Randall Birchfield, age 65, of Elizabethton, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in the Johnson City Medical Center.
A life-long native of Carter County, Randall was born January 30, 1949, to the late Robert Howard and Mabel Kathleen Ellis Birchfield. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Dave and Minne Bullock Ellis; his paternal grandparents, Dave and Delia Garland Birchfield; a sister, Sandra Kay; and a brother-in-law, Bob Goddard.
Randall was a 1967 graduate of Elizabethton High School, where he was active in sports, including the track and football programs, of the school. Randall played football at ETSU and was a part of the 1969 team that had an undefeated season and won the Grantland Rice Bowl against Louisiana Tech. In addition, he was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the “T” Club.
He graduated from ETSU in 1973 with a B.S. in Business Administration and received his Master’s in Business Management in 1976. After graduating from ETSU, Randall was a supervisor at Beaunit Corporation. He attended the First United Methodist Church in Elizabethton.
Randall began his real estate career in 1974 as an affiliate real estate broker. He earned his broker’s license in 1977 and began his own business, Randall Birchfield Real Estate, in 1977. He was named Who’s Who by the National Board of Realtors and was selected Outstanding Young Men of America.
He was a past President of the Jaycees, a founding member of the Elizabethton Board of Realtors, where he served as Secretary and later as President, a member of the Design and Review Board of Urban Renewal, and a member of the Northeast Tennessee, Tennessee and National Association of Realtors. He was a licensed realtor and auctioneer in both Tennessee and North Carolina, a certified and licensed residential real estate appraiser and completed real estate appraisals and testimony in most of the areas court systems.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Jennifer Goddard Birchfield, of the home; two daughters, Ashley Brooke Blevins and husband, Jason, Elizabethton, and Alexandra “Allie” Gillenwater and husband, Chris, Roanoke, VA; two sisters, Judy Kuhn and husband, Bill, Elizabethton, and Peggy Holly and husband, Dr. Jack Holly, Elizabethton; two brothers, Powell Ellis and wife, Gloria, Elizabethton, and Kim Birchfield and wife, Tammy, Elizabethton; five grandchildren, Andrew Randall Blevins, Elizabethton, Jackson Robert Blevins, Elizabethton, Kate Blevins, Elizabethton, Stella Lee Gillenwater, Roanoke, VA, and Lucy “LuLu” Gillenwater, Roanoke, VA; and aunts, Selda Wilson, Juanita White, Atchinson, KS, and Gladys Nance, Bluff City. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Randall is also survived by his special friends, Stanley Willocks, Russ Swanay, Darrell Willocks, Jerry Huskins, Jerry Hitechew, Tammie Jones, Phil Jones, JB Shepard, Janet Mottern Ensor, Ruthie Mottern Lewis, Jeff Chambers, Floyd Storie and Margie Range.
The celebration of life service for Mr. Randall Birchfield will be conducted at 3:00 PM on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at First United Methodist Church of Elizabethton with Rev. Ray Amos, officiating. A eulogy will be provided by Mr. Russ Swanay. Special music will be provided by the ETSU Faculty Bluegrass Band, Loretta Bowers and David Arney.
The family will receive friends at the church from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM, prior to the service on Saturday; or at the residence at anytime. Honorary pallbearers will be members of EHS Class of 1967.
Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers, may make donations to First United Methodist Church, 325 East E Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643.
Words of sympathy may be sent to the Birchfield family through the funeral home website, www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
Tetrick Funeral Home Riverside Chapel, Elizabethton, is in charge of the arrangements.