There is very sad news to report from Alabama. Master National friend Dr. Randall Ayers, 66, died suddenly at his home on July 10, 2013.
Randall was associated with the Master National for many years, and his hearty laugh and contagious smile will be remembered by all.
Randall was a former Deacon and active member of First Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa, where he enjoyed his weekly Men’s Prayer Breakfast, made multiple trips to Kenya to assist in bringing clean water to the Tumutumu hospital, and volunteered within Tuscaloosa County with Habitat for Humanity.
He often delivered the blessing at the Tallahassee Retriever Club Hunt Tests.
He is survived by his wife, Jeannie; his son, Robert Gambrell and wife Erica; his granddaughter, Lauren.
Randall grew up in Sand Mountain, Ala. and attended the University of Alabama where he received a degree in Chemistry and later completed medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1973. His years of post-graduate training prepared him to settle down in Tuscaloosa where he practiced rheumatology and touched countless lives. He was a dedicated doctor for 35 years and was devoted to his patients who he considered family.
Despite his distinguished honors, certifications, academic appointments, and professional society activities throughout his career, Randall said he was most proud of his title of “PawPaw,” given by his granddaughter, Lauren.
Randall cherished every moment with his family and friends. His laugh was unmistakable and his heart genuine. He loved teaching Lauren how to hunt and looked forward to his annual South Dakota hunting trip with the “Alabama Boys.” He was an avid outdoorsman and his passion for training his Labradors won him several Master National Hunter awards.
Randall was always working in his garden and recently added the title of Beekeeper to his list of accomplishments. He loved nothing more in this world than his wife, Jeannie. They enjoyed life to the fullest together and had many great adventures.