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Late Businessman Honored by Commissioners

Longtime Tyler businessman, the late Robert “Bob” Gene Randall, was honored by the Smith County Commissioners Court with a resolution on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.

Commissioner Jeff Warr called Randall a friend and mentor who was always encouraging and who wanted to do good for the community.

“If there was something positive he could do for his community … he worked his tail off to make it happen,” Commissioner Warr said.

The Commissioners Court adopted a resolution proclaiming May 31, 2016, as “Bob Randall Day” in Smith County. Members of Randall’s family received the resolution by Commissioner Warr, who also read it in court.

Randall was 85 when he passed away on May 14, 2016.

After serving as an officer in the U.S. Army, he began working for J.C. Penney in 1955. He worked for the company in Shreveport, Louisiana and Florida; working his way up to district manager in Dallas. He moved to Tyler in 1971. He continued working for J.C. Penney, located at the time in the Smith County Courthouse Annex; and helped plan, build and open the first J.C. Penney store in a mall between Dallas and Shreveport. Randall worked there until his retirement in 1988.

Throughout the years, Randall served on many boards and organizations, including the Tyler Independent School District Board of Trustees, United Way, Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, Tyler YMCA, Opportunities in Tyler, Tyler Commercial College and the Smith County Heart Association. He was instrumental in bringing the Better Business Bureau to Tyler and served as its first chairman.

Commissioner Warr said Randall served as a mentor to many young professionals in the community, and he was an inspiration to others.

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