William Calvin “Bill” Randolph, 91, passed away March 14, 2023 in Ridgeland. He was born July 7, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. A graduate of C. E. Byrd High School in Shreveport, Louisiana, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Louisiana Tech University, where he also lettered in baseball. He married the love of his life, Martha Temple Randolph, on October 17, 1953 in Shreveport, and celebrated nearly 67 years of marriage before Martha’s death on October 9, 2020.
Bill and Martha moved to Jackson in 1962 where Bill worked for Mississippi Valley Gas Company until he retired in 1987 as Vice President of Rates and Pipeline Supply. It was also during this time that he was awarded the most creative design for natural gas transportation rates by the American Natural Gas Association. In 1987, he started his own company, Utility Management Corporation, and served as President until his retirement in 1999. Bill was certified as a professional engineer in both Louisiana and Mississippi. In 2007, he was awarded Life Member Status in the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Mississippi Engineering Society. In 2012, he was given special recognition by the governor of Louisiana for his 59 years of licensure as a professional engineer with the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board.
Bill was a member of Saint James Episcopal Church where he served on the vestry in various capacities. He was a long-time member of the Rotary Club and also served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Ira C. and Willa Randolph, his sister, Joanne Randolph McAlister, and his wife, Martha. He is survived by his sons, Howard Randolph (Evelyn) and Steve “Chief” Randolph (Sophie). He will be fondly remembered as “Pop” by his grandchildren, Will Randolph (Kayce), Nash Randolph (Katie), Peyton Randolph (Isabel), Miriam Randolph Prince (Kevin), Mary Elizabeth Randolph Ferriss (David), and Steven Randolph (Lydia). He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Wimberly Prince and Paxton Ferriss.
The Randolph family also thanks and extends deep appreciation to The Blake in Flowood and to Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland for their kind and compassionate care during the past few months. Memorials may be sent to Saint James Episcopal Church or Hospice Ministries, Inc. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 25 at Saint James Episcopal Church. The service will be not only for Bill but also for Martha who died during Covid. Visitation will begin at 10:00 in Oak Ridge Hall and the service will be held at 11:00 in the sanctuary.
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