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Morristown Veteran to Speak

Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 8:06 am

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Mount Olive Baptist Church (South) in Knoxville, Tennessee will host John Randall Kington on Sunday, April 21 during the 10:30 a.m. Worship Service.

Randy grew up in Morristown and at the age of 19 joined the Marine Corp. He soon became a rifleman and platoon radio operator with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines.

On March 21, 1966, Randy’s platoon spearheaded an assault against the 21st North Vietnamese Army Regiment. Against overwhelming odds, Echo Co. lost 95 young Marines in a matter of moments. Before the Marines finally secured victory, Kington was shot in the neck and lost all feeling in his body. After 9 months of the most intense fighting of the Vietnam War, 19 year old Kington was now paralyzed from the chest down and destined to be in a wheelchair for the remainder of his life.

Randy’s life since his injury is best summed up in the title of his autobiography–What a Life. He met his wife Patty, and went back to school achieving a Masters and CPA. Randy was an associate professor, tax partner, and with Patty, owned their own CPA firm. Randy credits the successes of his life to the faith gained from a battlefield conversion on that fateful day in 1966.
Randy Kington is positive proof that barriers can be overcome. Randy’s courage, his refusal to give up, and a strong faith in God sustained him through times that would defeat most.

We welcome you to come and hear Randy’s testimony and inspiration message which describes the price that was paid to triumph over the most difficult of obstacles, but also the rewards that come from overcoming.
For more information, contact Mount Olive Baptist Church at 865-577-5559 or email

Mount Olive Baptist Church (South)
2500 Maryville Pike
Knoxville, TN 37920