Randy Settle

  • Born: December 9, 1959
  • Died: August 27, 2021
  • Location: Inman, South Carolina

Seawright Funeral Home and Crematory

26 E. Main Street
PO Box 192
Inman, SC 29349

Tel. (864) 472-6836

Tribute & Message From The Family

James Randall "Randy" Settle, of Inman, 61 passed away on August 27, 2021, surrounded by his wife and sons, who were his pride and joy. As Randy entered the gates of Heaven his Jesus and his son, Kyle, greeted him.

Randy loved his wife, Julie of 38 years. Always known as Randy and Julie, they were high school sweethearts and had been together for 45 years. Randy's strong Christian faith and unbelievable work ethic helped to raise three incredible hard working Christian sons. His legacy will live on forever through the boys and their leadership, values and work ethic in their own individual families.

Randy was a longtime member of Inman First Baptist Church where he faithfully served in many roles. Most recently Randy was a member of NewSpring Church.

Randy was a jack of all trades and a master of them all. Throughout his working career, Randy taught Biology at Landrum High School. He impacted students in a lifelong manner. Years later former students would still reach out to Randy just to talk and catch up on life. Randy also spent many years teaching horticulture at Swofford Career Center. His students learned valuable skills and the importance of a good work ethic. Many of his students moved on to successful careers in the horticulture/landscaping field. Randy and his brother, Rodney, owned and operated Settle Brothers Garden Center for many years. Randy's most passionate endeavor was Yaupon Development, Inc. What starting out as building wooden floating docks with his three sons to building houses, Randy took pride in working with his boys and teaching them the skills they needed to work with their hands and create a quality product. Many of the docks you see on the local lakes wear the Settle Docks sign and you can know that it is a well-built quality product.

Randy loved his three boys and their wives. His six grandchildren stole his heart and had "Poppy" wrapped around their fingers. He would spend hours outside with his grandchildren doing whatever they wanted from playing basketball to hunting frogs, to fishing, or playing in the creek.

Randy is survived by his wife of 38 years, Julie Keadle Settle, his sons Ryan (Ashley) and Clay (Tory), daughter-in-love Jen Settle, his grandchildren Kinsley, Wyatt, Mary Hartwell, Avery Grace, Reed, and Sadie Mae, his brother Rodney (Deborah), beloved aunts/uncle Frankie Shehan, Becky & Edward Campbell, honorary son Jonathan Fowler (Jenna, Kade, Kennedy Reese), mother-in-law Pat Keadle, brother/ sister-in-laws Johnny Keadle (Betty Jo), Jody Babb, Glenda Keadle, Jim Keadle (Kim), Joe Keadle (Lydia), many nieces/nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. He is predeceased by his pride and joy, his son Kyle, his parents Larry, Geneal, & Dot Settle, father-in-law Spencer Keadle, his grandparents Hartwell & Oleta Settle and Bub and Mamie Blackwell, brother-in-law Jay Keadle.

A celebration of life will be held at Inman First Baptist Church on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 11:00. The celebration of life will be live streamed through the Inman First Baptist Church following links https://www.facebook.com/ifbc.net/


In honor of Randy, casual attire is encouraged. A private family burial will follow. Due to COVID precautions and hearts broken over our loss of Kyle and Randy there will be no receiving line.
In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to Settle Family Scholarship Fund https://www.gofundme.com/f/settle-family-scholarship-fund

Online condolences can be left at seawright-funeralhome.com


Condolence & Memory Journal

Julie -and Rodney- we are so sad for you. What a beautiful soul. All my landscape came from y'all. Life is too short. Thanks for being part of my life and memories. When Charlie died y'all were so kind to me Many prayers. Love, Valerie Morris Riddle

Posted by Valerie Riddle - Greenville, SC - Friend   September 30, 2021

Julie and family,
I was so sorry to hear the news about Randy and your son. Please know you and your family are in my thought and prayers. I will always remember Randy's kind and fun nature. He never met a stranger and could always make us laugh in high school.
In my prayers,
Ann Hammett Shaw

Posted by Ann Hammett Shaw - Greenville, SC - Friend   September 07, 2021

I worked with Randy at Swofford Career Center. He was a great teacher and a good man . He was always a joy to be around. God bless you and your family . I remember Randy always had a smile on his face and a positive attitude . So sorry for your loss .

Posted by Barbara Gilbert - Simpsonville, SC - Coworker   September 06, 2021

I taught Randy 11th grade English at Chapman. He was always friendly and smiling, a delight to teach. May his soul Rest In Peace, and his memory be eternal.

