OBITUARY

Randy Riley Bernamonti

September 12, 1954March 21, 2021
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Randy Riley Bernamonti, a life long Mississippi resident, passed away peacefully March 21st 2021 at the age of 66.

Randy is survived by his brother Tony (Lynda) Bernamonti of Madison MS, his daughter Brooke (Brian) Grainger of Birmingham AL, his daughter Jessica Bernamonti of Madison MS, his three grandchildren Samuel, Luke and Anna Grainger of Birmingham AL and many, many friends.

Randy was born in Jackson, MS on September 12th 1954 to Wilma and John Bernamonti. He graduated from Central High School. He then went on to continue his education at Belhaven University (bachelors), Mississippi College (masters) and Delta State University (specialist). Randy was employed by Jackson Public Schools for over 25 years. His tenure with JPS included teaching math at multiple different middle schools, Assistant Principal at Chastain Middle School from 1997-1999, Principal at Peeples Middle School from 1999-2003 and Assistant Superintendent for JPS middle schools from 2004-2012. After retiring from Jackson Public School district, he was an education consultant for The Kirkland Group from 2012-2020.

Randy was a devoted brother and father. “His girls” and grandchildren were the highlight of his life. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed trips to any pond and lake; a hobby he enjoyed with his brother, son-in-law and grandsons. Randy also loved to duck hunt with countless hunting stories with friends over the years. Randy also helped mold many minds with his years in education, a profession in which he enjoyed immensely. He will be deeply missed every day by his family, friends and all who knew him.

A visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, March 24th at 1:00 pm at Lakewood Funeral Home in Jackson MS. A service will follow at 2:30 pm.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Dr. Terry Pitts, Pallbearer
  • Mr. Brian Grainger, Pallbearer
  • Mr. Tommy Ash, Pallbearer
  • Mr. Mike Aldridge, Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Memories

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Verne Harris

March 29, 2021

To Randy's grandchildren: I knew your Pops for 45 years. He was one of my best friends. We worked together as teachers from 1976-81, at Enochs Jr. High and later at Hardy Middle School. Some words to describe him would be : humble, loyal, kind, sincere, caring, supportive, patient, and reliable. Randy was respected as well as respectful, and a gentleman who absolutely LOVED his children and grandchildren. He was also loved by his teachers and staff and by his many friends.
I will certainly miss my old friend, and I will treasure his memory forever.
Yours truly,
Verne Harris

Latara Watts

March 25, 2021

He was such a sweet nice & loving person he was my principal at Peeples Middle School....he he saved me from a lot of whoopings and suspensions lol...I’m sending my prayers and condolences to the family🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

Helen Frazier

March 25, 2021

I had many opportunities to work with Mr. Bernamonti. He was very respectable, professional and a well-dressed man. Mr. Bernamonti will be missed. Now, Mr. Bernamonti, you can take your rest!! May God bless your family.

Opal Brown

March 25, 2021

Mr. B was my middle school principal at Peeples Middle School. He exhibited professionalism and integrity at all times but what I remember most about him was his humble spirit. Twenty-one years ago he impacted my life in a positive way and he will forever be known for his remarkable contribution to education within JPS. Rest easy Mr. B and sincere condolences to his family!

With Love,
Opal

Ruby Stewart-Davis

March 24, 2021

Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens Iron, and one man sharpens another.
Proverbs 18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
I met Randy Bernamonti in the year 1982 at Hardy Middle School. He was the Michael Jordon of Algebra teachers and I was the records clerk. His personality never let him discriminate against people or status. From administrative level to classified, he always gave respect to all. His caring for people, gained my faith. When Mr. Bernamonti was appointed principal at Peeples Middle School, I appreciated the confidence he had in me to become his office manager.
Mr. B took on every employee as a family member. If anyone had sickness, death or celebrations, he was always there. One year I had surgery and he was out of town, but before the day was over he came walking through the door.
Mr. B unselfishly sharpened many people with all the gifts God gave him. Also,, he never met anyone who did not leave his presence knowing they had met a friend.
An office manager hears many thoughts from a good principal that others do not hear. Tony, he loved going fishing with you even if you all never caught anything,
Jessica and Brooke, he wanted only the best a father could desire for his daughters.
Friends and family, cherish the memories and continue to use the iron he sharpened for you to sharpen others.

