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Ruth Phyllis Randolph

"The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living"
Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Ruth Phyllis Randolph

Ruth Phyllis Randolph was born in Lexington, S.C. to Viola Jones-Lomax and Samuel Lomax, January 2, 1935. The second child of seven. Ruth was a loving caring woman of her six siblings. This would serve her well in the future.

     In the 1948 her family moved temporarily to Brooklyn, NY then later to Floral Park, L.I. They finally settled in Elmont, L.I. where she attended and graduated from Sewanhaka High School. Ruth was a member  of the women’s basketball team and often played stickball and other sports with her friends.

     Elmont is where she met her husband of 67 years, John P. Randolph. The couple were  high school sweethearts. On January 25, 1954  they married in Harlem, NY  and eventually brought a home in Hollis, NY. There Ruth was a homemaker to her husband and three children. While living in Queens, they visited then moved to Burlington, NJ.

     Ruth settled into life in Burlington where she became a longtime member of Tabernacle Baptist Church, a member of a bowling team and volunteered for the local Democrat Club. Life in Jersey led Ruth to make the decision for the family to begin fostering children. She and John decided to adopt son Scott, as an addition to their family. That began a longtime relationship with the State of NJ Department of Children and Families. Ruth used her early child rearing skills which garnered her several foster care accommodations from the state of NJ.  She, along with the family, were featured in a public television program about raising children in the foster care system. Ruth also became the neighborhood babysitter to many working parents.

    After retiring from fostering children 1987, Ruth went to work at Burlington Coat Factory Distribution Center. She was head of security and was honored by the company several times. Ruth retired from BCF in 2009 after a long career with the company.  She enjoyed her time traveling, gardening,  caring for her home and dog, Kibbles..  

     Ruth leaves to cherish her memory: her husband John P. Randolph, daughter Lisa Hudson, son John P. Randolph III, daughter Denise Nikki Randolph, son Albert Dial and preceded in death, son Scott Randolph.  Her brother Robert Lomax, sister-in-law Jeannean Lomax and their two children. Ruth leaves seven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and the Mereday family.

She will be remembered always as being incredibly sweet and caring to those she met and loved her.


Celebration of Life for family only will held Friday, January 15, 2021 11am Public walk through viewing will be 10am- 11am at the TL Hutton Family & Friends Funeral Services, 869 Beverly Road, Burlington, NJ. Services will be Live Streamed at

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