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Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel & Oaklawn Cemetery

4801 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL

OBITUARY

Lester Kenneth Randolph

January 6, 1937November 30, 2019

Mr. Lester K. Randolph, 82, suddenly passed away on Saturday, November 30, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. He was born in Jennings, Florida to Jesse and Katie Randolph on January 6, 1937. He was educated in the public schools of Florida.

Lester enlisted in the United States Navy in 1957 and served until 1962. After which, he received his bachelor’s in Science from Edward Waters College/FAMU. While in college, he pledged Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. in 1966. He then pursued a master’s in psychology from the University of Florida. As one of Duval County’s Outstanding Educators, Mr. Randolph was employed as a Teacher, Dean of Boys, and Assistant Principal before retiring after rendering over 30 years of dedicated service. Mr. Randolph always had a passion for helping people. After retiring from the Duval County Public School System, he started Professional Service Systems, a janitorial company, and was in business for 12 years. Later, he formed North/South Florida Human Services, a drug rehabilitation program, funded by the State of Florida for 19 years. Lester went on to earn several advanced certifications including a Master in Addiction Counseling, a Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology, and was Certified as a Criminal Justice Specialist. He had a life-long passion for the outdoors. He enjoyed gardening, planting and all types of yard work.

Mr. Randolph was predeceased by his parents, Jesse and Katie Randolph and two brothers, Jesse, Jr. and Willie Randolph. He leaves to cherish his memories a loving wife of 31 years, Eleanor Randolph and 5 children. Three sons, Kenneth (Denise), California; Roland (Jackie) Florida; Kevin (Kim) Florida. Two daughters, Valarie, Florida; Leslye (Victor), Florida. Four siblings; James (Wanda), Florida; Connie, Florida; Mary (Elijah), Florida; Haywood, Florida. Eleven grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and sorrowing friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel, The Legacy Lodge, 4801 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida 32207. The home going service will take place at the funeral home at 11:00am on Friday, December 6, 2019 followed by interment at Oaklawn Cemetery.

Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens, THE OAKLAWN CHAPEL, 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville 904-737-7171.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, December 5, 2019
  • Home Going Friday, December 6, 2019
  • Interment Friday, December 6, 2019

Memories

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Kevin Randolph

December 4, 2019

I love you POP rest in peace. I remember POP, always take care of your family .

Eleanor Randolph

December 4, 2019

Honey and I would drive to Lawtey to see his older sister. Our favorite spot was an ice cream parlor that we always stopped by after visiting a couple of hours. Honey loves ice cream especially black walnut and butter pecan. We would always have to get 2 scoops; which he had NO BUSINESS eating. I will miss our drives and our ice cream cones which we shared together. It was really crazy to see him trying to eat that ice cream and drive. I will love you always!

Leslye Randolph

December 4, 2019

I remember when I was in Elementary School at St. Andrews Episcopal Day School, there was a cookout and on the menu for the students was either hotdogs or hamburgers. Well, me being daddy's baby, I didn't want either of those, so dad gave me his adult lunch, which was chicken. Everybody asked, "How did you get chicken?" He would always put me and my mom before anything. Love and miss you daddy!


P.S. There is a half bag of Cheetos still in the truck as we speak.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY