Jerry Randall Sr.
Services for Jerry Wayne Randall Sr., 72, were held March 16, 2011, in the
Anderson-Clayton Bros. Chapel in Kemp with the Rev. Check Weber from Cedar
Creek Lake United Methodist Church officiating. Interment followed at the
Restland Memorial Park in Dallas. The flag folding and presentation was make
by the U.S. Army followed by “Taps.” The Rose Croix was performed by a team
from Hella Temple.
Randall was born Sept. 24, 1938, in Tolosa to Sybil Arletta Barnes and James
Perry Randall and died March 12, 2011.
He graduated from Kemp High School in 1956 having been involved in many
school activities including FFA, football, basketball, track, second
declamation, class favorite, band, volleyball, baseball and senior play.
Randall joined the U.S. Army, becoming a member of the 9th engineering
battalion and went to Germany in February, 1957, where he attended high
speed radio operator’s school. He returned to the states in July, 1959.
In the fall of 1959, he worked at Sears as a sorter and then sold shoes for
Kinney Shoes in the old A. Harris Shopping Center in Oak Cliff.
It was during this time Randall and Rosalie started dating. They were
married Feb. 9, 1962, at Lake Highlands Baptist Church in Dallas.
In the fall of 1960, Randall went to work for Western Electric as an
installer. He progressed to management with Western Electric and managed
crews that installed most of the electronic switching systems for
Southwestern Bell in Dallas.
After 30 years with Western Electric/AT&T/Lucent Technologies, he retired,
and went to work for Fujitsu as a detail engineer for three months.
Randall made a career change and went to work for DSC Communications as a
software developer. He was asked to take a management position, and along
with another developer, produced a new software product which ended up being
After five years with DSC Communication, the company was bought by Alcatel
USA, a French company.
He remained with Alcatel seven more years, at which time he retired again,
moving back to the Tolosa/Kemp area with his family, where he has truly
enjoyed reliving old times with his school mates and relatives.
He attended all the local football and basketball games of Kemp High School
whenever he could.
He enjoyed watching the kids and was an avid supporter.
Randall loved fishing, and as a kid hunted all kinds of game in the Cedar
Creek/Kings Creek area.
Ruth Randall, his grandmother, would cook whatever he brought home for the
skillet or pot.
He was gifted in electronics, computers and watching more than one program
on TV at the same time.
He was an amateur radio operator, a member of Cedar Creek Amateur Radio
Club, whose call sign was WB5ISM, and years ago he made a two-meter “Magic
Wand” antenna, which was unique, and still used on his truck.
He was a member of SKYWARN and participated in storm chasing in years past.
His passion for tomatoes, salsa and jalapeńos was unsurpassed. He loved to
grow tomatoes and peppers, making his “own” salsa and dried peppers.
He was a 50-year member of Kemp Masonic Lodge No. 528, a member of Hella
Shriner Temple in Dallas, and past patron of Gun Barrel City No. 1114, Order
of the Eastern Star.
He was the love of our family and will forever be in our hearts. The family
thanks and appreciates the prayers, food, and support from our church and
community of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother Vivian Marie Randall;
and his daughter Julia Lea Badgley.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Rosalie West Randall; sons Jerry
Wayne Randall Jr. and wife Laura; James Perry Randall; daughter Jamie Leanna
Randall; sister Sherry June Smith; nephews Randy Barnett and Lee Smith.
Pallbearers were Keith Foisey, Michael Jennings, Kenneth Kay, John Taylor,
Cleve Howell and Harvy McDougald.
Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Valentine, Clifton Smith, Jackie Ray, Paul
McDougald, O.D.V. Smith, Eugene McDougald, Harvey McFaul, Herman Stovall,
Paul Smith, Robert Emfinger, Donald Haynie and Larry Gordon.
Donations in his memory can be made to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for
Children or to Cedar Creek United Methodist Church in Tool.
“Today would have been a good day to go fishin’.”
Graveside services for Yvonne Montgomery, 74, were held March 16, 2011, at
Cedar Creek Memorial Park with the Rev. Larry Dunn officiating, under the
direction of Moorhead Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City.
Montgomery was born June 17, 1936, in Meana, Ark., to Gertrude Risenhoover
and Lige Bates and died March 12, 2011, in Athens.
She enjoyed cooking for her family, baking and was an avid quilter.
Montgomery worked her booth at the Big Daddy’s Flea Market for many years.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Paul Montgomery; children Peggy
Brady and husband Bradley; Russell Montgomery and wife Linda; seven
grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; numerous other family members and