Margaret Evelyn Ray Randall



Margaret Evelyn Ray Randall, 88, of Lillington, North Carolina, passed away April 23rd 2018. She entered eternity at home with the same grace and peace with which she lived her life. Margaret was born to Roberta Braswell Ray and Edward Larkin Ray in Avery County and grew up in the mountains of N.C. After attending Berea College and ASU, Margaret moved to Harnett County to work as a Home Extension Agent. She married William H. Randall Jr. and they raised two daughters, Dianne and Patricia.

Margaret’s second career was as director of Harnett County Library. She served the public in this arena for 27 years. She worked diligently to move library services into the future of information services and was instrumental in the building of a new facility. After retirement she followed interests in health and nutrition as a WIC counselor. An accomplished musician and vocalist, Margaret was in the original cast of the historical drama, “Horn in the West”. She sang for countless weddings, funerals and church events. As a devoted member of Lillington Presbyterian Church since 1954, she held many offices and was honored with the Women of the Church lifetime membership. Community organizations that benefitted from her energy and organizational skills included; Four Seasons Garden Club, Tea and Topics Book Club, RSVP, Meals on Wheels, Cancer Survivors, Prime Time, Berea and ASU Alumni, and Friends of the Library.

Gardening was one of Margaret’s first loves. She always maintained a beautiful yard that was enjoyed by the community during the Easter sunrise service at Peebles’ Pond. She was a certified “Master Gardener”. All of her friends, family and neighbors enjoyed her bountiful blueberries. Margaret was pre-deceased by her parents, her dear husband Bill (of 53 years) and a brother, Bob Ray. Survivors include daughters, Dianne Randall Bruton (Mark) of Wilmington, Patricia Randall Black (Donald) of the home, Granddaughters Rebecca Bruton Edwards (George), Lauren Bruton Albert (Michael), step granddaughter Candice Cockerham (James), three great-grandchildren and three step great-grandchildren, three step great-great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Celebration of Life and Resurrection service will be Thursday, April 26th at Lillington Presbyterian Church at 2:00pm. A visitation with family will precede the service in the Fellowship Hall at 1:00pm. Burial will follow the service at Westview Cemetery in Lillington.

Memorials may be made to Lillington Presbyterian Church Building Fund, PO Box 245, Lillington, NC 27546 or the Harnett County Library Friends of the Library, 601 S. Main St., Lillington, NC 27546.