He was born April 22, 1924, in Jeffersonville, Ind., to Edward H. and Margaret Hessig Randall.
He graduated from Jeffersonville High School in 1942.
He entered military service in 1943 and served with the Transportation Corps in the Northern France Campaign. He received the Northern France ribbon with one battle star, a Bronze Star, and a Presidential unit citation. He also received the Certificate of Merit.
Upon discharge as a Staff Sergeant from the U.S. Army in 1946, he enrolled in the University of Louisville and after graduation, entered the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and received the Master of Divinity degree.
He was pastor to churches in Adams, Ind., and at the First Baptist Church of Lawrenceburg, Ind. From 1962-68, he was Bible teacher and acting Dean at the American Baptist Pastoral Ministry School in Green Lake, Wis. From 1960-89, he served as Area Minister for the American Baptist Churches of Indiana/Kentucky, ministering to 100 churches in West Central Indiana.
After his retirement, he served as interim minister in numerous churches, including Terre Haute First Baptist and Trinity Baptist Church in Brazil, and as a guest minister.
He was active in the Community Theatre of Clay County and was a professionally published author, poet and composer with Lillinas Publishing Company. He was a long-time volunteer for the American Heart Association, receiving the Georgine Hardwick State Award for Volunteer Service in Indiana.
In 1990, he received the Clay County Chamber of Commerce Focus Award in Religion. Rev. Randall was a member of the First Baptist Church of Terre Haute.
On Sept. 20, 1946, he married Barbara Tyler, who survives him. They had three children: Susan (T.J.) Sneddon (Brazil), Dr. Julie McLaughlin (Brazil) and son Philip (Margaret) Randall (Bloomington). He is also survived by grandchildren Richard (Sherri) Swearingen, Brazil, and Katie Randall, Louisville, Ky., along with great-grandchildren Ashley, Richard Ashton, Chris and David Swearingen, all of Brazil, and Tamra and Cody Swearingen. Also surviving are sisters-in-law Joan Zumwalt, Jacksonville, Ark., and Hope (Robert) Jacobs, Jeffersonville, Ind.
He was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Margaret Randall, Jeffersonville, Ind.
Services will take place Friday, July 31, 2009, at 2 p.m., at the First Baptist Church, Terre Haute. Visitation at the church will take place from 1-2 p.m., preceding the service. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery, Brazil.
Visitation will also take place Thursday evening at Moore Funeral Home, Brazil, from 4-8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Terre Haute, 4701 Poplar St., Terre Haute, Ind., 47803, American Heart Association, 208 S. LaSalle No. 900, Chicago, Ill., 60604, Community Theatre of Clay County, 8 E. National Ave., Brazil, Ind., 47834, and the American Baptist Churches of Indiana/Kentucky, 1350 N. Delaware, Indianapolis, Ind.
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