Franklin ‘Randy’ Kyle


Franklin “Randy” Kyle of Elkins, West Virginia, passed away Saturday, April 17, 2021, at Mountain Memories Assisted Living and Retirement Center under the care of Mountain Hospice.

He was born in Elkins on Aug. 20, 1933, to the late Clifford Lloyd and Eva Mae Wright Kyle.

On Dec. 24, 1956, he married Juanita June George at the Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Gail Shaffer and husband, David, of Elkins, and Paula Leonard and husband, David, of Eldersburg, Maryland; four grandchildren, Ben Shaffer and wife, Lisa, Adam Shaffer and wife, Jessica, all of Elkins, and Kyle and Sara Leonard, of Eldersburg; and one great-granddaughter, Norah Shaffer.

Also surviving are four brothers, Arnold Kyle, Phil Kyle and wife, Marlene, Jeff Kyle and wife, Janice, all of Elkins, and Jim Kyle and wife, Sue, of Keyser; three sisters, Mary Rowan and husband, Buddy, Martha Roy and husband, David, and Brenda Kirkpatrick, all of Elkins; and one sister-in-law, Lorena Sinsel of Elkins. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his wife of 65 years, Juanita; sister, Patty Miller; brother, Edgar Kyle; brother-in-law, John Kirkpatrick; and sister-in-law, Kitty Kyle.

He was a graduate of Elkins High School; class of 1952. Randy worked as a salesman for T&W Sales until he was drafted by the United States Army during the Korean War.

After serving two years in the Army, he returned to Elkins and rejoined T&W Sales. After leaving T&W, he became part owner of Elkins Builders Supply, where he served as vice-president and secretary. He was part owner of Elkins Builders Supply for over 40 years.

He was a member Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church, H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion, past member of the Elkins Zoning Board of Adjustments for over 40 years, and a member of the Elks Lodge 1135 for over 60 years.

To ensure the safety of family and friends, a graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at Mountain State Memorial Gardens near Gilman. Rev. Dr. Peter Vial will officiate and internment will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Davis and Elkins College, 100 Campus Drive, Elkins, WV 26241 in memory of Mr. Kyle.

The Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Franklin “Randy” Kyle. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.