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Howard Randolph 62, passed away Thursday, December 31st peacefully at his home surrounded by his beloved wife and sister.
In the words of his wife, Jayma:
“Howard fought a very aggressive form of pancreatic and liver cancer. From the time he was diagnosed and until he passed away was a short span of only 7 weeks.
Howard is survived by his wife of 30 years Jayma (Dill) Randolph; his stepson, Kevin Dill, and his very special sister, Lori.
Howard is also survived by a handful of others he considered his brothers, Jim Anderson of Franklin, Scott Smith of Blountsville, Bill Price of Winchester, Glenn Fultz of Webster, Michael Dean Day of Hagerstown, Joe Combes of Cambridge City, Greg Carey of Connersville. Also, the guys he worked with at Reid Health in the Engineering Department. He also leaves an adopted Sister, Ang and adopted Granddaughter, Nini, both of Virginia. Also included as family friends are Pam Abrams, Carla Combes, Phyllis Fultz, Sandy Carey and Hope Parrett. He will also be missed by his beloved rescue puppies, Chewey and Major.
People who knew Howard would say he was honest and fair man. He had a heart of gold proven by many acts of kindness some never spoken about. One example of his tenderness was selling his pride and joy factory Ford highboy truck when he became sick. He had many offers from people to buy this truck. A young man stopped by this past summer and had information on the original owner of this truck. The young man was the grandson to the original owner. Howard contacted the young man and told him he would sell him the truck. The young man could not get all of the money Howard wanted for this truck. Howard told the young man it was not about the money it was about kindness. He took less money than he had been offered by others for the truck.
Howard was known to many people as The Ford Man... If you needed parts for a Ford truck, Howard was your man. If you were coming to see Howard you better plan to have time because he sure liked to talk. He never met a stranger. He welcomed any and all to our home on holidays so they were not alone. He could tell you about any make and model of Ford truck parts that could interchange and parts you will never find.
Howard was a Wheeler Dealer. He never threw anything away thinking someone may be able to use it. He was an avid recycler. In his spare time Howard could be found in his barn on the weekends with his constant shadow and "gopher" Lori. In past times, pre pandemic at any local car show or auction. He could never pass by a car for sale on the side of the road.
Howard was also known as the garage door man.
He had many customers over the years who called him at all hours to get out of their garage or to put up a new operator or door.
Preceding Howard and death are his parents, in- laws, brothers Pete Van dalsen, Dave Abrams, and Jimmy Walters.
Howard was a hard worker he was a great husband. He worked tirelessly to provide the best he could for our family. He was out in his shop working just a few short days before he passed away. He did not want to go. He had many things left to do. He made a list of things for me to take care of. He had more life to live. Love and appreciate those you love every day, as you are not promised another second, minute, hour, day, week, or year...
Howard was so willing to help, he once helped a man who had narrowly missed hitting us and ended up in the ditch. He pulled the man’s car out of the ditch and the man quickly sped off. A local policeman drove up and asked Howard if he had seen anyone drive by. Howard pointed the direction in which the man had driven away. “That car was just reported stolen.”, replied the officer as he sped away.
I ask that if you knew Howard, please sign the guest book and include a funny story. His sense of humor was one reason I fell in love with him. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
Jayma and family”
Jayma and Lori, I just heard about Howard passing away. Howard was a good husband and brother. I'm sending a prayer that God cradles you, Lori and Howard in the palm of his hand and keeps your family safe. Sending you and Lori a hug.
Donna Walker-Esarey Jan 22 2021 12:00 AM
Howard opened his home to my son and myself during a rough patch. Never did i hear a word of condemnation or critisim. Only words of comfort and encouragement. Howard touched so many people during his sorry time on earth. Heaven definetly gained an angel. Our thoughts and prayers are with you sweet Jayma.
Anne Blodgett Jan 19 2021 12:00 AM
So sorry for your loss Jayma, Howard was a good man.
Dreama Dill Jan 19 2021 12:00 AM
Worked with Howard at Tomasco/Marujun 7 years , was a great guy.. will be missed.
Marty J Moon Jan 7 2021 12:00 AM
Jayma and Brent, so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Howard often plowed our driveway during a heavy snow without us asking and shared many stories about the cars he was working on. We will miss him.
Kathy & Larry Cummins Jan 7 2021 12:00 AM
Howard was a great friend to all the Abrams. We Remember him always in Daves garage with all the boys ( Dave , Troy Dallas Greg Howard ) and many more always under a car. You will be greatly missed but what a grand reunion you will have when you meet up with Dave in heaven. You are probably talking with him now. Yes he was a garage doorman for us too.
Dallas and Sandy Abrams Jan 6 2021 12:00 AM
Sorry for the loss of a great man. Howard will be missed by all that knew him. He was a dear friend.Miss him already.
Kevin elleman Jan 6 2021 12:00 AM
I am a biological sister to Howard. I remember the days when my brother Howard would drag my sister Lori and I to car auctions even though it wouldnt have been our choice of entertainment. But, we always had a blast. Your loving sister, Rogene.
Rogene Jan 6 2021 12:00 AM
I was sorry to hear of my cousins passing. God bless and keep you all. Randy was a special guy
Sandy Robinson Jan 6 2021 12:00 AM
I met Howard some years ago and it didn't take long for me to realize what a kind, gentle man he truly was. His love and dedication to Lori was a special relationship that made me admire him that much more. RIP Howard and know that your presence on this earth touched everybody you met.
Jeff and Mary Jo Barrows
Jeff Barrows Jan 6 2021 12:00 AM