Lucille Cutts-Avery Randall

Published 12:16 pm Monday, February 18, 2013

Lucille Cutts-Avery Randall


Lucille Cutts-Avery Randall died at her son’s home on Feb. 15, 2013 with her family around her bedside. Mrs. Randall was born on Feb. 1, 1929 to the late Gertrude Cutts and the late Amos Walter Avery.

Lucille was born in a home on Bear Creek Road and lived with her adopted maternal grandparents, Mrs. LuVenjia (aka Beanie) and Mr. Stephen Cutts (both deceased) in Brent. She received her education from the Alabama Mission School.

Lucille Cutts-Avery Randall

Lucille Cutts-Avery Randall

She was the first “black” woman to be hired at N.D. Cass, Inc. (better known as “The Toy Factory”) in Brent. Once hired as a fulltime employee, she became one of the lead spokespersons in helping minority women get hired at the plant; white women had been working since the opening of the plant, by working with the late president of the local NAACP, Mr. Brisco Huff and (the now sitting federal judge) Attorney U.W. Clemons. She also helped organize and recruit votes to unionize the company for better wages and working hours.

Her greatest passion and relaxation came from fishing. She was a true outdoorswoman hunting squirrels, rabbits and raccoons. She moved to Antioch in the summer of 1978 and started back farming, raising baby pigs for the market and gardening.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Egypsy Randall; one son, John E. Shelton Sr.; one daughter, Ruby Shirleen Underwood; one grandson, Arnoldrelco Jamell Randall; and a half-sister, Jessie Dean Foster.

She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She leaves to cherish her memories: two daughters, Lisa A. Owens and Lois C. Carter; four sons and one grandson, Aaron Underwood Jr., Andrew Underwood Sr., Frederick D. Randall, Vincent D. Randall and Andrew Underwood Jr.; 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The memorial services will be held at Pleasant Sabine Baptist Church, 397 Pleasant Hill Church Lane, Centreville on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 at 1 p.m. Family visitation will be for one hour prior to services. Interment will be at Hopewell Cemetery in Brent.

Final arrangements entrusted to Cahaba Memorial Funeral Chapel, 100 Patridge Street, Brent, Alabama, 35034 at (205) 926-4362, Mrs. Janie Walker, owner.