Randy Carol Long Whitfield, age 76, of Asheboro passed away on September 18, 2023, at Randolph Hospital.
Dr. Whitfield was born in Durham on December 26, 1946, to Russell and Anne Hobbs Long. In addition to her parents, Randy was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Whit” Whitfield.
Randy received her BS and MA in English-Reading from Appalachian State and her Educational Doctorate from UNCG. She had retired as the Associate Vice President of College and Career Readiness for Academic and Student Services at the NC Community College system office.
She was passionate about her work in adult basic skills education, and proud of her numerous achievements and awards including “The Order of the Long Leaf Pine” from Governor McCrory.
Randy and Whit loved traveling to many different places, but her heart was always at Harkers Island, where their ashes will soon return together.
She was also an avid reader, enjoyed sewing and quilting. She had her own unique styles in decorating and clothing and always with a little bling. Randy and Whit were avid runners and competed in marathons nationwide. But most of all, she loved to watch her grandchildren participate in many different sporting events.
She is survived by her son, Chad Branson (Stephanie) of Asheboro; daughters, Kellie Telarico (Mark) of Sophia, Carrie Coleman (Rusty) of Asheboro, and Leslie Shoaf (Chad) of Clayton; 6 grandchildren; and sister Becky Herndon (Larry) of Wilson, as well as many nieces and nephews of Wilson.
A Celebration of Randy’s life will be held on Friday, September 22, 2023, at 4:00 pm at Foster Street Wesleyan Church, 214 Foster Street, Asheboro with Pastor Jam Patterson officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.
Special thanks to the ICU staff at Randolph Hospital for their excellent care and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefer memorials to be made in memory of Randy’s remarkable niece, whom we loved so much and miss dearly. Funds are dedicated to scholarships at the NC community college level.
Susan Wethington Memorial Fund, 11043 Simms Road, Bailey, NC 27807.
Pugh Funeral Home in Asheboro is serving the family.