Bill Randall

Jan 22nd, 1940 - Aug 3rd, 2018


Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home

Thu, Aug. 9th, 2018 5:00 PM ~ 7:00 PM


Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home

Fri, Aug. 10th, 2018 11:00 AM

Bill Randall

Herrin- William D. “Bill” Randall, 78, of Herrin, passed away at 10:29 AM, Friday, August 3, 2018 at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion.

Bill was born on January 22, 1940 in Mt. Vernon to Donovan and CarrieLee (Irwin) Randall. He married Judith “Judy” Morrison on June 17, 1967 in Pana.

He received his PhD in Educational Statistics and Measurements and worked many years as Assistant Director of Admissions and Records at SIU-C. In this capacity he wrote many computer programs that are still utilized at the university. Prior to retiring from SIU-C, he taught consumer Ed. and history at Mt. Vernon High School.

Bill was civically active having served as President of the Herrin Library Board and Kiwanis. Bill enjoyed Country Western Dancing, travelling to various destinations with his wife and spending quality time with his beloved children and grandchildren. His passion was photography and he was a member of several photography clubs, including ALPS and SI Photography with Little Egypt Arts and Light and Lens in Centralia. He spent four years photographing all of the Civil War Battlegrounds for the 150th Civil War Anniversary. He was currently working on a presentation which included local architecture and historical sites.

Survivors include-

Wife- Judy Randall of Herrin
Daughter- Jill Sanchez and husband Louie of Fredrick, CO
Daughter- Erin Jones and husband Shawn of Sparta, IL
Son- Jeff Randall of Marion
Sierra and Cortez Sanchez
Ella and Kaden Jones

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, August 10, 2018 at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin. Rev. Jeff Pollard will officiate. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM, Thursday, August 9, 2018 at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Herrin City Library and will be accepted at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home/ 201 S. 13th St./ Herrin, IL 62948. For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit

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30 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Mary Jo Peterson

    From: Carbondale, Illinois

    Date: August 4, 2018

    So very, very sorry. Warmest regards to Judy.

  • Guest: Alice hanson

    From: Broomfield, Colorado

    Date: August 4, 2018

    Jill. So sorry to hear this news. Keep all the good memoeies close to your heart. May God’s peace comfort you.

  • Guest: John Goss

    From: Lakewood CA, California

    Date: August 4, 2018

    From my heart to yours my God Bless you.

  • Guest: John & Darlene Reiss

    From: Granite Bay, California

    Date: August 4, 2018

    Our deepest sympathy to the family, may the memories in your heart give you comfort and peace.

  • Guest: Irene Davenport

    From: Murphysboro, Illinois

    Date: August 4, 2018

    my heart and prayers are with you Judy and your family…love you…

  • Guest: Patricia Sanders

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: August 5, 2018

    My condolences to his family. Bill was a fine gentleman and a great photographer.

  • Guest: Bud & Sue Brewer

    From: Goreville , Illinois

    Date: August 5, 2018

    Beautiful memories of a beautiful person. Our sympathies to you all.

  • Guest: Meet Thomas

    From: Mt.Vernon , Illinois

    Date: August 5, 2018

    Sorry to hear, Judy.

  • Guest: Jan Darden

    From: Mt Vernon, Illinois

    Date: August 5, 2018

    Judy, so terribly sorry for your loss. I know how hard it is. We had many good times with you guys dancing. Praying for you and your family.

  • Guest: Roger Irvin

    From: Bartlett, Tennessee

    Date: August 5, 2018

    We are praying for you and your family during this time of Bill’s passing. God Bless you all. Bill and I were classmates of MVTHS class of 1958.

  • Guest: Jim Carl

    From: Makanda, Illinois

    Date: August 5, 2018

    I’m stunned. Had lunch with him on the 18th, as we had most Wednesdays for over 20 years. …He was incredibly generous with his help to me over the years at the University, both before he retired and after he came back.

  • Guest: Bill Thomas

    From: Carterville, Illinois

    Date: August 5, 2018

    Bill has been a good friend since our time together at SIU, he will be deeply missed. Our lunch group, which he has been a part of for so many years, will never be the same. And everyone in the several camera clubs he belonged to will miss his contributions as well. Bill was a truly good person and had so much to give in everything he did. His passing is such a loss to all of us. My condolences to his wife and family.

  • Guest: Jim Noeninger, President Light & Lens Camera Club

    From: Shiloh, Illinois

    Date: August 5, 2018

    Bill was an active and important link to activities between the camera clubs in Marion & Centralia. He will be missed across Southern Illinois

  • Guest: Jeff & Debbie Baker

    From: West Frankfort, Illinois

    Date: August 6, 2018

    Debbie and I are so sorry to hear this. Bill will be missed!

