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Randy Lee Markham
Date of Death: June 18, 2021
Juanita McFall-Bishop
Deena Alfonsetti
Deidre Compton
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Visitation
South Chapel
1260 Front Royal Pike
Winchester, VA 22602
Thursday 7/15, 1:00 pm
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South Chapel
1260 Front Royal Pike
Winchester, VA 22602
Thursday 7/15, 2:00 pm
Cemetery
Memorial

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Randy to:
Tunnel To Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10306

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South Chapel
1260 Front Royal Pike
Winchester, VA 22602
Thursday 7/15

Following the service

Randy “Top” Markham, a larger-than-life figure, dedicated patriot, and grateful man left this world on Friday, June 18, 2021, at his home. Randy was born in 1954 in Lansing, Michigan, the son of the late Maynard K. and Marilyn J. Markham. He grew up in Bath on a small farm and attended Bath High School. …
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Suzanne Eckhardt left a message on July 21, 2021:
I'm very sorry to hear of Randy's passing. I served with him in Germany in the mid-80s.
Scott Donnelly left a message on July 15, 2021:
Tammy, It was my distinct pleasure to have known Randy as a Soldier, Co-worker at JB&A, and dear friend. Randy and I spent many hours on the golf course together and just chatting and cutting up with one another over the years. He was a wonderful person all around and I will miss him immensely. His time here on earth was short but he leaves behind a long and profound legacy that will be with all of us for years, and years to come. My sincere condolences to you and your family and my peace be with you. Sincerely, Scott Donnelly MSG(R) & Former JB&A Director of HR
Juanita McFall-Bishop left a message on July 15, 2021:
My thoughts & prayers are with the family!
Mark Choiniere left a message on July 15, 2021:
Condolences to the Markham family. Randy was a fellow soldier, JB&A co-worker, work colleague at NGA and golf buddy. We had some great times whether at work grinding through constantly changing program budgets or on the golf course. He was well respected in our business and sought after in our business unit to help provide program and budget management on important technical investments. He came on board as we stood up the Persistent Surveillance Office and with a few key folks, helped Jim Seybold and us "Program Managers" build a business unit. He was a heavy lifter for NGA InnoVision (now Research) program and budget actions for a dozen years. Randy was a great golfer-he was the low iron, high ball hitter in our scramble partnership--I never played with anybody else who could hit his long irons higher: the joke was you should get a drink on that flight! I miss our scramble outings but mostly Randy's wit and catching up on his work with kids basketball and his philosophy on getting and keeping them involved through classic Army motivational approaches. I still have 4-5 new boxes of Titleist golf balls from winning scrambles over the years-I think we won a dozen or more over the years with Randy's help. Condolences to family and friends. RIP Top-A life well lived and memories to be cherished.
John Persichilli left a message on July 15, 2021:
So sad to hear of Randy's death. Though our paths were somewhat different I celebrate the service he gave all of us. R.I.P. Sargent
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Deena Alfonsetti left a message on July 15, 2021:
Tammy and family So sorry for you loss . Randy will live Thur your memories and in your hearts god bless and comfort you all
Deena Alfonsetti left a message on July 15, 2021:
Tammy and family I am so sorry for your loss, Randy is still watching over you and live though your memories and in your heart . God bless and comfort you all Deena and nick Alfonsetti
Deidre Compton left a message on July 13, 2021:
Randy was my cousin and I have so many wonderful memories of our childhood. You will be missed.
Seana Markham left a message on July 13, 2021:
In memory of Randy Lee Markham, Seana Markham lit a candle
Jack Brown left a message on July 13, 2021:
