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James Randall ( Randy ) DerBaum, 61, departed this life on March 13, 2022 in Goose Creek , SC. He is survived by his loving partner of 28 years, Michelle Wilson. He is also survived by his daughter Cheryl ( Zac ) Kerr, also of Goose Creek, step-daughters Theresa ( Nate ) Lees and Christine Brett of Des Moines, Iowa, sister Nancy ( John ) Skinner of Claxton, Ga., mothers-in-law Nancy Dodgins and Cleda Taylor, several grandchildren, nieces, great-nieces and a nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Connie DerBaum, brother Frederick DerBaum and sister Marsha Deems.
Thank you to our dearest friends Lou and Patty Ayende who gave tirelessly of themselves to help him fight and to Patricia DerBaum for the support
Randy was born in Savannah, Ga. On February 15, 1961 but lived the majority of his life in Goose Creek, SC. He was a cherished husband and father and a faithful friend to all who knew him. Randy operated his own tile business for nearly 40 years and was an artist in his profession. The beautiful, custom work he did is displayed in many lowcountry homes and businesses. His love of engines led him to build many late model cars over the years as well as beautiful custom Harley-Davidson motorcycles that he created from the ground up.
He had a quick wit, an infectious smile with a twinkle in his eye and a tremendous sense of humor. He easily connected with people and this accounts for the great number of those who love him and will miss him dearly. His love of life was great and the courage he showed in battling his illness even to the end will never be forgotten. Rest in peace Randy.
A memorial service is being planned for the near future and all family and friends will be welcome to attend.
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