Randall Wesley Proctor Sr., 91, of Raleigh and Carteret County
, died July 14, 2020, in your home. His funeral Mass was Friday at Our Woman of Lourdes Catholic Church. A graveside service with military honors followed at Oakwood Cemetery.
Randy was born Sept. 7, 1928, in Salisbury, the son of Frank O. and Grace H. Proctor. He went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating in 1949 with a bachelor of science in commerce. Randy likewise has an honorary doctorate from St. Augustine’s College.
He lost his moms and dads by the age of 13 and was raised by his auntie and uncle, Gwendolyn and William Trivette.
He began what ended up being a life time profession in insurance after finishing from UNC-Chapel Hill, joining the Equitable Life Assurance Society in 1950. His career was interrupted when he was called to serve in the Korean War. Randy served a two-year release from 1951-53. While in Korea, Randy was granted a Bronze Star for meritorious accomplishment. If you asked him about his service, however, he would inform you he “was simply a clerk.” But what a clerk.
Prior to leaving for Korea, Randy satisfied his fiancÃ©e on a blind date in Washington, D.C. When Ruth asked him what he prepared to do with his life, he replied he wished to end up being the chief firm officer for his company, and he did, eventually handling a sales staff of more than 12,000.
She understood immediately she would marry him.
Marry they did after he returned in 1953, and Ruth stayed the love of his life for 67 years. 3 kids were quick to follow, and the family moved from Washington, D.C., to Nashville, Tenn., as Randy’s profession continued to grow. He returned with his household to North Carolina in 1966, ending up being firm supervisor for the Equitable’s Raleigh Company.
Of a lot of importance in his life were his spouse, his household, his church and the Equitable. Though Raleigh was his official house for most of his life, the world was his canvas and he was most comfortable on the pavement.
Randy started his profession as a sales agent in Washington, D.C., and rose to become chief of the nationwide sales force when the Equitable was the 3rd largest insurance provider on the planet. He set an early pattern by travelling from Raleigh to Manhattan, N.Y., where he kept an apartment or condo on Central Park South. He first retired from the Equitable in 1985, however was asked to return and function as president of Equitable International. His commute then became international, with Randy operating in Tokyo, New York and London. Upon finally retiring in 1992, Randy was president of the Equitable’s southern retiree association. He battled successfully to secure the long-earned benefits of the company’s retirees. He also hung out developing several neighborhoods in Rowan County after retiring.
Randy’s philanthropic contributions were diverse and vibrant. He functioned as a trustee and vice chairman of the Board of St. Augustine’s College. He was an establishing member of the Opera Company of North Carolina, which today is the North Carolina Opera.
Randy helped assist in much of the growth of the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, serving for several years as its financing officer. He likewise offered years of scholarships for Catholic seminarians preparing for priesthood. He was a Knight of Malta, whose purpose was to aid the sick and infirm at Lourdes, France. He stayed the intrepid tourist up until his mid-80s. Whether in his own boat, The Callous, or cruising abroad on liners, he was a devoted fan of the water. It is thought there are few cruises worldwide he did not take. It is also believed that he has actually checked out more nations than not. The Ruthless took numerous journeys up and down the eastern coast, often with his and Ruth’s Raleigh flotilla good friends. A lot of memorably however, were his journeys from Morehead City to Florida.
Randy is survived by his partner, Ruth Rhodes Proctor; 2 sons, Randall Wesley Proctor Jr. and wife Jessica Kozma and Richard Eugene Proctor and wife Sarah, all of Raleigh; five grandchildren, Juliana Proctor and husband Ben Stepp of Asheville, Emily Proctor Franc and other half Peter of Portland, Ore., Dr. Rhodes Short and hubby Travis of Lewisburg, Pa., Wes Proctor of Houston, Texas, and Grace Proctor of Raleigh; and a great-granddaughter, Penelope Franc.
Randy was preceded in death by a precious child, Catherine Ruth Proctor; his sibling, Ann Proctor; his parents and his aunt and uncle.
Memorial contributions might be given up his name to the Catherine Ruth Proctor Scholarship at St. Mary’s School, 900 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27603, or online at sms.edu/support/make-a-gift.
Plans are by Brown-Wynne Funeral Service Home, 300 Saint Mary’s St. Raleigh, NC.