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Billie Jean Randolph

The word most often used to describe Billie Jean Randolph was “delicious.” She was also known for her wisdom, gracious manners, and loving candor. She packed a lot into a small and beautiful package.

Become Billie Jean

Billie Jean Coleman was born on April 1, 1930 in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was the only child of Nicodemus (Demus) Coleman, a railroad worker and power lineman working for the WPA in Alaska as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, and Grace Gardner Coleman. Grace Coleman died when Billie Jean was very young. Shortly after her mother’s death, the family moved from her grandparents’ farm in Arkansas to Kansas City, Missouri. There, Billie Jean was raised by her grandparents, widowed father and loving and caring aunts.

Billie Jean joined Paseo Baptist Church at an early age. There she sang in the choir and played on the church basketball team. She attended Lincoln High School, still known as “The Castle on the Hill”. Lincoln was the first school for black teenagers on the Missouri side of Kansas City. In addition to her studies, Billie Jean enjoyed extracurricular activities. Her beautiful voice earned her a coveted spot in the school choir. She was also part of the cheerleading and cheerleading teams. After graduating from Lincoln, Billie Jean earned a BA from West Virginia State College. She also earned a certificate in medical records at Homer G. Phillips Hospital in St. Louis.

In 1956, after a summer romance and courtship, Billie Jean Coleman married Dr. Bernard C. Randolph at the home of her aunt and uncle, Dr. and Mrs. Newton M. Jenkins (Sadie) on October 31. His aunt and uncle served as cupid in their relationship by setting them up on a blind date when Bernard’s sister Jean and her husband came to visit. Bernard was on his way to becoming one of St. Louis’ most beloved family physicians. They got married on Halloween because it was her day off.

Mrs. Billie Jean Randolph and her husband, Dr. Bernard C. Randolph with Obamas

Mrs. Billie Jean Randolph and her husband, Dr. Bernard C. Randolph with President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama at the 2010 White House Christmas Party.

Billie Jean worked as a medical records librarian at Barnes Hospital and eventually took on managerial duties, a fact that never earned her the title of director. After training two newly hired managers in her department, she realized she had reached the proverbial glass ceiling. After the birth of their first child, Billie Jean left Barnes. She and Bernard made the first of an annual month-long summer visit to her parents’ home in New York City (Harlem).

Billie Jean Randolph and her beloved husband, Dr. Bernard C. Randolph

Billie Jean Randolph and her beloved husband, Dr. Bernard C. Randolph, during Christmas vacation in 2006.

June Cleaver only wishes

Billie Jean then taught part-time elementary school in the St. Louis public school system.

She eventually quit teaching for her permanent full-time job: housewife. Billie Jean was not June Cleaver; she was better. She elegantly and enthusiastically defined the roles of wife and mother. She eagerly added professional volunteering to her weekly responsibilities while caring for her husband and three children.

She loved her church, Pilgrim Congregational Church UCC. Billie Jean and Bernard have been active members for over sixty years. There she volunteered at the library, office, soup kitchen, food pantry, and neighborhood outreach. All three of their children accepted Christ and were confirmed to Pilgrim.

Active members included Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, National Smart Set, Inc., Girl Friends, Inc., Links, Inc., Mound City Medical Auxiliary, the St. Louis Council on Environmental Health and Safety (founded by Bernard Randolph Sr. in the early seventies) and the NAACP. She was a founding member of the Tally-Ho Bridge Club (age 60) and a life member of the National Council of Negro Women.

Billie Jean and Bernard loved to travel. Annual family vacations with the kids, and as a couple later in life, sometimes with a daughter, son, or grandchild, have provided them with many memorable experiences. They both enjoyed attending conventions including the NAACP National Convention, the National Medical Association Annual Scientific Meeting, and Smart Set Conclaves.

