“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
For a simple accident to call Russell Randall Grace Jr. to be with his Lord is a tragedy. But for those who called him husband, father, and friend, “tragedy” seems too small a sentiment to describe the loss of this amazing man who touched so many and gave so much.
Randall was born on November 30, 1971, in Corpus Christi, Texas. He spent part of his childhood in Phoenix, Arizona, before moving back to Houston and attending Episcopal High School, where he graduated in 1990. Randall attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, where he served as captain of the polo team. He was also president of his senior class and gave the commencement address at his graduation in 1994.
Randall joined Chilton Capital Management as an Investment Analyst in 1997. He soon obtained his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification and quickly grew into the position of Portfolio Manager, assuming greater roles in the growing company as time went on. A voracious reader with a desire to never stop learning, Randall went on to earn his Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation. In 2018, he was added to Chilton’s Board of Managers; in 2020, he was named CFO of the firm. Throughout his career, Randall always put the interests of his clients and his teammates before his own as he worked tirelessly on his campaign to “make Chilton great.” His enthusiasm, dedication, and positivity will be dearly missed by his colleagues.
Randall believed that not a moment nor second of any day should be wasted and dedicated much of his time to giving back. Randall served on the Vestry, Stewardship Council Member, Master Planning, Senior Council, Building for the Ages Campaign, and Wayside Chapel Committees at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. He was the Jr. Warden, Men of St. Martin’s President, Stewardship Committee Co-Chair, CCSC Endowment and Steering Committee member, and involved in numerous other outreach activities for the church. He was a valued member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, where he served on the Gatekeepers, Transportation, and Mutton Bustin’ Committees. Randall served as Board Treasurer and Endowment member for Christian Community Service Center. His love of nature was evident through his involvement with the Memorial Park Conservancy as board member and golf tournament chair. Randall’s support and board service to SIRE and the Houston Polo Club exemplified his passion for horses. Randall was elected to membership of Houston Country Club in 2009 and served on its Entertainment, House, and Tennis Committees. He was also a proud member of the Houston Chapter of Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin.
His philosophy was that any time spent outdoors was a gift, and he was always up for a new adventure. Besides polo, he was passionate about bird hunting. He treasured his time in South Texas quail hunting and spending time around the fire with good friends. Randall loved sharing the duck blind with his family, as well as his hunting buddies. He traveled from South Dakota to Georgia with his friends and family in pursuit of a rewarding bird hunt. But Randall’s passions ran wide. He also enjoyed backcountry skiing, fishing, scuba diving, golf, and tennis. Randall was his children’s biggest cheerleader, always encouraging McKay and Rand in all that they did. Whether on the slopes, water skiing, at sporting events, or any family activity, you could always sense his pride through his loud cheers. One of his favorite experiences was a family mission trip to El Salvador, volunteering for days with various organizations. A highlight of the trip was learning to surf with his family.
One of Randall’s favorite events was the Pichones Y Pachanga Annual Shoot that he hosted at his family’s farm, Mas O’ Menos, in Kenney, Texas. He loved the friendly competition and comradery. One year Randall finally won his own shoot and was often seen wearing the belt buckle trophy that he himself had designed. Having never met a stranger, his magnetic personality was uniquely genuine. A weekly favorite of his was sharing family dinners at El Patio.
Randall is preceded in death by his mother Jean Lykes Grace; and maternal grandparents, Jean and Buddy Lykes; and paternal grandparents, Evelyn and Russell Grace. Left to cherish his memory are his devoted wife, Hollis Hughes Grace, their two children, McKay and Rand; as well as his father, Dr. Russell Randall Grace and wife, Jane; sister, Charlotte and husband, Brian Grove; and brother, Reverend Jimmy Grace and wife, Marla; and sister Ali and husband, Sam Gorgen. Also surviving Randall are his in-laws, Jeanette and James Hughes; Heather and Blair Nelson; two nieces, four nephews and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A memorial service is to be held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. Please visit https://www.dignitymemorial.com/ for more information.
In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed to:
St. Martin's Episcopal Church, https://stmartinsepiscopal.org/honorariumsmemorials/, 717 Sage Rd, Houston, TX 77056;
Memorial Park Conservancy, https://www.memorialparkconservancy.org/donate,
7575 N Picnic Ln, Houston, TX 77007
Christian Community Service Center, https://ccschouston.org/support-ccsc/donate/,
P.O. Box 27924, Houston, TX 77027-7924.
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