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Randy M. Looper
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Randy M. Looper, 69, of Gainesville, died Sept. 10, 2016.

Born Sept. 4, 1947, Randy grew up in Dawson County, after which he lived in Atlanta and in Washington, D.C. for 14 years, before moving to Gainesville.

He graduated from Dawson County High School in 1965 and earned a master's degree from the University of Georgia.

He did his student teaching at Tucker High School, after which he taught at Sequoyah High School in Doraville.

Following his teaching career he worked a period of time at General Motors and was then employed with Vada Sporting Goods in Doraville.

For the past 30 years, Randy worked as a flight attendant for United Airlines and for the past 15 years he specialized in international flights.

While in Washington, he lobbied for the Association of Flight Attendants for issues concerning airline safety.

In the 1970s Randy was instrumental in the formation of the Dawson County Jaycees, where he helped develop the Fall Festival, which is now the Moonshine Festival, and the Empty Stocking Fund, which is now K.A.R.E. for Kids.

He loved politics and managed several campaigns, which included campaigns for his father and a race for Georgia's governor.

Randy loved animals, loved living on the lake and was very passionate about the University of Georgia Bulldogs.

He was a member of Dawsonville Baptist Church.

His father, Max R. Looper; and a brother-in-law, Mark Haselton, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his partner, Alfredo "Freddy" Debernardi of Gainesville; mother, Virginia Looper Taylor of Alpharetta; sisters and brother-in-law, Vicki Looper of Cumming, Pamela Haselton of Alpharetta, Melody and Jimmy Collins of Dawsonville; brother and sister-in-law, Kevin and Lisa Taylor Cumming; niece, Jennifer Burt and her husband, Eugene, of Dawsonville; nephew, Dustin McElroy of Alpharetta; great-niece and nephew, Natalie Burt and Andrew Burt; various other relatives also survive.

Memorial services will be held at 5 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Bearden Funeral Home Chapel.

All his Georgia Bulldog friends and family are encouraged to wear their Georgia shirts.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to K.A.R.E. for Kids, P.O. Box 211, Dawsonville, GA 30534 or to the Dawson County Humane Society, 633 Martin Rd., Dawsonville, GA 30534.

Bearden Funeral Home of Dawsonville is in charge of the arrangements.