In Memory

Randall "Randy" Lee Smitheal

Randall Randy Lee Smitheal

In Memory of

Randall Lee Smitheal

December 28, 1950 - October 18, 2011

Randall Lee Smitheal passed away on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at the age of 60. Randy was born in Houston, Texas on December 23, 1950 to Robert and Gloria Smitheal. He attended Spring Woods High School and the University of Houston.

As a young man, Randy was a talented carpenter and successful home builder. He later joined the family business, Northwest Manufacturing, in Houston. Randy guided Northwest for over thirty years and forged lasting bonds with many of the employees, customers and vendors. He balanced his strong work ethic with a deep commitment to family, both as a devoted husband and a loving father and grandfather. He rarely missed a game or event involving his children, and remained equally engaged in the lives of his many grandchildren. Randy was also admired for his remarkable dedication to his parents throughout their lives.

Randy was a passionate man with a profound sense of duty, but with a ready smile and a quick wit, always on the move, and making the most of life, and by example, showing others how to do the same. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt deer in the Texas Hill Country, from early adventures with his children, continuing all the way until last season. He also enjoyed boating on Lake Travis near Austin, and there was usually a vintage automobile in his garage waiting for a drive down a two-lane road in the country. However, Randy seemed the most at home hanging out with his family and friends at his ranch in Bellville. Many people were fortunate enough to have shared these experiences with him over the years. His kindness and generosity will be missed by all.

Randy is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Rodney Smitheal. He is survived by his wife Deborah Smitheal, his children and their spouses: Jeremy Lee Smitheal, and wife Ellen Smitheal; Amanda Smitheal Tatum, and husband Bradley Tatum; step-daughters: Jacqueline Scanlin, and husband David Scanlin; Cheri Medus, and husband Bobby Medus; Cara Gretch; grandchildren: Emily Lynn Smitheal, Avery Paige Smitheal, Jacob Lee Smitheal, Case Randall Smitheal, Hudson Bradley Smitheal: step-grandchildren: Hunter Holcomb; Cole Scanlin; Kendall Medus; Ryan Medus. Also surviving him is his brother Robert Smitheal Jr.; and sister Cheryl Patton. Randy's family is grateful for the care provided by the doctors, nurses and staff of the Methodist Transplant Center and a special thanks to Dr. Javier La Fuente. A visitation will be held on Friday, October 21 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77079. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 24 N. Masonic Street, Bellville, Texas 77418. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Nora's Life Gift Foundation or Blood/Platelet donations to the Methodist Hospital Blood Center.


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10/23/11 10:55 AM #1    

Donna L. Eschenburg (Baker)

Randy was an awesome person.  He loved life, his family, and all his friends from high school.  He always wanted to help others.  He always thanked God for all his blessing.  I cannot believe he has left us, I will miss him.  I know he is in a better place.  Randy will always be remembered and greatly missed.  My prayers have always been with him.




11/21/11 07:37 PM #2    

Scott C. Smith

I last talked to Randy during the summer.  I was in Bellville taking my mom to her 70th class reunion.  I wasn't invited so I called Randy hoping he was out at his ranch.  He wasn't but gave me directions - drove in - beautiful place.  He and I talked about getting together - he was trying to get a kidney transplant as I recall.  I left a few messages but got no return calls.  I had a bad feeling something was wrong and checked our web site - finding out that Randy was gone.  I'll truly miss him - we visited so much about getting together at Gruene Hall, but never did.  He was a great friend. 

11/27/12 06:16 AM #3    

Karen Siddall (Bates)

I loved Randy Smitheal.  I came to Springwoods in my sophmore year.  I went to home room anxious about my first day.  I was placed in front of Randy's desk.   I felt a gentle nudge in my back & turned my head.  Randy said " What is your name?"  I replied.  Then he said " My name is Randy."  From that day forward that gentle nudge came my way.  Randy always made me laugh.  Our friendship grew through the I treasured his kindness.  He was funny, kind, loving & gentle.   As long as I live I will never forget his incredible spirit.  My love & prayers are with his beautiful family.  I have Randy always in my heart, thought  & prayers   God be with you my dear friend.  Until we meet again.

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