Randy was a native of Milledgeville, but spent many of the years of his youth with his close friends Danny and Trent Howard of Laurens County. Randy was regarded by many experts as one of the best, if not the best fiddler in America during the 1980s and 1990s, winning many national championships.
Randy won every major fiddle competition including the Union Grove, North Carolina World Championship in l979, the last and youngest person ever to win that honor. An eight- time National Champion, four times Tennessee Old Time Fiddler Champion, he also won the Grand Masters Fiddle Championship in 1985, and the National Mandolin Championship at Winfield, Kansas, in l990. He was equally skilled on acoustic and electric guitar.
He is the legendary model for Charlie Daniels' "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." Randy died all too young and is buried in the cemetery at Antioch Baptist Church between Rentz and Dexter.