Thursday, January 15, 2015

Tribute to a True Superman

A family that I love and admire lost their husband, father, provider, rock, and friend early this morning. He tackled cancer head-on and fought valiantly for the last two years. In the end, it proved too much for even him. Some would say that Randy lost his battle against cancer. I disagree. The word "lost" implies that something was forfeited or misplaced. 

Randy ultimately relinquished his earthly life and physical body. 
But in his fight against cancer he lost nothing. And those of us who knew him gained everything.

Randy was the perfect example of what a father should be. His children were his entire world. Morgan, Trystan, Randalyn, and Brendan were his everything. They were his first priority, and he made sure they (and everyone else) always knew how much he loved them.

Randy was a wonderful husband. Doting, loving, caring, affectionate. He adored Amy, and she adored him.

Randy was a good provider to his family. Even after the cancer, he was quick to return to work as soon as he was able and he worked up until the very end. I know it was difficult for him. But he wanted to be sure his family was taken care of.

Randy had an amazing sense of humor. He was brilliant and lighthearted and funny. Over the last two years, he was constantly cracking jokes about his physical limitations. Because it was more important for him to be able to laugh at himself than to feel sorry for himself.

Randy had a smile and a word of encouragement for all. Even though he was fighting the battle of his life, he was the one who took the time to build others up. He was more concerned about offering comfort and reassurance than in receiving any himself.

Randy was a man of faith. From the very beginning, he put his life in the hands of the Lord. He brought his family to church every single week. Even when it would have been easier to just stay home. He trusted in a power greater than his own. He was a light to everyone around him. He was a matchless example of what faith should be. 

I have known the Humphries family for only a few years. But I know that Randy touched the lives of innumerable people through his kindness, strength and optimism. I know that watching his faith and heroism as he battled cancer these last two years has changed my life. I can only imagine what it has done for countless others.

Randy leaves behind an untold legacy of courage, laughter, testimony, and love. Everyone who knew him is better for it.

Randy did not lose in his fight against cancer. And we, we who had the honor of being even a small part of his life...we gained everything.


  1. How perfect. Thank you Cyndie.

  2. This is so touching and beautiful. Our prayers are with his sweet family.