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Date published: 7/31/2014

Randolph Skinner Jr.

Randolph Travis "Randy" Skinner Jr., 67, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Randy quickly developed a deep passion and obsession for all sports and grew up playing basketball and baseball. He graduated from Spotsylvania High School in 1964, after playing for the basketball and baseball teams and earning a partial baseball scholarship to the University of Richmond. He then attended college, playing for the Richmond Spiders baseball team and joining Phi Gamma Delta fraternity before earning his degree in history in 1968.

After college, Randy worked a variety of jobs, from running the scoreboard at Richmond Braves baseball games, to keeping stats for the Virginia Squires, to being a car salesman and service manager while always keeping a close watch on his favorite sports: college and pro football, college and pro basketball and baseball.

The other pillar of Randy's life was his faith. He was baptized and served as an usher at Fairview Baptist Church in Fredericksburg. The two models for his faith were, as he put it, God, his heavenly father, and Randolph, his earthly one.

In 1984, Randy met Cheryl Oliver, memorably going on his first date with her on Nov. 23, 1984, the day of Doug Flutie's Hail Mary pass for Boston College to beat Miami, which led him to commemorate the occasion by wishing her "Happy Flutie Day" in the future. Randy made Cheryl a permanent fixture in his life when they married.

He was a regular listener of and caller to sports radio, which resulted in his developing a relationship with basketball coach Chuck Noe, who went on the air on WRVA Richmond in 1977, after retiring from coaching. Randy was Noe's bracketologist for the NCAA men's basketball tournament beginning in 1980. Randy's affiliation with Noe's radio show ended when he moved with Cheryl to Orlando, Fla., in 1992, but he kept up contact with Noe, whom Randy likened to his second father until Noe's death in December 2003.

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