (Nona) Gaston of Nashville; grandchildren, Dr. Glenn (Krissa) Gaston of Charlotte, NC, Tiffany (Jackson) Dale, Lindsey (Dr. Nathan) Murrell and Margot Gaston of Nashville; great-grandchildren, McLean, Myers and Virginia Gaston, Harper and A. J. Dale, and Drew, Dawson and Coleman Murrell; his nephews, Randy (Mary) Rush of Seattle, WA and Ray (Mary Jane) Rush of Winchester, KY; and his niece, Karen (David) Theute of Des Moines, IA.

Ray served in the United States Marine Corps during WWII as a Captain and Marine Aviator, was a flight instructor, and even flew the C-46, one of the largest transports in the USMC. After his service in WWII, he graduated from the University of Kentucky where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. Upon graduation, he was employed by The Johns-Manville Corporation in Nashville. He married Ruth Gaston in 1962 and in 1965, resigned from Johns-Manville to join his wife in the real estate business they formed, Randolph Co. Realtors. Ray was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church until 1987 where he served as an Elder. Ray was an active member of Belmont United Methodist Church serving on the Administrative Board, various committees, and the 'permanent' Greeter/Usher at the west-side-entrance door, and participated in over 25 mission trips to St. Vincent, Malawi, South Africa, and Pascagoula, MS. He enjoyed his years delivering 'Meals-on-Wheels' and valued the lasting friendships he made with the recipients of that service. Ray was an avid antique car lover and a member of the Nashville Buick Club; he owned, drove, and proudly displayed a 1919 'High-Top', a 1920 'Touring-Sedan', and a 1931 'Doctor's Coup'. He enjoyed walking all over Green Hills and later in the Mall with his wife Ruth and gave the 'coin-collection' they gathered during their walks to a deserving charity each year. Ray and Ruth loved to travel and had been around-the-world three times. Ray also loved to dance and never missed a chance to boogie woogie his 'rubber-legs'. Even though born and raised in the city, Ray loved working the soil for years on his farm in Leiper's Fork and then later wherever he could find a plot of ground. Most importantly, Ray always had a smile, a kind word, and a willingness to help anyone in need. Ray donated his body to The Vanderbilt Anatomical Study Program.

A Memorial service and Celebration of his life will be held at Belmont United Methodist Church in Nashville, TN on Monday, March 3, 2014 at 2 p.m., with The Rev. Linda Johnson officiating.

Visitation will be at Belmont UMC on Sunday, March 2, 2014 from 2 - 4 p.m. and from 1 -2 p.m., before the service on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to (1) Belmont United Methodist Church, P.O.Box 120098, Nashville, TN 37212; (2) Meals-on-Wheels, Fifty-Forward, 174 Raines Ave., Nashville, TN 37203; (3) EDCT (Eating Disorders Coalition of TN) 2120 Crestmoor Rd., Ste. 3000, Nashville, TN 37215; or (4) , 4825 Trousdale Dr., Ste. 220, Nashville, TN 37220.

Published in The Tennessean from Feb. 23 to Mar. 2, 2014
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