He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Tracy Brannon Frierson; daughters, Sydni Frierson Copeland (Corey) and Cassidy Blythe Frierson; son, Luke William Frierson; grandsons, Gunnarr Bjorn Copeland and Houston Edmund Copeland; mother, Marjorie Schachte Frierson; sister, Lynne Frierson Thomas; mother-in-law, Carol Hinson Brannon; sister-in-law, Letty Madrid Frierson (Sam III), as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was predeceased by his son, Joshua Gunnar Frierson; father, SLED Lt. Sam H. Frierson Jr.; sister, Theresa Frierson Corbin; brother, Sam H. Frierson III; grandparents, Charleston City Police CAPT Sam H. Sr. and Lottie F. Frierson and William L. and Mary F. Schachte of Charleston, SC; and brother-in-law, Michael L. Thomas.
When Randy was a year old, his family relocated to Lexington, SC where he was educated in Lexington District 1 Schools and Kings Academy, Saluda, SC and played football and baseball in Lexington League programs. Through both school and sports, Randy forged lifelong friendships that he cherished dearly. In 1990, he married his high school sweetheart, Tracy. He worked as a diesel mechanic at V.B. Hook & Co. Inc. for nearly 20 years, and more recently as an auto technician at Jiffy Lube, Inc., both located in West Columbia. He took great pride in his work and always enjoyed being in a position to help people.
Randy was a devoted husband of 33 years to the love of his life and a loving father and grandfather to his children and grandsons. He loved to brag about his children and grandchildren to any and all who would hear him– and with his booming voice it was near impossible for him to go unheard. Always effortlessly the loudest in the room, he was most often heard cracking jokes, carrying a tune, or answering the phone with a cheerful, “Yello?”
Randy was known for his unrivaled, encyclopedic knowledge of music and sports, especially when it came to classic rock/metal and his beloved Carolina Gamecocks. A loyal fan to his core, he often entertained his family and friends during Carolina football games with a spot-on impression of longtime, expressive game caller, Todd Ellis. He loved listening to sports talk radio and could often be found on the back porch with the radio on while he worked on the crossword in the newspaper. His way with words was a lesser known fact about him, but those closest to him knew he was a beautiful writer and published poet. As a sentimental soul with a big heart that loved others so freely and widely, he made friends everywhere he went and never met a stranger. There were not many things he disliked, with the exception of heights, and whoever happened to be playing against the Gamecocks that week, no matter which sport. His joyous, fun-loving spirit will be deeply missed by all who had the good fortune to know him.
His life will be honored with a funeral Mass at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 2350 Augusta Highway, Lexington, SC 29072 on Saturday, December 9th, 2023 at 12:00 PM. The family will receive guests in the Church Fellowship Hall following the service. Caughman-Harman Funeral Home Lexington, SC, is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family’s GoFundMe (https://gofund.me/f7d80f12) or a charity of one’s choice.