Cover photo for William "Randy" Gean's Obituary
1949 William "Randy" Gean 2024

William "Randy" Gean

September 1, 1949 — February 11, 2024

Buchanan, TN

William “Randy” Gean, age 74 of Buchanan, TN, died Sunday, February 11, 2024, at Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, TN.

He was a longtime member of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Buchanan, TN, where he had served as a deacon since 2000.   He was a member of the last high school graduating class of Cottage Grove School in 1969.  Randy formerly worked at H.C. Spinks Clay Company for four years, and then worked for Holley Carburetor for 18 years until its closure in the 1980s.  After a two-year stint at Servall, Randy joined the Henry County Sheriff’s Department in 1989, where he served for 29 years.  He retired as Chief Deputy in 2016 serving as the department’s longest tenured chief deputy, spanning four sheriff’s administrations.   Randy was elected as Henry County Commissioner of the 1st District in 2014, continuing to serve the surrounding community, and was a 35-year member of the Fraternal Order of Police, where he was currently serving as vice-president.  He enjoyed serving at the fish tent each year during the World’s Biggest Fish Fry for over 25 years. Randy loved God, family, friends, and the Tennessee Volunteers.  He enjoyed playing golf, deer, rabbit, and turkey hunting, and fishing.

Randy was born September 1, 1949, in Dyersburg, TN, to the late William Taylor Gean and the late Dorothy Grissom Gean.

 He was married September 11, 1969, to his high school sweetheart, Rita Watkins Gean, who survives, of Buchanan. TN.

 Along with his wife, he is also survived by his daughter, Jinny Gean (Mark) Pritchett of Paris, TN; his son, William Jeffery “Jeff” Gean of Paris, TN; three sisters, Shelia (Freddie) Cole of Buchanan, TN, Lee Anne (Barry) Barnett of Camden, TN, and Darie (Jason) Loggains of Melbourne, AR; one sister-in-law, Connie Gean of FL; two brothers in law, Jerry Mack (Sue)Watkins of Dover, TN, and Franky (Jan) Hosford of Paris. TN;  four grandchildren, Jessica (Jacob) Gomoljak, Natalie Gean, Devin Pritchett, and Aubrie Pritchett; and several special nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.

 In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one sister and brother-in-law, Joyce & Chuck Abbott; one brother, Bill Gean; and two Guardian Angel grandchildren, Catie Gean Pritchett and baby Gean.

 Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap Street/PO Box 788, Paris, TN 38242.  Visitation will be Thursday, February 15, 2024, from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home, and will continue Friday February 16, 2024, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at Maplewood Baptist Church, 8700 Hwy 218 Bypass, Paris, TN 38242.   The funeral service will be Friday, February 16, 2024, at 1:00 pm at Maplewood Baptist Church, with Mike White and Josh Frey officiating.

 Serving as pallbearers for the service will be Devin Pritchett, Josh Frey, Scott Wyrick, Ricky Watson, John McNutt, Ron Eaker, Dalton Watson, and Ronnie Cole. Honorary pallbearers will be Brent Greer, Dell Carter, John Penn Ridgeway, and members of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, and members of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church.

 Burial will be in Walker Cemetery in Paris, TN.

 Memorials may be made to Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, c/o Paul Stawski 4800 Claytontown Rd,, Buchanan, TN 38222, or to the Fraternal Order of Police, PO Box 755, Paris, TN 38242

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of William "Randy" Gean, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, February 15, 2024

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Ridgeway Funeral Home

201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN 38242

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Friday, February 16, 2024

10:00am - 1:00 pm (Central time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Funeral Service

Friday, February 16, 2024

Starts at 1:00 pm (Central time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 4675

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree