Dale Randolph has been awarded the Book of Golden Deeds by McMinnville’s Evening Exchange Club for his lifetime of work in the community.
“The person we are presenting the Book of Golden Deeds award to tonight is, and has always been, known as a hard worker,” said McMinnville Evening Exchange Club member Jennifer Boyd. “Growing up on a farm hauling hay, chopping tobacco, learning how to build houses, and learning the glazing trade from his father, who owned and operated a glass and cabinet shop in Sparta, he is a man of many talents.”
Born April 20, 1954 to Leo and Louise Randolph, he has one sister, Susan Randolph, wife Debbie and two children, son Justin and daughter Whitney, and two great-grandsons, ages 6 and 8.
“He is known as an excellent basketball player with the position of center, and having an outstanding hook shot,” Boyd revealed in making the surprise presentation to Randolph. “He helped lead his team to the boys state tournament in 1972 and his team was dubbed The Blitz Kids by a Nashville newspaper due to their speed up and down the court.”
After graduating sixth in his class in 1972, he moved to Knoxville and attended an electronics school where he met his future wife, Debbie. In 1974 they moved to Sparta were he started work at Mallory Controls as an electronics process engineer.
“In 1993, Dale took advantage of an opportunity to partner with George Thomas Glenn with Martin-Glenn Glass Company,” Boyd noted. “In 1995, the handshake agreement was fulfilled and Dale became the sole owner, retaining the business name of Martin and Glenn Glass Unlimited, LLC.”
Randolph attends Central Church of Christ, carrying on his hard work there. He is very involved in the worship and work of the church where he leads singing on a regular basis, supports the benevolence program with funds for the purchase of food, and participates in the jail ministry program. He is a talented song leader and speaker for the jail ministry of Warren County on Thursday nights.
Among the many things he does, Randolph also supports the men’s shelter that houses homeless men, both with funds and his own labor.
“He truly has a passion for helping those who are in need, both spiritually and financially,” Boyd said.