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Maurice Perry Randle, 87, piloted the High Cotton II to win the 11th Annual Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament

Maurice Perry Randle
Maurice Perry Randle

SUMTER, S.C. — Maurice Perry Randle, 87, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, at his residence.

Born in Greenwood, S.C., to Maurice Bozeman Randle and Nelle Perry Randle, he was reared by his aunt, Grace Randle, in Sumter.

He graduated from Edmunds High School and attended Presbyterian College where he was a member of Kalpha Alpha Fraternity.

He served as a first lieutenant at Fort Smith, Ark. After his service in the U.S. Army, he began his career in the municipal water works business with his father as a salesman for Cities Supply Company, eventually owning the company and growing it to a total of three locations. He went on to invent the “Stretchbox” and founded Aqua Pioneer Corporation.

He was a life member of the American Water Works Association as well as serving on the advisory boards and councils of Dresser Manufacturing Company from 1978 to 1980, Rockwell International Corporation-Municipal and Utility Division, Johns-Manville Pipe Company and the Community Board of NBSC, continuing as emeritus status in his retirement. He was awarded the USA Design Award for Corporate Graphic Design.

He was a golf enthusiast and enjoyed boating. One of his proudest moments was piloting the High Cotton II to win the 11th Annual Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament with his crew.

He is survived by his wife, Emily Asbill Randle; daughters, Laura Gainey Hancock (Sterling) of Graniteville, S.C., and Melissa Primm (Tom) of Carolina Beach, N.C.; granddaughter, Emily Gainey Brazier (Chad) of North Augusta, S.C.; and special friends, Gene Osteen and Brenda Pack.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 5, at Bullock Funeral Home, 1190 Wilson Hall Road, Sumter, SC 29150. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wilson Hall School, 520 Wilson Hall Road, Sumter, SC 29150; or to the charity of one’s choice.

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