Posted by Alex McClain - North Augusta, SC - Teacher   September 03, 2021

My sincere prayer is that the Settle Family will experience the peace and comfort of the Holy Spirit in a special way during this difficult season of bereavement, mourning and beyond. Randy leaves a inspiring legacy of leadership that will live on for years to come. I appreciated his friendship. John W. Parris, Columbia SC

Posted by John Parris - Columbia, SC - Friend   September 01, 2021

Randy sold me so many plants for my yard over the years and they were always so beautiful. He was a kind and friendly man. My family will continue to pray for you, Julie and your family. I am so sorry for your loss of Randy and Kyle.

Posted by Paula Brooks - Inman, SC - coworker   September 01, 2021

I just watched the service for Randy by way of computer. It was a wonderful service. I will continue to keep the family in prayer in the coming days ahead. May you find some peace and understanding from it all. I am in the Powell family. My mother was Alice Powell Washington 1st cousin to Oleta Settle.

Posted by Brenda Washington - Spartanburg, SC - Family   September 01, 2021

I was very sad to hear the about the death of my dear friend Randy. Randy was one of the sweetest and kind person I knew. When he taught at Swofford Vocational School he would bring his students to Gilbert's Nursery that is where I worked in sales. That's where I met Randy. He taught my son a lot at Swofford. He really loves seeing the students take a interest in horticultural. My deepest sympathy to the family.

Posted by Doris & William Little - Chesnee, SC - Friend   September 01, 2021

Many prayers for the entire family. Randy was such a great person and always smiling. Our hearts are heavy at his passing. My work relationship with Randy was around 30 years and he will be greatly missed.

Posted by Kenneth and Vickie Johnson - Lyman, SC - Coworker   September 01, 2021

Julie and family You are in my prayers. Randy will be missed so much. He was such are hard working man but always had a smile on his face. He was a good example to many over the years at school and in the church. Much love Norma Gaines

Posted by Norma Gaines - Inman, SC - Friend   September 01, 2021

Julie and family, many hearts are broken due to the loss of Kyle and Randy. Randy was always so gentle and truly genuine. One of a kind all around good man. Our family grieves with yours. We are praying for you all and want you to know you are loved by many.

Posted by Sue Bruns - Duncan, SC - Friend   September 01, 2021

So sorry the lose of Randy. He was always a pleasure to talk to and always had a smile on his face. I remember Randy from Chapman High in 1977. He will truly be missed.we are praying for all those left behind.

Posted by Roger Ravan - Inman, SC - Friend   September 01, 2021


To the family of Randy and Kyle, We are so sorry for your loss.Randy has been a friend and also client in our hair salon for almost 30 years . He could light up a room when he walked through the door with his smile and Hey Y'all! We would all know he would be speaking of his family and was always just So Proud of you all. Family and God was his life . He did landscaping in our yard at Lake Bowen, built our sea wall and also our dock, All of his jobs were nothing but perfection .Such a great family man , Great Person that so many people love and will be truly missed by my family and so many others that have been so blessed to have known him.

Posted by Rita and Mike Varner - Inman, SC - Friend   September 01, 2021

My sincere condolences. Julie I'm praying for you all.

Posted by Joe Martin Martin - Gaffney, SC - Classmate   September 01, 2021

Julie, I am so very sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in my thoughts & prayers.

Posted by Inez Lyles-Irby - Irmo, SC - Classmate   September 01, 2021

My heart, thoughts and prayers are with Julie and the entire Settle family.

Posted by Betty Skinner - Inman, SC - Friend   September 01, 2021

Our heart goes out to the family . Love and praying for peace . He taught my son Jason Jackson at Swofford and I think he and his son taught my granddaughter Miranda Stallings in 7 or 8 grade . They loved them . Julie when my grandkids were in school . You were their Principle in middle school OP Earl. We all thought the world of you . Y'all all were a blessing to us all .

Posted by Jason , Michelle (mema) Jackson - Landrum, SC   August 31, 2021

Julie, so sorry for your loss. Randy was such a good friend to Louis when they were at Swofford. I know he loved you and his boys so much. He told Louis how much he cried when you were diagnosed with cancer. Glad you have the Lord to sustain you during these hard times.

Posted by Margie McAbee - Inman, SC - Friend   August 31, 2021

Remember so many fond memories of your family at ifb. My prayers are with you and family as you go thru this sadness but with gods help he will lead you thru.

Posted by Gloria lovett - Inman, SC - Friend   August 31, 2021

Randy was a trusted and kind customer @Inman Stone Co. So sorry for your loss

Posted by Nancy Morgan - Boiling Springs, SC - Friend   August 31, 2021


So sorry for the passing of Randy! I have fond memories of him in high school, he was sweet and brought so much joy being around him. Thoughts and prayers Julie for you and your family.

Posted by Gloria Bostic - Inman, SC - Classmate   August 31, 2021


Remembering these two gentle-men, Randy and Kyle, and their positive influence. We are all better people for having known them. Prayers for you and your sons, Julie.

