Henry E Randolph

May 21, 1935July 29, 2013

Henry England "Doc" Randolph of Birmingham died July 29, 2013 after a courageous and resilient battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS). Henry was born on May 21, 1935, and grew up on a farm in Sparta, Tennessee. He was the son of the late John Tom Randolph and Mary Louise Randolph of Sparta, Tennessee. He is survived by the love of his life, Jayne Ruffin Randolph. He is also survived by his four children, Kenneth England Randolph, David Thomas Randolph (Andrea), Marsha Randolph Jimenez (Gonzalo), Beth Randolph Smith (Johnny) and two step-children, Paige Elmore Wright (Jon) and Samantha Elmore Reichle (John). Additionally, he leaves behind eleven wonderful grandchildren, Jamie Nichole Lopez, Katie Randolph Dornier (David), Kelley Rose Randolph, Jackson Davis Randolph, Julia Alexandra Jimenez, John Caleb Reichle, Elisabeth Jayne Reichle, Samuel James Henry Reichle, Pierce Asa Reichle, Luke Ruffin Wright, Katherine Ann Wright and a great-grandson, Levi Elliot Lopez. Henry graduated from White County High School in Sparta, TN, continuing his education at Tennessee Tech University earning his B.S. degree. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Dairy Technology & Microbiology from The Ohio State University. Henry was Professor of Food Science at Texas A&M University, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Dairy Technology at the University of Kentucky, and also served as an Instructor and Research Associate at The Ohio State University. He chaired numerous committees through his extensive memberships in professional organizations. Henry was the President/Founder of Randolph Associates, Inc., established in 1977. He was a renowned Food Scientist among the Food and Dairy Industry, affectionately known as the "Milk Doctor." He produced numerous publications/articles geared to improving food safety and quality in the dairy industry. Henry was a member of the Institute of Food Technologists, American Dairy Science Association, International Association of Food Protection, and International Dairy Foods Association-Gold Business Partner. Henry was an advisor to several state and national organizations. He believed in working to his fullest potential in everything he did. His development of teaching and research programs, as well as his numerous publications had an invaluable impact on the Food and Dairy Industry. Henry's enthusiasm and vigor within the industry was admired among all his colleagues. Henry leaves an irreplaceable mark within the Food and Dairy Industry. Henry loved spending time with his wife on their farm in Sparta, Tennessee. Rides in the convertible, sunrises, and sunsets on the farm are what brought Henry the most joy. He will be missed greatly by everyone who knew him. He touched many lives. A private family viewing will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Johns-Ridout's Elmwood Chapel, 800 Denison Ave SW, Birmingham, AL, followed by a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. A memorial service will be held Thursday, August 1, at 11:00 a.m. at Hunter Funeral Home, 120 W. Brockman Way, Sparta, TN, followed by burial at Saylors Cemetery, Sparta, TN. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The ALS Association Alabama Chapter, P.O. Box 2888, Huntsville, Alabama 35804-2888 ( Sympathy cards may be sent to the RAI office: Randolph Associates, Inc. 3820 3rd Avenue South, Suite 100 Birmingham, AL 35222


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Henry E Randolph

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Gary Iloff

November 23, 2013

Dear Jayne, I am so sad to hear of your loss. Henry and I became friends years ago back in Houston. He was a wonderful friend. Its nice to know that the two of you enjoyed time at the farm, I had the opportunity to spend time updating the farm house and the little house across the road. My heart goes out to you and the family.

Heather Memmelaar

August 27, 2013

Jayne, I just heard about Dr. Randolph and I am so very sorry for your loss. He was such a great man and I feel honored to have worked for him and such a great company. He taught me so much and it was always a pleasure to speak with him on the phone. Even though he was incredibly busy, he always made me feel like our conversation was the most important thing at that moment. He always had time for me, and always ended the call with a funny comment. What I appreciated most about my time with RAI was that Dr. Randolph always followed up on his promises. He didn't say things he didn't mean and his proof was always in the pudding. He was a great man and the word was a better place because of him. He will be greatly missed.

