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Bond set for driver in DUI crash that killed pastor

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Billy Randall (Source: Jim Newman) Billy Randall (Source: Jim Newman)
Mary M. Reames (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) Mary M. Reames (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)

Randall spent half of his life behind the pulpit. His ministry began 35 years ago, when he founded Gethsemane Baptist. "Pastor Randall's heart was here," said Pastor Stephen Williamson. "But not particularly this church but everywhere there was a church that preached the book."

Williamson took over the church with Randall stepped down. Williamson says investigators came to the church to tell him what happened, and he broke the news to Randall's wife. "She hadn't slept all night," said Williamson. "I don't think the impact has hit her yet. In the days to come, family is going to be important."

Pastor frank Townsend says Randall was supposed to preach at his church that night. "He had preached a message, here's your life here," said Randall. "It starts here and ends here. You don't know when it ends but between here you have choices to make and you've got an appointed time. When it comes, it comes."

Outside of preaching, Randall loved to fly planes. He taught Stoney Truett how to fly 25 years ago. "He would take time to train you in flying, giving you a Bible lesson, give you a gospel tract and keep coming back for more," said Truett.

A tragic end to a life of a seasoned minister and skilled pilot who touched many. Still, Williamson says pastor Randall legacy will live on. "What a great man," said Williamson. "What made him a great man, a good man was the influence of Jesus Christ in his life."

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