It is with great sadness that the family of Randall Edwards Royals, retired Army SSG, announce his passing at the Hospice House in Burlington, NC on August 8, 2020 at the age of 72. He was born in High Point, North Carolina on June 6, 1948 to Rev. Worth Royals and Mrs. Aldine Royals. He attended J. M. Morehead High School where he was a member of the Glee Club. He had his own band, named “The Royals” which played in local towns, including Eden, NC.
Randall served his country honorably as a Military Policeman in the Army for 19 years,11 months with continuous, honorable active service from 08/10/1976 to 08/31/1996. He served 13 of those years in foreign service, including South Korea, West Germany and Haiti. He was in charge of a security detail stationed at Camp David in 1976-77. He earned 6 Army commendation medals, 6 Army good conduct medals, the National Defense Service medal, Army Service ribbon and 4 Overseas service ribbons. He trained and was accredited as an official D.A.R.E officer in Garmisch, Germany by the LA police officers who began the original D.A.R.E program in Los Angeles, Ca. He taught the D.A.R.E program in Ansbach, Germany. serving as the E7 in charge of base security there during “Desert Storm: Desert Shield,” the Iraqi war.
Randall loved to sing. He had a beautiful tenor voice, played the guitar and was an accomplished actor who played the lead in many overseas theatrical productions, including “Camelot,” “Bus Stop” “The Sound of Music,” “Once Upon a Mattress,” “Pirates of Penzance.” He also directed “Bus Stop.” He loved to travel and to learn new things. He spoke conversational German, French, and Korean. He went back to school after retiring from the military and earned a double BA degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology, graduating with honors from LSU/ Natchitoches in 2000. He worked with disabled and troubled youth after retiring. He taught Criminal Justice Distance Learning classes in 5 NC high schools for the School of Science and Math in Durham. He was an avid Duke Basketball and Football fan because his father attended Duke Univ. on a scholarship. Randall had a wonderful sense of humor and kept all his family and friends laughing throughout his life. He was a tremendous patriot and Christian and loved his country, his God and his family with all his heart.
Randall is survived by his wife of 30 years, Virginia Schinkel-Royals; a daughter, Mary Beth Maxwell Royals, (husband Derk) a son, Scott Royals, (wife, Tricia Royals) and 4 grandsons, twins Austin and Bryce Maxwell and Leighton and Liam Royals; a brother, Brent Royals and sister, Rosanne Martin.
A graveside service with full military honors will be held for him at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to: Hospice House, Burlington, NC, the American Diabetes Association or the Alzheimer’s Association.
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