Posted by Donna Brock - Columbus, NC - Teacher   August 31, 2021

Dearest Julie,
Donna and I are heartbroken to hear of your terrible loss. We will pray for you daily and pray that God can somehow give you strength, peace, and restore your joy in this life.

Posted by Jack and Donna Cothran - Troutville, VA - Friend   August 31, 2021

Clay, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father and brother, Kyle whom I had the pleasure of meeting a couple of times. You and your family will be in my prayers.

Posted by Jim Roberts - Greenville, SC - Friend   August 30, 2021


Julie and family, Darrell and I were so sorry to hear about Randy. Our heartfelt prayers go out to you and your family.

Posted by Jane Lewis - KNOXVILLE, TN - Teacher   August 30, 2021

So deeply sorry for your loss of Randy & Kyle. Prayers for comfort during this very difficult time.

Posted by Lynne (Wilkerson) Teague - Inman, SC - Classmate   August 30, 2021

I have known Randy since the fall of 1976. We spent many hours working together over the years. He was a hard worker and good man. He seemed to always be in a cheerful mood and loved life. The last time I saw Randy was at the QT station on 176 and I-26. We stood and talked for about 20 minutes about family and old times. He made this world a better place and he will be missed by all who knew him.

Posted by Bill Price - Inman, SC - Friend   August 30, 2021

Praying for you all, y'all are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for both your losses. Thank God and his grace y'all will be together again.

Posted by Cindy Kimbrell - Campobello, SC - Friend   August 30, 2021

Deepest sympathy to all family and friends. A heartbreaking loss

Posted by Martha Canaday Edwards - Spartanburg, SC - Acquaintance   August 30, 2021

Dale and I are crushed with the loss of Randy and Kyle-we send our deep love and prayers to Julie and family. Randy was such a helper at Inman First and to our family-many fond memories that we will value. Again, we shall continue to pray that God's great mercy and Spirit shall comfort you and help you.

Posted by Don Bishop - Lexington, SC - Friend   August 30, 2021


Julie and families, condolences in the passing of Randy. He will be missed by so many. May you find comfort in your precious memories.

Posted by Nancy Dalton - Inman, SC - Friend   August 30, 2021

My prayers are with you and your family. I know that God will comfort you and the family in this time.

Posted by Allen Stevenson - Inman, SC - Friend   August 30, 2021


Julie & Family: My family and I are heartbroken to hear of the passing of Randy. He has been a friend for many years. I first met Randy at Landrum High School, and we spent many hours together in the Science Department. Randy did science labs for me, and they were not just science labs because he made each one special. He had a self taught knowledge of many subjects, and was what I considered to be an expert in many fields. There wasn't anything Randy couldn't do! He would always find a way. I went to him often for his expert advice on many subjects. He was always willing to help me. Over a period of time, I learned a lot about his background and his hard work ethic. His hard work is reflected in his wonderful family. I will always remember that smile and the positive attitude that Randy had. I, along with many others, will miss Randy. I have too many fond memories to list here. Finally, Randy took pride in everything he did. He had that keen interest that not a lot of others have. My family and I wanted to express our sincere condolences to all of his wonderful family. May Randy rest in peace after so much work that was always well done.

Posted by Marvin W. Beach & Family - Inman, SC - Friend   August 30, 2021

I am so sorry. Mrs. Settle taught my son Tyler years ago and I lost him three years ago so I feel your pain. This is a wonderful family. My prayers are with you all.

Posted by Aimee Smith - Spartanburg, SC - Acquaintance   August 30, 2021

Mr.Settle was such a kind and gentle man. He was my teacher at swofford. He taught me not just landscaping but a lot about life. We were close during my time with him and I'll miss him terribly I still to this day talk about him and wondered how he was doing. My heart and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Posted by Jessica Henson - Piedmont, SC - Friend   August 30, 2021

So sorry to hear of his passing! I remember he was a monster on the football field and kind to everyone in the hallways at CHS!! He will be greatly missed

Posted by Donald Hazlett - Inman, SC - Friend   August 30, 2021

Randy built my families home in 2020 and finished early 2021. We not only had a working relationship but felt I had a friend in Randy. We appreciate the Settle family and we are deeply saddened by the news. The Harbin's send their condolences and wish the family healing in this difficult time.

Posted by Ryan Harbin - Inman, SC - Friend   August 30, 2021

Love from the Bunn Family

Posted by Dee Bunn - Landrum, SC - Coworker   August 30, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with Randy's family. I was at teacher at Landrum High for several years when Randy was at Swofford. He taught many of my students. He was wonderful with them and they thrived. He had a way with even the most challenging students. He will surely be missed.

Posted by Monica Goforth - Campobello, SC   August 30, 2021

To me he will always be Mr. Settles. The best teacher I ever had. He was more than just a teacher he was your friend. Thank You Mr. Settles.

Posted by James Brown - Landrum, SC - Student   August 30, 2021

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