Bryson Smith Randolph
Bryson Smith Randolph, age 81, died Dec. 18th, 2018 in his home in Memphis. Born to Bryson Randolph and Janette Smith Randolph on April 29th, 1937 in Westport, CT, and raised in upstate NY. Bryson graduated from high school in 1955 and was accepted at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
Upon graduating from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with an engineering degree in 1959, Bryson moved to Los Angeles and married his first wife, the former Gwen Hefner. He started a family and became a general contractor building apartments in the area.
He soon discovered Santa Barbara and moved his family there and began a successful career in the real estate investment business. An active real estate investor for more than 40 years, he enjoyed mentoring his younger colleagues and had a reputation for high integrity and practical wisdom.
While in Santa Barbara, Bryson enjoyed the Valley Club and Knowlwood Tennis Club where he served a term as board president. He was also a supporter of the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara and the Foundation for Santa Barbara City College.
Bryson moved back to Memphis in 1991 and married the former Laretha Harris on May 19th, 1993.
He is survived by his wife Laretha; two children from his first marriage: Lisa Randolph (Johnny Austin) of Memphis, and Michael Randolph (Carrie) of Santa Barbara CA and three grandchildren of Santa Barbara (Baylor, Devan, and Hayden Randolph).