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Grady Randolph Named Limestone’s Philanthropist of the Year
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Grady Randolph (left) with his wife, Mary after being named Limestone's Philanthropist of the Year.
Cherokee County native and resident J. Grady Randolph has been named Limestone College's Philanthropist of the Year. The announcement was made during a recent luncheon at The Piedmont Club in Spartanburg.

Currently serving his second term on Limestone's Board of Trustees, Randolph has generously supported projects to renovate and maintain campus buildings and their contents, including the Winnie Davis Hall of History and Granberry Art Building. He also has been a stalwart supporter of the Limestone Fund, the Saints Club athletics booster organization, and the Limestone College and Community Choir.

In making the presentation, Limestone President Dr. Walt Griffin said, "Grady has demonstrated that any hope for the future lies in not taking, but in giving. He knows that ‘giving and sharing have always been the way wise men and women have built the world for others and for themselves.' For all that he does to make this world a better place and for all that he does for Limestone, we are proud to honor him as our Philanthropist of the Year."

Limestone College is not the sole benefactor of Randolph's generosity and helping hand. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Randolph--now a retired manager of J. Randolph, Inc. one of the largest specialized haulers in the state--dispatched his trucks to Mississippi to carry disaster relief items. He also provided his trucks for assistance with the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child, a shoebox mission project. For First Baptist Church in Gaffney, he has been appointed Life Deacon after serving on the church's Board of Deacons, and served as the bus driver for trips taken by the First Baptist Young at Heart Seniors Group. His steady hand also provided safe journeys for participants of the Salvation Army's after-school program while he served as volunteer bus driver. He has been a member of the Gaffney Lions Club for many years and as served as President of that organization. In addition to his current leadership position with the Limestone Board of Trustees, Randolph is also a Board member for the Gaffney Board of Public Works and First Piedmont Federal.

In 1998, Randolph was named South Carolina Motor Carrier Executive of the Year by the South Carolina Trucking Association, Inc., an organization for which he served as Board member and President. The plaque he received for that award noted, "He comes through time after time with a handshake, a smile, and a humble and sincere heart."