Kaye Robertson

August 9, 2013

Jayne, I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. May Our loving Heavenly Father wrap his arms around you and give you comfort during this difficult time.
Love and prayers, Kaye

August 7, 2013

Dear Jayne,
I would like to say how much I will miss Doc. He was the best boss or the best person to work for ever and I have worked for four employers in my career. I remembered when he called me on my birthday 2 years ago. How many bosses does anyone have that called you on your birthday?
I also remember when I first met him in the Birmingham office 5 years ago. Later on that day we met with a manufacturer who makes a certain allergen verification test. I complaint with excitement and passion that the test was cumbersome and took too long to get the result and I want them to make it simpler and less time (my complaint is what you would call beat up the supplier) and at the end of the meeting Doc said to me; Lam do you need a hammer? I laughed about it then and still laughing now when I think of Doc.
I am so proud to be working for RAI and will continue to do so.
With love and respect,

Lam and family (Columbia, SC)

Jamie Lopez

August 5, 2013

Dear Pop,

You were an amazing and wise granddad. Levi and I will miss you very much, and we know you are in a better place, full of love, joy, and peace. Your memory will be forever treasured. We love you. Your granddaughter and great grandson, Jamie and Levi.

Vincent Paolillo

August 4, 2013

Jayne and family: I will deeply miss Dr. Randolph's humor, wit and vast knowledge of the Dairy Industry. He would call me at times and spend an hour discussing everything and anything. When he hung up, I felt energized!! He would make me feel very comfortable and valuable to the company by spending his time with me, teaching me about the business and serving the Customer. I met him while working for my previous employer in 1990 at a Dairy Tech Workshop in Nashville. He later spent many hours at my plant helping to develop our Culture products and Sanitation program. He was always very supportive and always shared recommendations, how to do a job better. I will miss his famous line, "What can I do for you today?" He always believed in serving the Customer and bringing value to the Customers visit. He was well respected in the Industry and I feel privileged to have worked for him. He gave me a wonderful opportunity to expand my knowledge of the Food Industry and share my experience with others. My career at Randolph Associates Inc. surpasses anything I ever had before. I will be honored to support his Legacy, serving and bringing value to the Customer. Most of all how to treat people right and make them feel comfortable and energized. My Family's thoughts go out to you and your family. Please share my condolences with your family.

Gerald Witherington

August 3, 2013

Jayne, I met Henry when I was 33 at Canton, Ms. I asked my boss who he was, he said "why that is Dr. Henry Randolph". I asked what does he do, my boss said he is a consultant. I went into business for myself with Henry as my inspiration. three years later he called me and wanted to hire me. I was very flattered that he would want me but like a fool I turned him down. 27 years later he called me again and after working with him for the last 4 years I honestly wish I had not made that decision 27 years ago. I was honored the first time and greatly honored the last time. I will always regret that I missed the opportunity to work with one of the most wonderful human beings I have ever met. I told Henry this story and he laughed, I said "Doc if you would have called me one more time I wouldn't be in this mess. I deeply regret I lost that opportunity to spend 27 years knowing and working with Henry. I shall deeply miss his sense of Humor, his knowledge, and his kindness. My sincere deepest sympathy to you and your family, my sincere condolences to all who have worked with Henry and had the privilege to know him longer than me.

Gerald Witheringon

Jeff Bloom

August 3, 2013

Henry will be missed by all those in the dairy & food industries that knew him and worked with him and the folks from Randolph Associates. He was certainly a leader in the fields of sanitation and food safety. The Dairy Practices Council will miss his friendship and support over the years.

Don Good

August 3, 2013

So sorry for your loss. I have known Henry since the early 70's through the dairy industry. He was a fine man and always a great help to me.

Maggie Smith

August 1, 2013

I was saddened to learn of Dr. Randolph's passing. He and I never met but knew of each other through the food auditing business. On phone calls we would talk about our days at TTU and of Middle Tennessee (I'm from Coffee County). I would always let him know when I passed through White County. We enjoyed finding out how many people we knew in common. I wish we had gotten to meet in person.