Randy Markham Dear family, What a wonderful and incredible life story that you have written and shared. I had the privilege of knowing Randy as a classmate and member of the class of ‘72. Seventh grade meant the start of organized sports with the main sport at our little school being basketball. From the first practice in seventh grade, it was easy to see the skills Randy had developed shooting baskets in the old family barn and all the playground pickup games he played. Throughout his junior and senior high school career, he excelled with his dribbling, passing and shooting. As he moved to his junior and senior years, he added the gift, grace and skill of jumping. During practice he and Paul, Royal and others (with that shared gift) would leap and practice their dunking skills. The rest of us flat footed members watched with amazement! Randy had another skill and that included his fun camaraderie . It could show up in a classroom, or lunchroom, but was often used during a sports practice. His laughter, jokes and comments made those various sports a lot more fun and helped us all feel part of a real team. It’s so easy to understand how he continued to develop that great skill even further in his military career. In football, helmets were often painted. During the games, as linemen clashed with the opponents across the line, the helmets would often pickup a streak of color from the opponent’s painted helmet. Even better, the collisions would cause our own decals to be “streaked” on the helmet. During the following week’s practice we would notice and admire those who seemed to have the most “souvenirs”. During our senior year, Randy was the center and a very solid blocker after the play would start. Randy realized if we were checking out each other’s helmets, the opponents must be doing the same…the more marks, the more “proof” the wearer of such a helmet needed to be feared. He noticed his helmet didn’t have many to boast about. Just prior to practice one day, Randy started laughing, and then loudly stated, “I’m going to terrify the guy that lines up across from me”. He took his helmet in his right hand grabbed someone else’s in his left, then started strategically clashing both helmet together to get the best “battle look” he could. With that great laugh, he put his helmet back on, “that should scare ‘em”. Had the whole team laughing and we all headed out to the practice field. Speaking of being “on the 71-72 basketball team”, I was on the team because of Randy. Because of an injury I wasn’t able to wrestle my senior year. I was talking to Randy and he said, “Come out for basketball!…we’re going to have a great year! COME ON I’ll talk to the coach!” Randy knew my poor skills, and to this day I’m dumbfounded he encouraged me, humbled that spoke to the coach on my behalf, and ever so grateful to have been a member of that team. Rest In Peace my dear classmate, teammate and childhood friend. Jack
Thomas Townsend left a message on July 13, 2021:
Randy and I had great times playing basketball in high school and after graduation, condolences to the Markham family, rest in peace my friend.
Kim And Royal Dobson left a message on July 13, 2021:
We were lucky to be lifelong friends with Randy. We loved having him during deer hunting season in Michigan at our home. He really was one of the finest men we ever knew. So many fun times growing up together, basketball, hunting, poker playing (one of the best) along with good times at the Bath American Legion. He and his family were one of the greatest influences for Royal in his early years and we are forever grateful. Our love to Tammy and the family, may his memories comfort you and be in your hearts forever.
Bill Torpey left a message on July 11, 2021:
I have known Randy for over thirty years. We were stationed together in Wildflecken, Germany in 1988 and again at INSCOM Headquarters in 1998. He was a consummate military professional squarely focused on the mission and the welfare of his soldiers. One of the very best who selflessly served his nation. Randy was also instrumental in the creation and the annual planning and execution of the MICA Golf Tournament, which, over the course of twenty-two years, became the premiere golf tournament in Northern Virginia. Randy will be missed by the many soldiers and golfers he influenced in his life. Requiescat in Pace
Bill Finnegan left a message on July 11, 2021:
Randy and I played golf together, often, and in some tournaments as partners. We shared a love for the game and military history, especially WWII. He became a great friend. He was a competitor, for sure, but also had a big heart - he was the kind of guy you knew would be there for you if you needed someone. He is missed.
Harold Ford left a message on July 8, 2021:
I played a lot of golf with Randy. A pleasure indeed. We pushed each other to play well. I will miss him greatly. Harold
Rhonda Sayen left a message on July 6, 2021:
Mr. Markham will be missed. He always had a smile for me and I loved talking to him when he came out to golf. It was an honor to know and serve him at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club.
Omps Funeral Home left a message:
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