The magnolia tree outside my window finally blossomed yesterday. It seemed for the longest time to be dying, but its beautiful, fragrant flower gave me hope. And as Hope shared with me this morning, ‘a beautiful, fragrant flower was chosen yesterday, July 16, 2018, to return to God’s heavenly garden.’ Yesterday afternoon, Mom passed over to glory, joining her brother, Albert, and sister, Sylvia, and her beloved sons, Howard, Chuckie, and Chris, and where she will wait patiently for her best friend and husband of almost 62 years, Charles.
Juletta was born in Washington, DC, on October 8, 1928, to Julius and Alberta Randolph. She was blessed from the start with gentle grace, artistic talent, and a beautiful, radiant smile that lit up any room she entered. Her zest for life gave her an adventurous spirit, taking her to Paris for a year of art study, as well as to Fayetteville, NC, to teach art.
Charles was assigned at Ft. Bragg in NC and, intrigued by a newspaper article and picture of a new teacher at a nearby college in Fayetteville, he pursued and finally met Juletta. They were married on November 23, 1956, and she began a new life of adventure as an Army wife.
Through travels around the country and the world, they raised a family, celebrated life with each other and numerous friends and family members, and blessed many lives through their service and love.
Even after retirement, they pursued journey and adventure, collecting boxes and boxes of photographs that all reflect the love and devotion they had for each other. Rarely did you find one without the other nearby and almost always hand in hand.
They lived in Silver Spring, MD, from 1979 until recently, when they moved to Melbourne, FL, to be near daughter, Sydney. In addition to Charles and Sydney, Juletta’s adoration continues to flow to and through three much-loved grandchildren: Taylor Buck (MD), Bevan Rose-Smith (MA), and Gwyneth Rose-Smith (MA).
Juletta and Charles will be interred together at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery. A celebration of their lives will take place at that time at Colesville United Methodist Church, where they continue to be held close by a cherished community of faithful friends.