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Fountain Pitts Randle

The Roanoke Leader December 1904
NEWSPAPER ABSTRACTS FROM "THE ROANOKE KEADER", Roanoke, Randolph Cpunty, Alabma for December 1904

NEWSPAPER Isue of Wednesday, December 21, 1904


The death which it becomes our sad duty to announce today carries sorrow to many hearts through his and adjoining counties. Hon. Fountain Pitts Randle has passed away. His demise came peacefully a quarter before twelve o'clock last Monday morning at his home in this city. At his bedside were his faithful wife and brother, his pastor and several neighbors. Though sad this scene, the entry into rest of a faithful, noble soul was doubtless hailed with joy by sainted spirits on the river's farther brink.

For several years, Mr. Randle had been in feeble, failing health. The breakdown of his physical man, over the protests of his heroic will power and after a life of remarkable activity, was occasioned by a fearful wound received during the Civil War. The immediate cause of his death was pneumonia, which developed a few days before.

Mr. Randle was a member of the famous Kentucky Orphans' Brigade and was a gallant defender of the Stars and Bars. In one of the great battles of that bloody war he received the wound, from a broken shell, which ultimately led to his death. But in times of peace he was no less a hero than in war. Coming from a fine old family in Tennessee, he inherited many strong characteristics. To strength of intellect and culture he added an unselfish zeal and an integrity of manhood worthy the emulation of his fellows.

Looking back over the pages of this useful life, as far as memory carries us, with grateful recollections and kindnesses shown, we are profoundly impressed that the world is poorer and that humanity has lost a friend, now that Fountain P. Randle has fallen. But it is not for us to praise him. His ten thouand kindly deeds do that. Many widowed and fatherless ones, who have felt his helping hand along life's rugged way, will bless his memory so long as love and gratitude shall live.

Ever since the close of the war between the states, Captain Randle has been prominently identified with the public and business life of this section. He was born in Tennessee, September 25, 1839 but married in West Point and afterwards engaged in business there. Later he came to Rock Mills and for years had charge of the cotton factory at that place. The history of Rock Mills and Randolph County could not be written without ascribing to F.P. Randle, a prominent and worthy part of it. At one time he represented this county in the legislature. He was always foremost and fearless in every fight where the moral interests of his people were at stake. For all this he did not escape criticism, but he modestly met it and judging now by the fruits of his life, he has received the commendation of "well done" from Him whose wisdom never errs and who said "them that honor me, I wii honor".

The Prince of Israel of whom we write was a life-long member of the Methodist Church. Practically all of his mature life he was an official in that church. Yet he was a man of great catholicity of spirit. His hand of charity was extended to all who came within his reach. To his wife and brother and only son, he bequeaths a memory of constant, unselfish devotion and to his fellow men, a life whose influence is an inspiration and blessing.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in this city at 10 o'clock yesterday morning conducted by Revs. W.T. Andrews and H.M. Stevenson. Owing to a failure to circulate the notice in time, camparatively few of the friends of the family were present. The interment was in the family buring ground at Rock Mills, where a short service was held.

(Information submitted by Jayanna Dotson, Find A Grave contributor on March 12, 2013)

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Fountain Pitts Randle (25 Sep 1839–19 Dec 1904), Find A Grave Memorial no. 59791376, citing Stevens-Sharman-Randle Cemetery, Rock Mills, Randolph County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Mary Enzor Smith (contributor 46862968) .