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Forest Wayman (Bud) Randolph Jr

July 2, 1928 ~ September 2, 2018 (age 90)


Forest Wayman (Bud) Randolph Jr, 90, of Salem, and first born of F.W. Randolph Sr and Ireta Ruth Queen Randolph passed away on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018 at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital. He was born July 2, 1928 in Clarksburg.  He was preceded in death by his first wife Ernestine C Plaugher, who passed away July 18, 2003.  He is survived by his current wife, Maxine Criss Randolph, sons of his first marriage, Dalyn L. Currey and wife Beth, Mickleton, NJ, Neil E Randolph and wife Martha, New Manchester, WV; step sons, Robert Criss and wife Debbie, Good Hope, Randy Criss and wife Lisa, Marshville, Tim Criss and wife Linda, Clarksburg, Darren Criss and wife Cindy, Bridgeport; three grandchildren, Gregory Higgins and wife Kelly, Washington, DC, Stuart Currey, Hong Kong, China, and Jaclyn Randolph, Alexandria, VA; eleven stepgrandchildren, thirteen step great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild; two sisters, Ruth E Randolph and Mary Etta Randolph of Salem. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, John H Randolph. He was a graduate of Bristol High School, Class of 1947. Bud was employed by the C&P Telephone Co from 1952, retiring in October of 1984.   He was a highly skilled key and PBX specialist.  In 1974, Bud was employed by the Upshur County Commission to be Emergency Services Coordinator a part-time job he held until 1985.  A Korean War Veteran, Bud was a supply sergeant with the 1092 Engineer Battalion during their deployment.  He was also on active duty during the Berlin Crisis.  During his thirty seven years of Army service, Mr. Randolph was a member of the West Virginia State Guard, West Virginia National Guard, 2093 Army Reserve School, and the USAR Control Group Reinforced.  He retired on July 1, 1988 with the rank of Command Sergeant Major (E-9), the highest non-commissioned rank attainable in the United States Army.  F.W., or Bud as he was largely known by, was an avid hunter.  He supplied many a wild turkey for the family Thanksgiving dinner and loved being in the woods on a warm October day.  Family will receive friends at Greathouse Funeral Home, 1999 W. Main Street, Salem, on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 5-8pm; Funeral Service will be held at Greathouse Funeral Home on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 11:00am with Pastor Dan Cope officiating. Interment will follow at Marshville Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the US Army Reserve of Camp Dawson. Online condolences may be sent to  Greathouse Funeral Home is honored to assist the Randolph family.

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September 5, 2018

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Greathouse Funeral Home and Cremation
1999 W Main Street
Salem, WV 26426

Funeral Service
September 6, 2018

11:00 AM
Greathouse Funeral Home and Cremation
1999 W Main Street
Salem, WV 26426

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