Randy Pumphrey

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Randy Pumphrey passed away Saturday morning while watching his Red Raiders start their season.

Randy was a good person and a kind soul. A quiet man but always there when you needed him.  After graduating from Texas Tech he became an accountant and soon realized he didn’t want to wear a tie every day.  He was co-founder of the Chelsea Street Pubs and then later founded Quality Coatings.  One of his most interesting and lucrative powder coating jobs during the early 90’s involved coating the containers that would surround weapons grade plutonium pits being removed from nuclear war heads.  There were over 7000 of them.

Randy was extremely competitive and loved his hobbies; first competing in baseball, racing 30 years in NHRA drag racing while setting 8 national records along the way. Dirt bike enduro riding, golfing, hunting, and fishing was a big part of his life.  For many years benchrest rifle competition shooting was his passion.  Add years of climbing over mountain passes in Jeeps and you have a full life.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Nancy; son, Troy of Naples, FL; brother, Gary of San Angelo, TX; mother-in-law, Louise Appel of Round Rock, TX; sibling-in-laws, Cynthia Underwood of Dallas, TX, James and Shanna Appel of Show Low, AZ, Craig Jensen and Jennifer Jordon of Apoka, FL, and Jack and Kathleen Weinberg of Coto de Caza, CA. He is also survived by many nieces; nephews; great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alton and Rene Pumphrey.


8 thoughts on “Randy Pumphrey”

  1. Bye Randy…(Toad)
    I knew Randy when he wanted to put in the Chelsea Street Pub in the Lubbock, TX Mall… even before that. Randy and I were among about 10 drag racers.. we call ourselves “The Outlaws”… We raced all over… Randy and I were partners on a rear engine dragster. When he and Kenny Bernstein wanted to put in the Pub, I drew up the plans for the Pub. The Outlaws all had nicknames because we were on the CB radio while traveling. I wish I could be at the service to say Bye… I will miss him and am blessed and lucky to have known him. Herb Edwards

  2. Milton Montgomery

    Randy was successful at everything he did-from football at Monterey to his drag racing accomplishments.He was a kind and gentle person. I was blessed to be his friend for over 40 years. Will miss you Toad

  3. Nancy, I am so sorry. Jimmie and I always enjoyed visiting with you and Cousin Randy and your Yorkies. Jimmie and Randy always enjoyed laughing together at Grandmothers house in Winters, or in Lamesa, or in Lubbock. Great memories.

  4. Debra and Gordon Place

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. I always looked up to Randy because he was always so nice and funny. I remember him setting firecrackers off at Christmas time in Comanche at Grandmothers House. We would really run, always afraid they would pop on us!

  5. Richard,Zack@Dan Elkins and family
    Randy was one of the nicest people you’ll ever know. Enjoyed all the dirt bike riding and good times with Randy. So sorry Nancy.

  6. James & JoAnn Erickson

    Truly a sad time for all who knew Randy, a true gentleman and a pleasure to be around. We shared many delightful meals and fun times with Randy and Nancy and will cherish the memories. I’m sure the Angels above will enjoy his company as much as we did. Rest in peace Randy, til we catch up with you!

  7. Raymond J Castillo HIS

    I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Pumphrey was a good man for the short time I was able to come into his life. I cherished our talks and wish the family well you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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