Minister Randolph Hedgepeth

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Enfield, NC

Minister Randolph Hedgepeth, 94, of Enfield, North Carolina.

The life and story of Minister Randolph Hedgepeth is both inspiring and noteworthy. Born on March 12th, 1924 to the late Joe Hedgepeth and Katie Lynch, he was the first-born of fourteen children of their home in Enfield, NC. His obedience to the Lord’s will was rewarded by a remarkable 94 years of life that included enjoying the four generations of his offspring. On March 28th, 2018, the Lord beckoned his faithful servant home to rest. Despite enduring the loss of his son and later his helpmate, battling with health complications and the effects of accruing years, Minister Hedgepeth never wavered in faith or faithfulness to the Lord or to family. Those who spent time around him can fondly remember him laying hands and interceding on their behalf to God to ease an ailment, or singing the old songs of praise with conviction no matter the circumstance. With a contagious enthusiasm for the Lord, he lived his life fully and completely.

Minister Hedgepeth had a reputation for high work ethic, and was an exemplary figure in the logging and farming industries, and ultimately retired from Eastern Process in Rocky Mount, NC after a long career. One of his most important decisions in life was to accept Jesus as his personal Saviour at the young age of 13. His whole life was dedicated in service to the Kingdom through teaching Sunday School, faithfully fulfilling the responsibilities of a Trustee, Deacon, and Chairman of the Deacon Board, and church upkeep at his lifelong home church of Ivory Hill Baptist Church. He also instituted the Monday night prayer meeting on his property that became a relied upon service for his family and community, and in 1999, he was ordained as a Minister of the Gospel under the leadership of Bishop Shelton Daniels. On March 24, 1945, Minister Hedgepeth joined in Holy Matrimony with the love of his life, Lucille Richardson, and from this loving union bloomed a family of five daughters and two sons. Through their lives, the Hedgepeth family remained deeply rooted in faith, community, and communion with their church family at Ivory Hill. Minister Randolph Hedgepeth was known as a just man who loved the Lord, loved his family, and loved to sing and pray. His legacy will continue to inspire love and discipleship in all those he encountered.

Minister Hedgepeth was preceded in eternal rest by his parents, Joe and Katie Hedgepeth; his wife, Lucille Richardson Hedgepeth; his son, Lonzie Hedgepeth; his granddaughter, Stephanie Lynch; his brothers, Curtis, Jake, Frank, Early Mack, Leonard, and Bill; his sisters, Adlay, Pearl, Roberta, Lola Bell, and Pattie; and his sons-in-law, Arthur Evans, Julius Caudle, Jr., and Carey Lynch.

Remaining to honor his memory are his children, Ossie (Tennie Mae) Hedgepeth of Enfield, NC, Josephine (Jack) Lynch of Enfield, Lillie Mae Evans of Essex, Gertha (Harvey) Crudup of Louisburg, Dollie Caudle of Enfield, and Arnetia Lynch of Whitakers; daughter-in-law, Carilton Hedgepeth of Whitakers; brothers, Simon Hedgepeth of Enfield, and Joe Ed Hedgepeth of Rocky Mount; 31 grandchildren; 87 great grandchildren; 27 great great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Beulah Hedgepeth of Enfield; along with countless nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

A Visitation for Minister Hedgepeth will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, on Sunday, April 1, 2018, in the Roanoke Rapids Chapel of H.D. Pope Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm, on Monday, April 2, 2018, at Ivory Hill Baptist Church in Enfield, NC. The Interment will take place immediately after the Service in the Ivory Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

These professional services have been entrusted to H.D. Pope Funeral Home, located at 520 Smith Church Road in Roanoke Rapids, NC.

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