Billie Jean Randolph with her husband and three children

Billie Jean Randolph with her husband and three children (clockwise from far right): Billie Jean Randolph, Dr. Bernard C. Randolph, Dr. Bernard C. Randolph, Jr., Dana Grace Randolph and Paul Allen Randolph, Esq. around 2015.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Billie Jean enjoyed embroidery while frequently focusing on the “special human” in the family, their dog Wendy. Billie Jean possessed a vibrant sense of humor and a laugh to match.

An avid football fan, Billie Jean split her allegiance between the former Saint Louis Football Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams and Dallas Cowboys. She was also a baseball fan, having attended and watched Kansas City Monarchs games of the Negro League as a child and teenager. Once settled in St. Louis, she was an enthusiastic fan of the Baseball Cardinals.

During the 1990s and early 2000s, and before Paul, her youngest son, returned to St. Louis in 2004, she and Bernard frequently visited him and his family (then wife, Rochelle, and his daughter, Dana G. Randolph II) in Scottsdale and Chandler, Arizona. Billie Jean and Bernard loved the beauty and brightening sunlight of the desert, the rich history of the area, the museums, the variety of shops and the great restaurants.

Billie Jean loved God, her family and her countless friends.

Billie Jean Randolph One Christmas circa 2016.

Billie Jean Randolph One Christmas circa 2016.


Billie Jean peacefully transitioned on July 5, 2022 from complications of cardiac arrest at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. His immediate family was by his side. She was 92 years old.

Her husband, Bernard C. Randolph Sr., MD. died in 2018. She was also predeceased by her parents, Nicodemus and Grace Coleman; in-laws, William and Jessie Randolph; brother and sister-in-law Bessie and Howard V. Randolph Sr.; sister and brother-in-law, Jean Randolph Linzey and Cameron Theodore Linzey, Sr.; Beloved aunts and uncles: Sadie and Newton, Ida, Georgia, Cora, Percy, Julian, Jasper, Jimmy, Dorothy and cousins ​​Joan Andrews, Mr. Bert Coleman and Patricia E. Jenkins

Billie Jean Randolph & Major

Camille Randolph, Billie Jean Randolph, Naima Randolph (Lutheran High School North ’15 graduate), Dr. Arielle Randolph, Dana Grace Randolph II.

Billie Jean will be fondly remembered by her three children, Bernard C. Randolph Jr., MD (Kathleen F. Smith and her daughter Paula Francis), Dana Grace Randolph and Paul Allen Randolph, Esq., all of St. Louis, and four grandchildren, Arielle Vivian Randolph, MD (Cincinnati, OH), Camille Nia Randolph, Naima Nicole Randolph (New York, NY) (and mother, Andrea V. Haynes, (Houston, TX), Dana Grace Randolph II, (Kansas City, MO), (and mother, Rochelle Winters Randolph) nephew Cameron T. Linzey Jr., niece Donna Linzey Johns (Robert), niece Emily Jenkins, niece Adrienne Jenkins Patel (Hasmukh), niece Jina Haynes, Esq., nephew Joseph Jones (Margaret), goddaughters Tiffany Kanion Simpson MD., (Kenneth), Constance Gladney Agard, Judith Gladney, carer and beloved friend, Delores Price and many other extended family members, friends and loved ones.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the following people would be appreciated:

UCC Pilgrim Congregational Church

Seeds of Hope Fund for Food Insecurity

In memory of Mrs. Billie Jean Randolph

826 Union Blvd.

St. Louis, Missouri 63112

The Dorothy I. Height Education Foundation

In memory of Mrs. Billie Jean Randolph

DIHEF Scholarship Fund

633 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, 3rd Floor

Washington, D.C. 20004


(Covid-19 masks and vaccinations mandatory)

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority – Gamma Omega – Tribute – 11:15

St. Louis Chapter Links Inc. – Tribute – 11:30 a.m.

Family visits: 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Memorial Service: 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

UCC Pilgrim Congregational Church

826 Union Blvd.

St. Louis, MO 63112

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