Lawrence Noble Randle, formerly of Harrison Township, died Jan. 11 in his retirement home in Carrollton, Ga. having nearly reached the age of 103. For most of his life, Lawrence resided in Boone County. He graduated from Pinnell High School in 1933 when there was no cash for sending a bright young farm boy to Purdue, so he bravely called on plan B, which was to work hard, save his money, and buy some land to farm. After WWII, this dream became a reality as he bought a small farm near the community of New Brunswick, within walking distance of his high school.
At this time, Lawrence and his wife Violet Scott Randle became a vital part of the close community. Besides the business of running a growing farm, they were quite involved in the work of the New Brunswick Church of Christ, where Lawrence served on the board for many years. His special concern during his time of church leadership was the need for missionaries around the world and the need for scholarships for young people willing to serve the Lord, but who lacked funds for college. Lawrence also found purpose in serving the larger community by working with the REMC as they planned for development and improvements as the needs of the area changed.
In 1977 Lawrence published his first book, Bare Feet and Gravel Roads. This was followed in 1990 with a second, Barefeet Afterglow. During this time of his life people who knew the family will remember that the Randle home was often filled with visiting missionaries, foreign students, and other interesting people who enjoyed the hospitality found on the farm. At this time, Joy Sengkang became a part of the family. Today the entire family considers Joy as Dad's first grandchild. Joy and her husband Kyle Gyger live near Lebanon.
Lawrence leaves behind daughter, Mary Alice Hobson (Temple, Ga.), son, David Lawrence Randle and daughter-in-law Inga Cox Randle (Lebanon), as well as daughter Margaret Ann Shepherd and son-in-law Ronald Shepherd (Temple, Ga.). Six grandchildren loved and respected their grandfather/Papaw, Jon Randle, April Randle and Marshall (Chalais) Randle, Eric (Carla) Hobson of Franklin, Tenn., Scott (Elaine) Hobson of Carrollton, Ga. and Seth Hobson of Temple, Ga. An even dozen great-grandchildren rounded out the family, Ava and Sam Randle, Brad and Cory Witham, Garret, Grant and Ethan Hobson, as well as Will, Sally Randle, Marley, Eva and Ellie Hughes Hobson.
Friends are invited to gather at the New Brunswick Church of Christ at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 for visitation to be followed by the funeral at 11 a.m., which will be led by son-in-law Ron and other family members. Minister Mark Clark will officiate at the interment in the family plot at K of P Cemetery in Lizton. Myers Mortuary in Lebanon has been entrusted with the local arrangements.
Online condolences: www.myersmortuary.com
Published on January 17, 2018