Randy Thomas Brindley of Blanchard, Oklahoma, passed away Friday, April 10, after a brief illness. He was 65 years old. Randy was born in Murray to Ramona Lusk Smith of Columbia, Tennessee and William Thomas (W.T.) Brindley of Benton.
Randy graduated from North Marshall High School in 1973, and then served in the United States Navy from 1975 until 1980, where he was educated in radar skills. Following his discharge from the Navy, Randy became employed as an Air Traffic Controller by the Federal Aviation Administration. He retired from the FAA in 2005, after 25 years service. As a Controller, he served in the Tulsa, Memphis, and Cincinnati airports and was president of the local National Air Traffic Controllers Unions in both the Memphis and Cincinnati airport facilities. During his career as a controller, he received many awards for outstanding service from the FAA for his outstanding performance. In 2006, Randy re-located to Oklahoma City where he worked for eight years as an air traffic control instructor and supervisor at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City. After retiring in 2014, Randy enjoyed traveling, gardening, scuba diving, local political involvements, and leather crafting.
He is survived by his wife, Marnie Camper Brindley, of Blanchard, Oklahoma; his son, John James Brindley and grandson Wyatt Adam Brindley of Blanchard, Oklahoma; his mother, Ramona Lusk Smith of Columbia, Tennessee; his brothers, Ted Ray Jennings of Columbia, Tennessee, Ronnie Brindley and Richard Brindley of Benton; and his sister, Kathy Brindley Hodges, also of Benton. Randy is also survived by his stepson, Riley Jones of High Springs, Florida; and stepdaughter, Amanda Jones of Blanchard, Oklahoma, and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Randy was preceded in death by his father, William Thomas (W.T.) Brindley and his step-mother, Dolores Brindley, both of Benton, along with his maternal grandparents, John and Lillian Lusk of Benton.
Due to COVID-19, services will be announced at a later date.