Randall Nelson of Hickson, Tennessee, died September 13, 2022. He was a tremendous man of integrity and honor. His greatest joys in life have been serving the Lord, the city of Chattanooga, and caring for his family. Born on January 10, 1941, to the late Russell and Mary (Bills) Nelson in Omaha, Nebraska. Graduated from Palmer High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Desiring to make a difference in the world, he enrolled in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. After completing his first year at the height of the Cold War, he decided to join the army. He trained at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, and was stationed in Fort Knox, Kentucky at the Engineering Demolition Training Group—one of the very few times in life he disobeyed his mother with a twinkle in his eye. He will go on to join the JAG Army Reserve Corps. After completing his regular military service, he entered the University of Tennessee-Knoxville Law School. Upon graduating in 1968, he accepted an offer from Eugene Collins & Company in Chattanooga. Mr. Collins became a mentor and friend. Randy went on to plead before several courts on behalf of the city, including the US Supreme Court. After Mr. Collins retired in 1990, Randy succeeded him as the third attorney general for the City of Chattanooga. Randy was able to see the city at its best and worst during his tenure. He worked tirelessly to defend the city and its interests and served as the city’s attorney general until 2009. He was proud that two of his close friends, Michael McMahan and Philip Noblet, would later become the city’s attorney. He has also served as a member of the Chattanooga Industrial Development Board and has helped secure funding for numerous projects over the years – even delaying his retirement in order to work on legal requirements and details for the Volkswagen plant. Randy was a past president of the Tennessee Municipal Bar Association, a member of the Chattanooga and Tennessee Bar Association, and Phi Alpha Delta. He was also a great father. He coached Little League in Middle Valley and basketball at the Hixson YMCA for both sons, never missed a play or a musical show, and was always there to give support and encouragement to the whole family. He was a deacon and elder at the Red Bank Presbyterian and later joined the Hixson Presbyterian. Reverend Herb Broadwater helped negotiate the land on which the new Hixson Presbyterian Church stands today. Randy has been a proud fan and longtime UTK football ticket holder. He was glad he lived to see the Chicago Cubs World Series win, supporting the Bears, Blackhawks, and Celtics. He is left to be remembered by his wife of 54 years Caroline, his son – Kenneth, his son – Keith and his wife, Jessica, his grandchildren – Abigail and Zachary, his sisters-in-law – Janice Jarrett and Sandra Pinter, his nephews – Chad, Jason and Justin, nieces- Kelly and all their family members, Fur Friend- Sasha, with many cousins throughout the Midwest. We will miss him dearly and remember him for the example he gave in life. The family would like to thank the staff of Ascension Living Valley and Soddy Daisy Health Care Center for their kind, loving, and attentive care over the course of a long battle with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Commemorative contributions to memory may be made to either the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, P.O. Friends will be greeted by family from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, September 18 at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home. A celebration of Randy’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, September 19, at Hickson Presbyterian Church, 1450 Jackson Mill Drive, Hickson, TN 37343 with Reverend Robert Johnson and Reverend David Fugate. The burial will follow at Chattanooga Memorial Park. Please share your thoughts and memories at www.chattanooganorthchapel.com Arrangements by North Chapel Church of Chattanooga Funeral Home, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, TN 37343.
Posted on September 17, 2022