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OBITUARY

Richard Rutherford Randolph III

September 7, 1939June 27, 2020

Richard Rutherford Randolph III, 80, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones, on June 27th, 2020. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma September 7, 1939 to Lillian Fant Randolph and Richard Rutherford Randolph, Jr. After WWII, in which his father served in the rank of Major as Post Engineer in the Army Air Corps, the family returned to Birmingham, Alabama. Richard’s families were pioneers in Birmingham. Richard grew up in Mountain Brook, attended Crestline Heights Grammar School and Shades Valley High School. In 1955, he transferred to the Sewanee Military Academy from which his grandfather, Richard Rutherford Randolph, Sr., graduated c1879. After graduation from SMA, Richard attended the University of the South-Sewanee 1957-1958 then transferring to the University of Alabama where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business, class of 1961.

He entered the United States Air Force as an officer in 1962 and from Hunter Air Force Base, Savannah, Georgia, flew all over the world with Military Air Transport Command in C-124 “Globemaster” aircraft, including combat time in Viet Nam.

In 1963, Richard married Natalie “Natasha” Blinov of Eufaula, Alabama and Lynchburg, Virginia. In 1966, they returned to Birmingham with their newborn son, Richard Rutherford Randolph IV and Richard went to work for United States Pipe and Foundry Company as a Sales Representative. In 1969, he founded and was President of the Central Trane Air Conditioning Company. Then in 1974 he became a partner and Vice President of Norville-Randolph Realtors. In 1996 they merged into LAH Real Estate where he was CFO and Senior Vice President. While at Norville- Randolph Realtors, Richard was also a General Partner in the Recolonization of Blount Springs, a Duany-Plater- Zyberk designed development.

Richard enjoyed being a part of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club; The Sewanee Club; Mensa International; The Club; Jefferson County Historical Association, Past Director; The King’s Ranch/Hannah Homes, Past Board Chairman; Newcomen Society; Birmingham Historical Society, Trustee Emeritus; English-Speaking Union; Oak Hill Memorial Association, Past President; Veterans of Foreign Wars, Viet Nam Service, and The American Legion. He is listed in Social Register and Marquis Who’s Who. Richard was an active church liaison to Boy Scouts of America Troop 53, where each of his three grandsons earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

Richard retired from the real estate business in 2001. He and Natasha have doted on their grandchildren, traveled and enjoyed their family home on Brushy Face Mountain in Highlands, North Carolina.

Retirement gave Richard and Natasha the opportunity to broaden their calling to a life in service to Jesus Christ, their Savior and Lord, through Bible study and teaching, and through the healing prayer counseling/ministry as members of the Metropolitan Church of God, where he was an Elder, and St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Mountain Brook.

Retirement also gave him opportunity to further pursue his family’s genealogy. Eleven of his ancestors were signers of the Magna Carta. He is a lineal descendant of Charlemagne; of the Family of Robert the Bruce, First Scottish King of Scotland; John Rolfe and his wife, Pocahontas, were his 9th great grandparents. This led to his participation in the Society of Magna Carta Dames and Barons; St. Andrew’s Society of the Middle South, Past President; Order of Descendants of Ancient Planters, Chaplin; Jamestowne Society; Order of First Families of Virginia; Society of Colonial Wars; Sons of the American Revolution; Society of the Revolution in Alabama; Society of the War of 1812; First Families of Alabama; Order of First Families Alabama Territory and others.

Preceding Richard’s death were his parents and brother John Nevitt Randolph. Richard’s is survived by his wife Natasha, his son, Richard Rutherford Randolph IV, wife Patricia Ann Farmer Randolph, grandchildren Richard Rutherford Randolph V, Robert Carter Randolph, Brett Edward Randolph, Jessica Lee Randolph all of Birmingham; and son Ryland MacKenzie Randolph, wife Aubra Gateley Randolph of Mobile, Alabama and sister-in-law Virginia Randolph of Shelby County.

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Dr. David Nelson

July 1, 2020

Deepest Sympathy in the loss of Mr. Randolph. We were proud he embraced Greensboro as his ancestral “home.”
David Nelson at Glencairn

Linda Perdue

July 1, 2020

Collis and I were childhood friends of Tasha. We extend our sympathies and wish the whole family comfort and peace.

J Samuel Henderson III

June 30, 2020

It was a pleasure to serve in the Saint Andrews Society of the Middle South and share great times with Richard Rutherford Randolph, III.

On behalf of the Society, please accept our condolences.

Woody Norman

June 30, 2020

Pat and I were saddened when we learned of Richard's passing. We heard this news at our church when someone prayed for Richard's family that they may be comforted. Although I have not seen Richard or Natasha for some time now, I always enjoyed our conversations about the colonial history of the Colony, then Commonwealth of Virginia. Thomas Jefferson's name came up a few times, of course.

To Richard's family: May God the Father embrace you in your mourning: May God the Son guide you as you grieve; and May God the Holy Spirit comfort you in the days and weeks ahead.
Blessings, Father Woody.

Donald Christian

June 30, 2020

So sad to hear this news. Richard & Natasha were so kind to Tracey and I over the years and we always looked forward to seeing them both at the annual St Andrews Society Christmas event. Richard was a consummate Southern gentleman with a wicked sense of humor. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched. Our hearts and prayers are with Natasha, their children, and grandchildren. Requiescat in Pace friend.

Stan Graves

June 29, 2020

Natasha and family, Steve Coleman let me know about Richard's passing away this past Saturday. I am greatly sadden to learn this because of our friendship that goes back to St. Andrews of the Middle South to about 1973, with both of us becoming President, and to the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, and also with Society of Colonial Wars. I always enjoyed seeing Richard in his white tie and tails and you all dressed to the "tee". You and Richard were always very helpful with your kind words of support and prayers for my bout with lung cancer. Caroline and send our sympathy to you and your family. May you be comforted by all of the wonderful memories and that your many friends are with you at this difficult time. With affection, Stan