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Beverley Randolph "Randy" Wellford Jr.
October 25, 1957 ~ January 24, 2024 (age 66) 66 Years Old
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Beverley Randolph “Randy” Wellford, Jr. of Surfside Beach, South Carolina, died Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at home with his loving wife by his side.
Randy was born October 25, 1957 in Wilmington, Delaware, the second child of Beverley Randolph Wellford and Joyce Ellin Moale Walmsley Wellford. He attended Tower Hill School and Holderness School. Randy started college at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and later graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.A. in English in 1981. He received his law degree from Washington and Lee University in 1985.
Randy spent more than two decades raising his daughter, Rachel, and working as an attorney in Richmond, while serving on the vestry and helping with youth programs at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. He relocated to Northern Virginia, where he later met his wife, Karen, whom he married in 2016. They moved to Surfside Beach in 2023.
Randy loved being outside. During his final years in Burke, Virginia, he spent many hours gardening on the hill next to his home, dubbing it “Wellford’s Folly”. He always made time for mountain biking trips with his childhood friends, well into their old man years and even when it meant a few broken bones. He loved playing tennis with his Fat Boys in Richmond and getting out on the water to sail. For years, Randy coached youth soccer and basketball for his daughter’s teams; obsessively watching Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s VHS tapes on the fundamentals of basketball. Randy was a history buff, an avid reader and loved to share his favorite movies with others. He was a musician and music lover; you could often find him playing the Grateful Dead on his guitar in the second shed he built to work on his bikes and listen to music. Randy was a lifelong fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, supporting the Birds through thick and thin. He was also a big dog lover, being the best friend to many pups over the years. But above all he loved his family and friends and being a dad.
Randy was preceded in death by his parents, Bev and Joyce. He is survived by his wife Karen (Luebs) Wellford, his daughter Rachel Hollingsworth Wellford, his brother Bede Walmsley Wellford (Leigh Breidenbach), his sister Ellin “Ellie” Wellford Grant (Michael), his stepchildren Russell Gartman (Betsy), Dale Gartman, and Grace Gartman, step granddaughter Chloe Gartman, nephew Jan Harrison Wellford (Megan), nieces Katherine Steele Wellford Seidman and Emma Randolph Grant, his grandnieces and grandnephews Finn Bernard Wellford, Matilda Mary Wellford, Jacob Donald Seidman, and Corina Joyce Seidman, as well as many cousins and friends.
There will be a memorial service at a later date.
Cremation Services Direct (843-651-1194) of Myrtle Beach, SC, is assisting the family with the arrangements.