Henry England "Doc" Randolph of Birmingham died July 29, 2013 after a courageous and resilient battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS). Henry was born on May 21, 1935, and grew up on a farm in Sparta, Tennessee. He was the son of the late John Tom Randolph and Mary Louise Randolph of Sparta, Tennessee. He is survived by the love of his life, Jayne Ruffin Randolph. He is also survived by his four children, Kenneth England Randolph, David Thomas Randolph (Andrea), Marsha Randolph Jimenez (Gonzalo), Beth Randolph Smith (Johnny) and two step-children, Paige Elmore Wright (Jon) and Samantha Elmore Reichle (John). Additionally, he leaves behind eleven wonderful grandchildren, Jamie Nichole Lopez, Katie Randolph Dornier (David), Kelley Rose Randolph, Jackson Davis Randolph, Julia Alexandra Jimenez, John Caleb Reichle, Elisabeth Jayne Reichle, Samuel James Henry Reichle, Pierce Asa Reichle, Luke Ruffin Wright, Katherine Ann Wright and a great-grandson, Levi Elliot Lopez. Henry graduated from White County High School in Sparta, TN, continuing his education at Tennessee Tech University earning his B.S. degree. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Dairy Technology & Microbiology from The Ohio State University. Henry was Professor of Food Science at Texas A&M University, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Dairy Technology at the University of Kentucky, and also served as an Instructor and Research Associate at The Ohio State University. He chaired numerous committees through his extensive memberships in professional organizations. Henry was the President/Founder of Randolph Associates, Inc., established in 1977. He was a renowned Food Scientist among the Food and Dairy Industry, affectionately known as the "Milk Doctor." He produced numerous publications/articles geared to improving food safety and quality in the dairy industry. Henry was a member of the Institute of Food Technologists, American Dairy Science Association, International Association of Food Protection, and International Dairy Foods Association-Gold Business Partner. Henry was an advisor to several state and national organizations. He believed in working to his fullest potential in everything he did. His development of teaching and research programs, as well as his numerous publications had an invaluable impact on the Food and Dairy Industry. Henry's enthusiasm and vigor within the industry was admired among all his colleagues. Henry leaves an irreplaceable mark within the Food and Dairy Industry. Henry loved spending time with his wife on their farm in Sparta, Tennessee. Rides in the convertible, sunrises, and sunsets on the farm are what brought Henry the most joy. He will be missed greatly by everyone who knew him. He touched many lives.
A private family viewing will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Johns-Ridout's Elmwood Chapel, 800 Denison Ave SW, Birmingham, AL, followed by a memorial service at 11:00 a.m.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, August 1, at 11:00 a.m. at Hunter Funeral Home, 120 W. Brockman Way, Sparta, TN, followed by burial at Saylors Cemetery, Sparta, TN.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The ALS Association Alabama Chapter, P.O. Box 2888, Huntsville, Alabama 35804-2888 (www.ALSAlabama.org).
Sympathy cards may be sent to the RAI office:
Randolph Associates, Inc.
3820 3rd Avenue South, Suite 100
Birmingham, AL 35222