Joel Randy Attaway

July 11, 1952 ~ March 11, 2022 (age 69)

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Joel Randy “Big R” Attaway, age 69, of Grapeland, Texas, passed away into the loving arms of Jesus on Friday, the 11th day of March 2022, peacefully in his sleep. He was born on the 11th day of July 1952, in Palestine, Texas, to parents Jessie Attaway and Weeksie Irvin Hudson.

Randy graduated from Elkhart High School and joined the United States Airforce.  He served for several years before being honorably discharged and returning home.  He made a career working in the oilfield and retired after many years of dedicated service. 

Randy was a loving family man who was deeply adored by all his children. He treasured his family and all the memories that they made.  Randy was an avid baseball player, coach, and fan.  He truly loved the sport.  As he aged, he enjoyed going to the ballpark and watching his children and grandchildren play ball. Randy had a passion for music and collected old vinyl records.  Hunting, fishing, giving people a hard time, and spending time outdoors were also pastimes that Randy enjoyed.  We rejoice because he is now in the presence of our loving Lord and Savior and are thankful for the beautiful memories that we will hold onto forever.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Jessie Attaway and Weeksie Hudson, and his beloved wife Lista Sue Dailey Attaway, who passed away in 2017.

Randy leaves behind his daughters, Stephanie Hammons and husband Heath, and Michelle Mason and husband Joey; son, Jason Attaway and wife Bethany; sisters, Sharon Brogdon and husband Ray, Mickey Blevins and husband Dennis, Susan Newton and husband Jamie, and Gina Menera and husband Guillermo; grandchildren, Dyllan Hammons and wife Emily, Brandon Hammons, Reid and Hunt Mason, Benjamin, Abigale, Joshua, David, Hannah, Noah, Shiloh, Judah Attaway and one on the way, and great-grandchildren, John and Wyatt Hammons.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six o’clock until eight o’clock in the evening, on Friday, the 18th day of March 2022 at Rhone Funeral Home in Palestine.

Funeral services for Randy Attaway are to be conducted at ten o’clock in the morning on Saturday, the 19th day of March 2022 at First Baptist Church in Grapeland with Bro. Jack Chelf and Bro. Jason Attaway officiating the service.  Interment will follow in Dailey Cemetery in Grapeland, Texas.

Serving as pallbearers are Joey Mason, Jason Attaway, Heath Hammons, Charlie Brown, James Dailey and Tom Dillard.

Funeral services for Joel Randy "Big R" Attaway are in care of Rhone Funeral Home, 3900 S. State Highway 19, Palestine, Texas. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared for Randy's family here on his tribute wall.    

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March 18, 2022

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Rhone Funeral Home
3900 S. State Highway 19
Palestine, TX 75801

Funeral Service
March 19, 2022

10:00 AM
First Baptist Church - Grapeland
408 W. Chestnut St.
Grapeland, TX 75844

Interment following funeral service
March 19, 2022

Dailey Cemetery
10 miles west of Grapeland off of Fm 227
Grapeland, TX 75844

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