Dr. David Paul Randlett

September 2, 1938October 15, 2010

Dr. David Paul Randlett, 72, of Forest went to be with his Lord on Friday, October 15, 2010 after a short illness. He is survived by his wife of 47 years M.J. Randlett. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, September 2, 1938, he was a son of Lillian Anne Saicoe Randlett of Lynchburg and the late Paul Norman Randlett. Dr. Randlett was a graduate of Eastern Nazarene College and Peabody College, Vanderbilt University where he earned his master’s degree in music. He served on the music faculty of Free Will Baptist Bible College in Nashville, TN from 1965 – 1973. He moved to Lynchburg to continue his ministry with both Liberty University and Thomas Road Baptist Church. Over the past 37 years, Dr. Randlett was on the faculty of Liberty University and had served as the minister of music for Thomas Road. For several years he directed the choir and led music for the Old Time Gospel Hour television program and directed the I Love America touring program for Dr. Jerry Falwell. He was the director and producer of many Living Christmas Tree programs and was the Founder of the Sounds of Liberty. For the past 10 years, he was the Senior Associate Pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church. In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by one daughter, Karen R. Goodwin and her husband Rusty of Forest; one son, Paul H. Randlett and his wife Jenny of Lynchburg; one brother, Douglas H. Randlett and his wife Jane of Forest; four grandchildren, R.J. Goodwin, Tyler Goodwin, Justin Snyder and Jessica Ackerman and her husband Chris and one great grandchild, Liana Ackerman. A memorial service celebrating David's life and ministry will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at Thomas Road Baptist Church with Pastor Jonathan Falwell officiating. The family will receive friends following the service until 9:00 p.m. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Thomas Road Baptist Church, 1 Mountain View Rd., Lynchburg, VA 24502 the Liberty University Center for Worship, 1971 University Blvd., Lynchburg, VA 24502 or Gleaning for the World P.O. Box 645 Concord, VA 24538. Whitten Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Timberlake Chapel, is serving the Randlett family. To send condolences online, please visit


  • Celebration of Life and Ministry Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Dr. David Paul Randlett

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Vangie Poggemiller

November 15, 2010

Dr. Randlett's Hymnology class was one of my favorites in college - I still have my notes. His cheery smile and optimism will be missed here on earth.

Wayne DeFrance Lawton

November 3, 2010

Dear Cousins, May the Lord comfort you. We have let members of the Zahniser Family know of this great loss. Prayers will continue for you.

Jeni Westervelt

November 3, 2010

Dearest MJ, Karen and Paul,
My heart is breaking for you all now as I just received word of the loss of your kind and gentle husband and father. I too know a little of your pain for my wonderful father went to glory last month. Know that my prayers are with you and what great respect I had for Mr. Randlett

Mark Merritt

October 29, 2010

Sorry I am a little late getting this posted. I had problems several times getting this site to work. Please know how sorry I am to hear of David's passing.

Bernee Tuttle

October 26, 2010

Mrs. Randlet and family. Wes and I are so very sorry to hear about the passing of Brother David. We had the privilege of working with him for many years at Liberty. He was a great man and always a pleasure to work with. Bless you all in this time of grief. God is with you along with the love of so many friends like us.

Carol & 'Rita' Bryant

October 24, 2010

M.J. and family. We hurt with you. David was our friend and we valued his friendship. Know that you are in our prayers as we send love and sympathy

October 24, 2010

Just found out about David's passing. Just recently, needed to call David to ask about some music that the Old Time Gospel Hour choir did years ago. One of the local churches here is still using some of the music and David was kind enough to help us out. Fond memories of LU Bookstore and working with MJ. My heart goes out to you and your family. David leaves a lasting legacy. Ruth Joiner Story, Harrington, De.

October 21, 2010

It has been many years since I knew David and M.J. in Nashville. They were such a blessing to our church and to our family. David was such a wonderful choir director, and the training served me well when I went to college.

Please know that we are remembering your family in our prayers.
Beth Willis Riggins

Luke Woodard

October 21, 2010

I'm so sad to hear about your dad's passing. Your dad had a big impact on my life, and reading through this guestbook, I see I wasn't the only one. I'll continue to pray for you and your family as you grieve this loss.

Allen Polson

October 21, 2010

You will be missed. Thank you not only for touching lives everywhere you walked, but for touching the lives of my family. My prayers go out to the family.
Allen & Peggy Polson
LBU '78