Randolph Reed was the youngest of four children born to the late Wendell and Oalia James Reed of Waelder, Texas. Sadly, his mother passed away when he was just a few weeks old. Years later, Wendell married Cloma and the family moved to San Antonio, Texas. He professed his hope in Christ at an early age and was very active in church as a youth guided by his father and “Mother Cloma”.
In his younger years, he lived on the “Westside” of San Antonio and had remained in touch with many of his childhood friends throughout their adulthood. Known to many as “Breezy Reed” (because of his cool demeanor and impeccable dress), he looked forward celebrating San Antonio/California Day Reunions. He attended Wheatley High School and graduated from St. Peter Claver Academy. He also earned his Associates Degree from St. Philip’s College and was a certified barber. Randolph enlisted in the United States Army and served both enlisted active duty and Reserves. Upon an Honorable Discharge, he continued Civil Service employment and retired after 30 years in the Optical Division.
He worked out his soul’s salvation as an active member of West End Baptist Church, later joining Second Baptist Church where he served with the Brotherhood Council, Sunday School, Men’s Chorus and Men’s Usher Board. He also was involved in the community and his Huntleigh Park Neighborhood Association.
Randolph was happily married to the love of his life, Barbara Jean Graham of Yoakum, Texas for over 60 blessed years. To their union one child, Randy Bernard was born. He quietly gave to those in need, willing shared resources, Bible based words of advice and encouragement. He truly enjoyed spending quality time with friends and family, who affectionately called him “Big Daddy”.
He is preceded in death, by his parents, three siblings, Preston (Evelyn) of Tacoma, Washington, Alpharene Dowdy (Nathaniel) of Dallas Texas, Teresa Evans of San Francisco, California, brother-in-law Theodric Bernard Graham, and mother-in-law Mae Willie Mitchell.
On February 21, 2020, after a brief illness, Big Daddy joined our Heavenly Father. To cherish his memory and move his legacy forward, he leaves a devoted wife Barbara, son; Randy (Etta), two granddaughters; Jasmine Hubbard (Joe III), Nicole, seven great- grandchildren; Joe IV, Jackson, Jarrett, Jordan, Jenesis, Jay and Jade, sisters-in-law; Patty Bailey, Louise Graham, brother-in-law; Joe Evans, extended family member Clarence Marshall and a host of relatives and friends.
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