Joseph Franklin Randolph

Published 9:36 am Friday, September 29, 2017

Joseph Franklin Randolph, 86, died on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home.

He was born in Buncombe County on Feb. 5, 1931 to the late James Franklin and Mattie Nell Spivey Randolph. Mr. Randolph served in the U.S. Air Force as a staff  sergeant during the Korean Conflict and was stationed at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida.  He received the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He worked for Biltmore Dairies for several years in Asheville, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem and for Bob Neil Pontiac/Mercedes, Bill Plemmons RV World, and Jeff Plemmons RV Superstore in Mocksville.  Mr. Randolph was a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church for 45 years. He loved spending time with his family and was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, and woodworking. He and his wife loved to travel in their RV and they got to visit 48 states together.

Preceding him in death was his wife, Doris Byrd Randolph; and a sister, Doris Simpson.

Surviving: 2 daughters, Beverly Johnson (Gary) and Cathy Miller; 4 grandchildren, Chris Johnson (Jody), Greg Johnson (Paula), Heather Dyson (Justin), and Hollie Lowery (Tim); 4 great-grandchildren, Harper Dyson, Camden Dyson, Jackson Lowery, and Josiah Lowery; a brother-in-law, Clarence Simpson; nephew, Tim Simpson (Sharon); and a niece, Susie Simpson.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 at Bethlehem United Methodist Church with Dr. Chuck Baker officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel.

Memorials: Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Lane Winston-Salem, 27103.