James Randall (Randy) Shute
14 May, 1962 – 27 November, 2019
James Randall (Randy) Shute, 57, of Atlanta, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, on November 27, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Randy was born in Hinsdale, Illinois to Robert Lee Shute and Kathryn Mae Bidderman on May 14, 1962. He married Anne Elizabeth Boyer on May 19, 1995 in Alpharetta, Georgia. He graduated from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Minor in Music. He was a brilliant tennis player, pianist, piano tuner and part-time composer. In high school, he played varsity tennis earning MVP for his singles wins, taking first place in the 1980 district championship meet for Glenbard West. At Principia college, he achieved the season record 18-6 in doubles in 1983-1984. He went on to obtain the highly rated United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) P1 certification which led him to serve his community in developing junior tennis programs for the youth in the Glen Ellyn, Illinois and neighboring communities. He later moved to Atlanta and began a career in recruiting for high tech positions in industry and continued to coach tennis. The economic downturn in 2008 allowed him to focus more time on his children and their soccer development. He obtained A, B, C and National Youth Soccer licenses and began coaching children advanced soccer skills. His love for soccer and tennis and developing skills in young athletes was rewarding as he saw them go on to succeed in club, high school and college soccer and USTA, ALTA and high school tennis. He conceived and built one of the largest tennis hitting walls in the Atlanta area, for the enjoyment and development of his students. Beyond teaching soccer and tennis skills and strategy, his everyday interactions with children and their families and other soccer coaches, were impactful as witnessed by the outpouring of love and support from so many he knew. He also devoted time to the Chamblee High School soccer and CHS and Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra programs. Those for whom he tuned pianos enjoyed visiting with Randy and listening to him play after tuning. His music compositions were uplifting instrumental piano pieces that he recorded and will live on. He worked hard and consistently gave his all to each of his life’s endeavors. He also enjoyed gardening and feeding a plethora of backyard birds. Most of all, he was a loving, giving and devoted husband and father. He was a positive influence, full of joy and fun. He was dearly loved and will be missed.
Randy is preceded in death by his father, Robert, and mother, Kathryn. Randy is survived by his wife, Anne, his children, Hannah (22) and son Eric (18), and older brothers, Robert ‘Kevin’ Shute and William Eric (Bill) Shute.
A ‘Celebration of Life’ service will be held on February 15, 2:00 pm, at Kingswood Methodist Church, to honor his life and many gifts to family, friends and community.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Randy’s memory, with a special dedication to the 7 East oncology staff, or to Emory Winship Cancer Institute, or a charity of your choice.
Kingswood Methodist Church
James Randall (Randy) Shute
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23 January 2020
I got to know Randy best during our junior high and high school days back in Glen Ellyn, IL. It was a stroke of good luck that I was assigned to the same lab table as Randy in Mr. Sweeney's 8th grade science class. I can still remember Randy waltzing into class exclaiming "Hiya Mista Sweeney!" That vision still cracks me up and always will. We'd study together and listen to music. I had a bunch of Beatles albums and he had a bunch of Led Zeppelin albums.
For our senior year at Glenbard West High School Randy and I worked as the chain gang during the football games. It was pretty cool to be on the sidelines, helping out the referees. We would alternate standing behind the goal posts when a team would kick for an extra point or a field goal. Our job was to catch the ball and get it right back to the referees with what seemed like the whole world watching. I think we came out about even on catches and fumbles. The Hilltoppers were one of the best teams in the state that year and it just might have been because of our outstanding work on the chain gang!
Randy helped me get a summer job at Glen Ayre Swim & Tennis Club in the early 1980's. Randy was on the courts and I was in the pro shop. We had a blast!
Randy was the bright light wherever he was. He was such a happy guy that he always put you in a good mood. He will always be one of my favorite friends.
We had a great hour long phone conversation in July 2019. Hearing the sad news of Randy's passing later in the year makes me realize that hour was a gift from God.
James Edward Bidderman
17 January 2020
Randy was my nephew and was born the first year I was in college. In the past decade or so I knew him best for the compassionate care he provided for his mother, my sister Kathryn Shute-Fleming, in the last years or her life. He was a multi-talented man who excelled at whatever he set about to do. As Mother Teresa said, “It is not how much you do, but how much love you put into the doing.” Randy was exemplary on both counts. Perhaps Randy’ greatness is best measured by the way he cared for the one who once cared for him.
14 January 2020
I taught tennis with Randy in Wheaton, IL for several years and was his Assistant Coach at Glenbard West High School for a year. We had many great adventures together and were great rivals during our Jr College days. My fondest memory was hanging out at his house listening to an audio version of Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe. He loved that book. I will miss him and hope to get to know his family some day.
14 January 2020
I knew Randy back in the 1980's and I, along with Mike Grantham, traveled together to St. Louis to get our USPTA certifications. I remember Randy made a set of flash cards that we studied in the car on our way from Chicago to St. Louis for the USPTA written test. We all passed and continued to teach tennis together for the next few years. I enjoyed playing and teaching tennis with Randy and am saddened to hear of his passing. Sending prayers for him and family during this difficult time.
26 December 2019
Randy was my tennis coach and a great teacher. He transformed tennis into a conversation and showed me respect and effort is needed to improve. How many ways can these lessons translate to everyday life? He style and technique formed a connection between us and I am so grateful for it. I learned things I wasn't prepared to learn and they all didn't have to do with tennis. I felt he was my friend. I will surely keep what he taught me and use it in life and tennis. I will miss Randy.