March 16, 1963 – May 17, 2023
Our hearts are heavy with emotions as our loved one, Randolph Granderson, Jr., lovingly known as “Randy”, of Carson, VA, peacefully entered his eternal rest on Wednesday, May 17, 2023.
Randolph Granderson, Jr., age 60, was born March 16, 1963, in Petersburg, VA, to Randolph Granderson, Sr. and Roberta Granderson. He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Randolph “Klunkee” Granderson, Sr. and Roberta “Rhodie” Granderson; and his brother, Michael Granderson.
Randolph leaves to cherish his loving sisters, Mary Granderson and Michelle Tazewell (Antonio); devoted brothers, Jerome Granderson (Tiffany) and André Granderson (Jenifer); loving aunts, Geraline Dillard and Ethel Mae Williams; devoted uncle, James Granderson (Mary), Langston Granderson and George “Buttercup” Hunt. Lastly we want to acknowledge that Randolph also leaves many devoted nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends; close longtime friend and ex-wife, Marsha Granderson; two devoted cousins, Robert Raines and Leon Jones.
For a brief time, Randolph resided at 1149 Farmer Street, Petersburg, VA. He found great joy as he lived there in harmony with his roomers that accepted him as family, Dennis Crew, Joyce Studivant, Davante Copenny and Katherine Patterson (his landlord). They really looked out and cared greatly for our beloved Randy. Also, Randy had many kind and considerate neighbors, namely next-door neighbors the Browder Family.
Randolph Granderson, Jr., accepted the Lord as a teener age at Rising Mount Zion Baptist Church. He found himself in service praised the Lord, singing, greeting those while in service and lending a helping hand. Randolph as a younger man was led to fellowship with other ministries while in the Petersburg Tri-City areas. At church, he was known for praising the Lord with all his heart. Randolph was known for saying, “he did not want any rocks to cry out for him.”
He attended Prince George Public School System. Randolph received support and instructions through individualized support service programs while receiving his education. He also attended Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center where he achieved vocational educational skills, that would propel him as a young man in the workforce. He worked in several hotels as a maintenance personnel and he had various jobs in the community painting, roofing, construction and labor skills by which he made use of his skills.
Randy was currently employed at Tony’s Restaurant, where he served as a bouncer and doing whatever he could to keep everyone safe and secure as they came into the establishment. He considered himself and was known by others as “Top Flight Security”. Randy was also employed at S&J Carwash as a detailer. He found joy making sure that the cars looked their best and shining like new money. Mr. Put the owner of S& J Carwash as well as the employees and customers would say Randy was known to be a friend and brother. Lastly, he was employed at Bailey’s Tree Services. Randy being tall in statue was a perfect fit. Randy was considered as a great asset providing productive services in tree services. He loved helping in any capacity cutting down trees, clearing debris and hauling it away.
Our loved one, Randolph, had many challenges in his life; but he always tried to make the best of it. Often finding strength through his faith in God, to rise above every obstacle. He truly loved his entire family. His late parents, Randolph and Roberta. His bond between his brothers, Michael, Jerome and Andre words just can’t express. When he loved you-he loved you to the “BONE”. He was always known by his sisters, Mary and Michelle, as our “Big Brother Protector”. His nieces and nephews, “Uncle Randy”, funny, strong and brave.
Randolph found his biggest joy was being there for his whole family and a friend and of service to others that entered his life. I’m sure we all have our own special memories of Randy and hopefully, we never allow those memories to fade away. As Randolph would say, “Keep Jesus Fist and Keep the Faith”!
Services will be held 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, May 24, 2023, in the Chapel of J. M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, VA, Pastor Michelle Tazewell, eulogist. The interment to follow at the Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery.
J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, VA, (804) 732-8911, watch the funeral services live online at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.