THOMAS RANDALL FLUKER
Thomas Randall Fluker was born May 14, 1887 in Washington, Georgia. As an infant, he suffered from rheumatic fever. He had been heard to remark he didn't learn to walk until he was five years old and was carried around on a pillow during his illness. When the family moved to the new house on Spring Streeet, one of the sisters pulled him in a wagon. His boyhood was marked by the usual trips to the "swimming hole" with his friends and the mischief for which the fun-loving Fluker brothers were noted. During his senior year at Washington High School, when Randall was 16 years old, he had a recurrence of rheumatic fever that confined him to bed. However, he still was able to graduate with his class.
Shortly after graduation, Randall went to work with his uncle William Henry Fluker at the Mines. For the next two years, he lived there during the week and went home to Washington every weekend. At eighteen, he moved to Sparta to live with his Aunt. It was here that he first went into Municipal Government.
In 1912, Randall married Rosa Clifford Simmons of Sparta. His daughters Emily Andrew & Frances Elizabeth were born in Sparta; his son Thomas Randall, Jr. was born in Washington at the home place while the family was in the process of moving to Griffin.
In 1922, Randall moved his family to Quitman, Georgia where he served as the first City Manager. Following his service with the city, he constructed and operated the Quitman Gin company and was also a wholesale oil distributor.
Randall inherited the Fluker love and talent of working with wood and machinery. During his years in Quitman, he built many lovely homes for friends as well as keeping pipe organs in operating condition at three local churches.
He was a deacon at the First Baptist Church, a member of the Quitman Rotary Club and was active in Civic and community affairs. He served several terms as Chairman of the City Commission.
Having lived the greater part of this life in Quitman, Randall is rememberd by friends there for his charitable spirit, his uncompromising intgrity and his devotion to his family. He was also known for his wit that often displayed itself in harmless practical jokes on close friends.
At his death in Quitman, Georgia, Randall was survived by his wife, Rosa, son, Thomas Randall Fluker, Jr. and two daughters, Emily Lilly of Quitman and Frances Henson of Greenville, Texas. Also surviving were eight grandchildren, Frances Fluker Henson, Rosa Elizabeth Henson and Margaret Luton Henson of Greenville, Texas, John Osborne Lilly, Jr., Thomas Fluker Lilly, Emily Elizabeth Lilly and Thomas Randall Fluker III, Francina Benson Fluker all of Quitman.
Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Quitman, Georgia on January 20, 1956.