As many may know, Mercer Adams Funeral Service began in late 1989 as Gene Adams Funeral Service, a partnership between life-long funeral director, Gene Adams, and Xerox businessman, Ron Mercer. Our history can be found on our website, and if you haven’t read the Mercer Adams story, we invite you to do so! Twenty-seven years later, we find ourselves with an outstanding staff of employees. With just our eight full-time staff (which includes four Funeral Directors), we have an astonishing combined 130 years of experience. To say we are blessed with our loyal staff would be an understatement.
Today we want to highlight and honor our longest-standing employee, Randall Gordon, for his 26 years with Mercer Adams.
Randy joined Mercer-Adams Funeral Service in February of 1991. His official title is Controller, which includes supervision of office staff, technology and minister/chaplain for our families. Randy stated, “I believe the opportunity to serve those experiencing the death of someone they love is one of my callings from God and a way I try to serve Him by serving others.”
Randy graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1984 with degrees in Religion and Philosophy. In 1987, Baylor University provided a full teaching assistant scholarship in philosophy where he completed his master’s work, taught freshman classes in philosophy, and became a member of Phi Sigma Tau, an international honor society for philosophers. Randy was an eighteen-year member of the Bethany Public Schools Board of Education and was inducted into the Bethany Public Schools Hall of Honor in 2013. He is a Leadership Bethany program graduate, chairman of deacons at First Baptist Church of Bethany and teaches single adult/college & career and young adult couples Sunday school classes.Randy grew up in the Bethany area and graduated from Putnam City High School. He attended Tulakes Baptist Church where he met and later married Jane Ellen Blackwood. They have two children, Joey and Mattie. After Jane died in 2011 Randy met Lee Sabolich and they were married in May of 2015. They are enjoying their children and grandchildren.
Randy is a Licensed Minister and has officiated at hundreds of funerals, and is often requested by families. People from all walks of life, including current and past employees, come to his office to talk with him, seeking advice and Godly counsel, a confidante, or to engage in philosophical dialogue.
As fellow employees and friends, we all grieved with Randy when his first wife, Jane, died. It was a difficult time, and Randy shared his journey of grief and faith openly on Facebook. He was also the featured speaker for one of our Annual Memorial Services, where he shared his personal journey of loss. Later, we all shared his joy when he met and married Lee Sabolich. We love to see joy restored in the broken-hearted, and it remains a privilege to share this new chapter with our friend and co-worker.
Given the fact that Randy was the first non-funeral director hired back in 1991, and the wealth of experience he has gained, across a broad range of areas, Randy has been given the title of CKO – Chief Knowledge Officer. If someone doesn’t know, ask Randy. If Randy doesn’t know, we might be in trouble!
Randy would no doubt have far more stories to tell about his 26-year career with Mercer Adams, and what that journey has been like over the years. We are grateful to Randy for his service and ministry to us and those we have served.
Congratulations, Randy, on this milestone, and thank you for the many, many jobs you have covered in your tenure with Mercer Adams. We appreciate you and are deeply thankful for you!