Richard Pierpont Randall

Born in Norfolk, VA on August 4, 1930

Departed on May 8, 2020 and resided in Decatur, Ga

Richard Pierpont Randall passed away at his home in Decatur, Georgia on May 8, 2020. Richard was a pastor and a tireless advocate for displaced children, families in need, civil rights, and other causes dear to his heart. He had an abiding interest and pride in the lives of his six grandchildren and loved traveling to Europe with his wife, Helen, in their later years. His favorite memory was of Chartres Cathedral in France.

Richard is survived by his wife, Helen Pruyn Sloan Randall; son Richard Nathaniel Randall (Renae), their daughter Monica Joy Randall (partner Sébastien Guilbaud) and son Richard Joseph Randall; daughter Wanda Randall Alexander (Jonathan) and their daughter Aleah Elizabeth Alexander; and son Charles Andrew Randall (Deborah) and their sons Andrew Stone Randall, Christopher Drake Randall, and Alexander Cowles Randall.

Born on August 4, 1930 in Norfolk, Virginia to Campbell Lanier and Mary Elizabeth Hall Randall, Richard grew up as one of five boys in Atlanta’s West End during the Great Depression. He was active in the West End Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and was ordained there at the age of 20. He later attended seminary at the Missouri School of Religion and received his bachelor’s degree from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York.

Richard met Helen in her hometown of Macon, Georgia, while serving as associate pastor at her church, the First Christian Church. Always the romantic, he proposed to Helen at sunrise at the highest point of Stone Mountain. After marrying in that same Macon church on June 14, 1957, they began their journey together of almost 63 years. After leaving Georgia, Richard went on to serve as pastor for Disciples of Christ churches in Missouri, Illinois, Alabama, Florida, Texas, Kansas, and Wisconsin, before returning to Georgia at the Disciples of Christ church in Red Oak. After retirement, Richard came “full circle” when he was asked to serve as the monthly guest speaker at his boyhood church, the West End (now Community) Christian Church, an honor he held for over three years.

Richard’s ministry often went beyond the traditional role of church pastor. In Selma, Alabama, he pastored from 1966 to 1968 – a time of great racial conflict and strife. As president of the local ministerial alliance, he initiated the integration of a segregated downtown restaurant. He also led a grieving Selma community in prayer at a memorial service in the local stadium after Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis. Soon after, he helped coordinate the Poor People’s March as the marchers passed from Mississippi through Selma on their way to Washington, D.C.

After 29 years in the Disciples ministry, Richard served 18 years with the Georgia Department of Human Services, DeKalb County. While there, he coordinated food bank operations, volunteer recruitment, and enrichment activities for foster children. His annual pleasure was making Santa a reality by overseeing the provision of toys and gifts for hundreds of children.

Richard was an avid reader and a serious student of theology and philosophy. Through his creative writing of poetry shared with his family and friends he expressed his insights into life. In later years, inspired by the existentialist authors, the writings of Saint Paul, and others, Richard developed his personal philosophy emphasizing spirit, love and empathy.

A celebration of life service will be held for Richard Randall on July 11, 2020. Due to the pandemic, attendance will be limited.

Please contact: helenrandall@bellsouth.net for details if you would like to attend.


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Image Gallery

  • Richard and Helen celebrating 61st anniversary
  • Richard with his four brothers in West End, Atlanta (c. 1948)
  • Richard and Helen at their wedding reception in Sidney Lanier Cottage, Macon, GA (June 14, 1957)


Guestbook Entries

  1. Nathan Randall May 12, 2020 at 11:40 am - Reply

    Mom, nice photos. Dad at 18 with his brothers in West End . . . Your wedding reception in Macon . . . Then flash forward to your 61st anniversary. We are glad to share these memories.

  2. Monica Randall May 12, 2020 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Love you Dada Dick

  3. Carolyn Chamblee May 12, 2020 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    Will miss you Dick.

  4. Darla Taylor May 12, 2020 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Love those pictures, Helen.

  5. Richard Sengpiehl May 12, 2020 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Dick Randall was my minister at the Christian Church in Parsons, Kansas. Not only was he an inspirational speaker, but a wonderful family man.and he and Helen became good friends. Dick’s interests were far ranging. I remember traveling with him to Kansas University to attend a lecture on archeology. And his sermons on existentialism were stimulating. He was a good and decent man and will be missed by not only his family but all the young people he helped

  6. LeConte Babineaux May 15, 2020 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    When visiting my friend Helen and meeting Dick it always felt like they were a loving team who inspired everyone. Dick had interesting ideas and subjects to explore.and recent projects to report on. I will miss his gentility.

  7. David Frankel May 19, 2020 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Richard was one the most intelligent, intriguing, interesting and thoughtful people that I have come across. He always came to office with a book in his hand, a recent story and full of questions about my family as well as my assistants. I had the true privilege of being his dental provider for close to thirty years and our entire staff enjoyed his presence immensely. To Helen and the rest of the Randall family we offer our condolences and wish you all a ‘long life’. We will cherish our many fond memories of Richard.

  8. Carrie Hambrock May 22, 2020 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    Dick was always so nice and so considerate, but had a good sense of humor as well. He was the officiant when I married my children’s father. Several years later, we were divorcing and I met Dick and Helen for lunch. Right off, Dick said, “you can’t hold me responsible for the results; I only performed the ceremony.” We all had a good laugh. My heart goes out to Helen and to the whole family. So sorry for your loss.

  9. Jodi Goodman July 9, 2020 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Helen, I have such fond memories of spending time with your family when I lived in Atlanta, including a wonderful Thanksgiving when I was unable to go home to my family. You and Dick always made me feel welcome in your home. My heart goes out to you, Wanda, Nathan, Casey, and the rest of your family. You are in my thoughts.

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