Randy Emmons will be missed by the Friendswood, Manvel and Pearland communities who saw him on a regular basis for many years. As a husband-wife team of owners of the Reporter News in those three cities, it was not unusual to see him at community events, often taking photos as he worked the room saying hello.
Emmons passed away Dec. 7, 2017 after a long fought three year battle with cancer.
He will not be forgotten. His newspaper reflects the person he was.
It is the only true community paper that still exists in the area. His expertise in the newspaper business as well as what makes a community newspaper work was put into effect in 1984 and his wife, Laura, will carry on what the two put in place 33 years ago.
Emmons kept up with current events, locally and globally and would share his views if asked. He understood local politics, business management and non-profit organizations. His personality and willingness to take part in activities made him a familiar face around the three towns.
He was an asset to the area even though he was not from here. While living in Texas for a very long time, he still would utter a midwestern accent occasionally and reveal his Missouri roots. Yet, he was proud of Friendswood, Manvel and Pearland and worked hard to get news out about all three.
His curiosity about many different areas of life filled him with different facts and trivia that he would share when the occasion opened the subjects. He could have a great time while covering events and leave with more information to share than when he arrived.
He was an active member of all three Chambers of Commerce and served on committees and held positions. He participated in The Lighthouse Cooking Team and Pearland Rotary. He enjoyed being a member of the Pearland Lions Club. Giving back to the community was a way of life for him.
Even though he held the role of owner and manager, he was also happy to deliver papers and knew all the routes in Manvel to get the papers where they needed to be. If someone needed more information or there was a photo to be picked up at Friendswood ISD, or an ad in Pearland that was ready for pickup, Emmons jumped in his truck and completed the job.
His positive approach to life was shared with everyone in which he had contact. His memory will live on with his family and his many friends in the three city area.
Friendswood, Manvel and Pearland will miss him because each considered him their own.
Randall Scott Emmons, 61, of Houston, Texas passed away on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 surrounded by his loving family, at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital after a three year battle with cancer. Randy was born in Normandy, Missouri on February 29, 1956 to Tyrus E. Emmons and Patricia J. Menzel.
He was raised in Missouri and moved to Houston in 1974, where his family lived in Clear Lake.
Randy is survived by his wife of 35 years, Laura Emmons; their son, Branden Emmons, wife, De’Aun Emmons, grandsons Asher (9) and Zayn (4 months) of League City, Texas; daughter, Kelly Yung, husband, Chris Yung of Houston, Texas; brother, Anthony Emmons of Bacliff, Texas; and step-mother, Faye Emmons of League City, Texas.
Randy was preceded in death by his father, Ty Emmons, mother, Patricia Emmons, and sister, Terri Barker.
Randy was a devoted family man. He was very active during his life, and never missed an opportunity to go skiing, hunting, fishing, hiking, camping and traveling. Many knew him as “coach,” as he coached his children’s sports teams growing up. He loved watching and playing hockey, soccer, football and baseball. He was also a huge history buff and loved sharing all of his interests with his family and friends.
Randy and his wife, Laura, have owned the local newspapers, the Friendswood, Pearland and Manvel Reporter News, since 1984. He was active in these communities as a member of the Pearland Lions Club since 2013. He was also a member of all three Chambers and served on the Friendswood Chamber Board from 1994 to 2000, holding the positions of Vice Chairman from 1995-1998, Chairman of the Board in 1999, and Post Chairman in 2000. Over the years Randy was also a part of The Lighthouse Cooking Team, Pearland Rotary, and served on several other committees.
Randy was known for doing anything that was asked of him and for always lending a helping hand. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
In lieu of normal remembrances, the family asks that you send donations in his name to the Texas Lions Camp or Pearland Lions Club.
A service will be held at Jeter Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.