Marnetta McIntyre

March 24, 2021

Mr. B was a dynamic man. He was always concerned with how you were doing. When I returned to JPS from another school district, Mr. B was welcoming and encouraging. Mr. B was an avid supporter of the Middle School Association, and I remember being a presenter at one of the conferences and having him to come to all of my sessions to support me. I appreciated that so much. Now, in my retirement, I have had the opportunity to work with him again through The Kirkland Group. He continued to lead with a gentle spirit, but a firm approach. I will miss Mr. B... I look forward to seeing him again when Jesus Christ returns!!!

To the Bernamonti Family, always remember the good times with Mr. B. He was a dynamic man, and he will be missed.

Fredrick Nolan

March 24, 2021

Mr. Bernamonti, as I called him, was a major supporter and fan of JPS' father-engagement programs, WATCH D.O.G.S. and Dads of Destiny™ Conference, as I was district Coordinator of the initiative. As Assistant Principal of Peeples Middle School, he was the instrumental administrator needed at that level to launch the program with the partnership with Dads and Father-Figures who ran the program.

I have very fond memories of how he supported the program, holistically, as well as the Dads' Conference. Mr. Bernamonti was a gentle spirit and compassionate administrator who of served on the annual Dads Conference committee, and made sure that "his dads" showed up! I thanked and thank him for his tireless support of the program and of me.

He will sorely be missed by those who served and knew him. My prayers and condolences are shared for comforting and well-wishes to his family, friends, and loved ones.

Gwendolyn Sanders

March 24, 2021

I will always remember Mr. B. for his kindness and professionalism.

Brian G

March 24, 2021

Randy/Pops -

You will be missed by all of us. You were a great father to Brooke and Jess and granddad to our kids. Our time together on ponds with Uncle Tony will not be replaced, wish we had that time with the boys. Luke this morning spoke of seeing you again in heaven when he gets there, which I informed him I hope it is not soon I need him here. Sam was upset that he was unable to give you his miraculous medal he picked up at mass a few weeks ago before you departed us Sunday night. He swore that it would have made you better. Thank you for saying yes that day I surprised you at lunch with Uncle Tony to marry your oldest daughter. That simple yes allowed me to get a second dad. As a colleague just told Brooke on the phone....you were champion for everyone but silent for yourself and that you were. You are gone too soon but I will cherish these past 15 years we had together. Give Summer Grace a hug and kiss from her parents we love you both. Rest well Pops you deserve it. BG

Calvin Lockett

March 23, 2021

Mr. B or Randy as I later in my life called him was simply an amazing guy, full of life, and a cheerleader for all.
I first met Mr. B as a student at Enochs Junior High , later we came back in contact with each other when I was employed in JPSD, . Mr. B was still my cheerleader from his classroom to mine .
I received a letter of expression today from someone who simply stated how Randy was a gentleman of all gentlemen, and as they closed the letter they said “ I know how close you two were , and he always told me how fond he was of you “.
So as I close let me state for the record Mr. B, Randy Bernamonti, I always felt your fondness , No , I felt your Love , and I hope and pray that you left this life knowing and feeling that I Loved You .
Take Your Rest My Friend. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

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Biography

Randy Riley Bernamonti, a life long Mississippi resident, passed away peacefully March 21st 2021 at the age of 66.

Randy is survived by his brother Tony (Lynda) Bernamonti of Madison MS, his daughter Brooke (Brian) Grainger of Birmingham AL, his daughter Jessica Bernamonti of Madison MS, his three grandchildren Samuel, Luke and Anna Grainger of Birmingham AL and many, many friends.

Randy was born in Jackson, MS on September 12th 1954 to Wilma and John Bernamonti. He graduated from Central High School. He then went on to continue his education at Belhaven University (bachelors), Mississippi College (masters) and Delta State University (specialist). Randy was employed by Jackson Public Schools for over 25 years. His tenure with JPS included teaching math at multiple different middle schools, Assistant Principal at Chastain Middle School from 1997-1999, Principal at Peeples Middle School from 1999-2003 and Assistant Superintendent for JPS middle schools from 2004-2012. After retiring from Jackson Public School district, he was an education consultant for The Kirkland Group from 2012-2020.

Randy was a devoted brother and father. “His girls” and grandchildren were the highlight of his life. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed trips to any pond and lake; a hobby he enjoyed with his brother, son-in-law and grandsons. Randy also loved to duck hunt with countless hunting stories with friends over the years. Randy also helped mold many minds with his years in education, a profession in which he enjoyed immensely. He will be deeply missed every day by his family, friends and all who knew him.

A visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, March 24th at 1:00 pm at Lakewood Funeral Home in Jackson MS. A service will follow at 2:30 pm.