  • Guest: Garry morrison

    From: Sigel, Illinois

    Date: August 6, 2018

    Sorry to hear of your loss. I am sorry that I never had a chance to spend some time with him one on one. I am a self taught history nut. I could talk about the civil war for ever. Remember the good times and celebrate his life.

  • Guest: Mike and Carol Klein

    From: Frisco, Texas

    Date: August 6, 2018

    We are so sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace and comfort in the days ahead. Lean on those memories of a wonderful husband and father. Love to you all.

  • Guest: Barbara J. Higgins

    From: Mt. Vernon, Illinois

    Date: August 6, 2018

    Bill was a wonderful man. Used to line dance with him and wife. He will sure be missed. Rest in peace. Will see you again.

  • Guest: Cher Worsham

    From: Torrance, California

    Date: August 6, 2018

    Cousin Bill you will be missed. I have many fond memories of you.

  • Guest: Karolynn and Sally Eilers

    From: Pana, Illinois

    Date: August 7, 2018

    Judy, Sally and I are so sorry about Bill – since he and I were so interested in the American Civil War, I will be missing our little talks about it – we won’t be able to come to the funeral but know that our hearts and love are with you and the family at this time. Your cousins, Sally and Karolynn

  • Guest: Tammy Bauer and family

    From: Sparta , Illinois

    Date: August 7, 2018

    Soo sorry for your loss . Even though I never had the privilege to meet him he sounded like a very amazing man . Good Give you strength and Peace !!

  • Guest: Gary &Beverly Massetto

    From: St Charles, MO 63303, Missouri

    Date: August 7, 2018

    So sorry for your loss. May God comfort you in your time of sorrow.

  • Guest: Susan J. Murphy

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: August 8, 2018

    To Bill’s family,
    Paul & I send our deepest sympathy. We had great appreciation for Bill. We are away from the area and cannot regrettably attend Bill’s funeral. He was the perfect man to serve Herrin’s public library at the time of transition to the computer age. How lucky we were! He gave a great service to his community, always generous with his time and sharing his expertise. He was special in many ways, and we know you, Judy, and your family will miss him so, as will his library friends. Paul & Susan Murphy

  • Guest: Frank and Jeanie (Randall) Turner

    From: Lewisville, Texas

    Date: August 8, 2018

    We are deeply saddened to hear of our cousin Bill’s passing. I have many wonderful childhood memories of spending time with Bill and his parents on their farm in Dix and their home in MTV. I was always so grateful that Bill stayed in touch over the years. He made several trips to Texas and was always here for Mother’s special occasions. Praying for God’s strength and comfort for you Judy and your family.

  • Guest: Richard & Joyce Randall

    From: Evansville, Indiana

    Date: August 8, 2018

    Sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Our Prayers for you and your family.

  • Guest: Chuck Randall

    From: Sacramento, California

    Date: August 8, 2018

    Hi Judy,Jill, Erin, and Jeff,

    I was shocked and saddened to learn of my cousin Bill’s passing. His parents were icons to me and he was the link. I had a lot of respect for Bill. He was a man of “good character”. Through the years he always made an effort to stay in touch . Whenever we made a trip to Southern Illinois he made it a point to visit us. We were all touched and appreciative when he made the trip to Texas for Moms funeral. You all have my most sincere sympathy.

  • Guest: Brad Simpson

    From: Desoto, Illinois

    Date: August 8, 2018

    Bill was a wonderful guy and a good work friend. We always enjoyed each other’s company. I wish his family peace.

  • Guest: Judy Webb

    From: Carterville, Illinois

    Date: August 9, 2018

    Prayers for you and the family.

  • Guest: Jack Mullinax

    From: Coppell, Texas

    Date: August 9, 2018

    The passing of a great man who was a friend to all those he encountered. A wonderful classmate at Mt. Vernon Township High School.

  • Guest: Michael Keepper

    From: Wabasha, Minnesota

    Date: August 10, 2018

    Bill was a wonderful scholar and gentleman! He was a valued colleague at the Herrin City Library on the Board of Trustees for over 20 years. He supported the preservation of Herrin’s past at the Library’s Herrin History Room. Condolences to Bill’s Wife Judith and his family.

  • Guest: Cathy (Elliott) Briscoe

    From: Saint Peters, Missouri

    Date: August 11, 2018

    Judy, I was so sorry to see that Bill died. I remember all the parties we had at Jeff’s and a few on 16th street when I lived down there. Bill was always so nice and do easy to talk to. Keeping you in my prayers.