Bobby G. Randolph, age 77, of Crossville, passed away Sunday, July 5, 2020 at his home. He was born February 14, 1943, in Monterey, Tennessee, to the late James and Ruth Beene Randolph. Bobby’s first job was with the Monterey Shirt Factory making boxes. He began his career in the utility industry with a five-year apprenticeship as a lineman. He then became a service man for Volunteer Energy Cooperative (VEC) and held this position for two years. He left VEC to become a safety director for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association (TECA) providing safety classes for utilities across the state. Over the next two years, Bobby worked for the American Public Power Association. He returned to VEC in 1977 serving as district manager for the Monterey service center. In 1980, he was promoted to the Crossville area manager and held the position for the last 40 years. Bobby was very active in the community and served in the following ways:
- Chairman of the Volunteer Behavioral Health Care Systems
- Chairman of the Cumberland County Housing Authority
- Member of the board of One Bank of Tennessee since 1987
- Member of the Joint Economic Development Board
- Member of the Cumberland County Industrial Board
- Vice-chairman of the Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce
- Mayor of Monterey, Tennessee for two terms
- Cumberland county Commissioner for two terms
- Putnam County Commissioner for one term.
Bobby enjoyed playing golf, swimming and traveling. he was of the Methodist faith and was a stout Democrat but would support a Republican from time to time. Two of his favorite sayings were, “don’t worry about the mule, load the wagon,” and “love you like a brother.” Bobby possessed a passion for providing excellent service to his members and to assisting in the communities he served. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife: Sue Kim Randolph; son and daughter-in-law: Jerry and Rachael Randolph of Crossville; stepson: Sai Cope of Crossville; grandchildren: Ashley Randolph and fiancé Charles Jamison, Macey (Zach) Dilldine, Taylor Randolph (Jamie), Hunter (Hanah) Randolph, and John Looney; great-granddaughter: Lily Dilldine; sisters and a brother-in-law: Molly and Dale Myers of Monterey and Jimmie Mae Brass of Crossville; brother: Clay Randolph of Rickman, Tennessee; sister-in-law: Delma Randolph Of Monterey; and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, friends, and his Sunday morning golf group. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son: Rodney Randolph; great-grandson: Grayson Lee Randolph; brothers and sisters: James Walter Randolph, Deane Thompson, Helen Randolph, Bill Randolph, Cleve Eugene Randolph, Sam Ray Randolph, Jimmy Frank Randolph, and Beverly Lee Randolph.
His wishes of cremation with private services are being honored. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations be given in his memory to www.vbhcs.org/.donate
Arrangements and care provided by D.M. Goff Funeral Home in Monterey.