March 30, 1944 ~ August 15, 2013

Born in: Akron, Ohio,
Resided in: Arden, NC

Randy passed away quietly Thursday, August 15, 2013 at the VA Hospice Center surrounded by his wife and children. A native of Akron, Ohio, he was son of the late Milford Charles and Lillian Arleen Bowman Tissot. Randy began his racing career at the age of 16, driving a Street Stock at Hollywood Speedway in Hollywood Fla. in 1960. He worked at Tom Waterton's Garage where he learned mechanic and body work. The next couple of years he had numerous wins driving a Sportsman car and Late Model Stock car at South Florida tracks. In the summer of 1964 he moved to Alabama and competed in NASCAR Sportman races with the well know "Alabama Gang", of Bobby & Donnie Allison and Red Farmer, to be eligible to compete in the Daytona Permatex 300, in Feb. 1965. At the age of 20 he made the race and finished 10th. In 1965 his racing career had him traveling to Eua Gallie, Orlando and Palm Beach Speedways each week winning the Championship at Eua Gallie, Palm Beach and Orlando Speedways. He was drafted in August of 1966, and spend a year in Vietnam, as a Helicopter crew chief. He received 8 Air Medals, the 2nd thru the 10th, Oak Leaf Clusters during his year in Vietnam. After being discharged from the Army in 1968, he resumed his racing career and began driving for Billy Myers, again, competing at Fort Pierce Speedway and Palm Beach Fairgrounds. He was best known for driving the famous Flying "ZERO" for the Bean Pickers at Hialeah Speedway. Perry Jones, who hailed from Hendersonville, NC was one of the owners along with Gene Ingram. In 1972 Chuck Little and Randy formed Tilitco Enterprises and ran NASCAR Grand National( what is now know as Sprint Cup) in 1973, 1974 and 1975 on a limited schedule. He and his family along with the entire race team moved to Asheville in 1975 making the travel time to tracks much shorter. In 1976 they stepped down to the Sportsman division( now the Nationwide Division) and finished 5th in the point standings in 1977, running 85 races that year, from Florida to Maine. He and Jack Ingram traveled together during these two years and remain friends today. After retiring from touring he raced a few Sportsman races. The last one being at North Wilkesboro in 1981, where he sat on the pole and lead all 100 laps. He competed at Asheville Speedway during the next 5 years on occassion, until his son, Lee started his racing career at the age of 17, at Asheville Speedway. Randy operated a garage in Avery's Creek after retiring. Surviving is his wife, Patricia Carpinelli Tissot; a daughter, Nicole Leigh Tissot of Huntersville; a son, Lee Randall Tissot and his wife, Jodie and their children, Emma Lee and Addison Lee Tissot. He is also survived by two brothers, Wayne A. Tissot and his wife, Janice and their son, Allen of Graham, N.C. and by Bruce C. Tissot and his wife, Kathy of Palm Beach and their daughters, Michelle Tissot Marchese and Melissa Tissot and their children, A.J. and Alissa. Graveside services for Randy will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 19, 2013 at Shepherd Memorial Park with the Reverend Roger Rearden officiating. The NC National Guard will perform military honors. The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian. The family request that memorials be made to the Valor Hospice Unit c/o Charles A. George Medical Center 1100 Tunnel Road Asheville, N.C. 28805.

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  1. I first met Randy in 1975. He had just moved here from Florida. I just walked into his temporary shop he had just moved into on Whitted Street in Hendersonville. I thought, ‘Oh man! Somebody’s building race cars right here in Hooterville.’ From that day on I’ve had the privilege of being a life long friend to him & Patty. He hung a nickname on me that I carry to this day. PD. (Short for Pretty Daddy). I want to offer my sincere condolences to Patty, Lee & Nicole. May the Good Lord bless & comfort you all in your time of grief.

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  2. Patty, Lee, and Nicole,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. I know all too well what you are going through. Rely on the Lord for strength!! Cherish all your precious memories, guard them safely in your heart!!
    Praying for you all,
    Cindy Porter and family

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  3. RIP dear friend, so saddened by the news, some of my most precious memories were our times together, that old ‘Black Car’ made me famous, prayers to all your family. #27

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  4. Lets celebrate the wonderful,caring life of my friend Randy. I was new to the garage but he made me feel like I was one of the gang. We talked a lot about his pride in passing the racing torch to his son,Lee. He was equally proud of Nicole and her accomplishments. It goes without saying the apple of his eyes were his precious granddaughters . I remember great days at the lake house including my first jet ski ride that Randy settled me in and gave me confidence that I could do it.
    The great memories are just to numerous to mention.
    You have crossed the finish line Randy. Be at peace. We love you

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  5. Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to Randy’s family. He will be sorely missed. Finest man you would ever want to hang out with. Many good times in his garage and home. Praying for comfort for all of you!

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  6. Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to Randy’s family. He will be sorely missed. Finest man you would ever want to hang out with. Many good times in his garage and home. Praying for comfort for all of you!

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  7. Randy: Neil called me late Sunday night and told me about your passing. I wish to heck I had found out sooner and I would have driven up to see you. I’ll never forget the good times me,you,Neil and the other fellas had at your shop and at the house in Avery’s creek. My sincere condolences go out to Patty and Lee and the rest of the family. I’m sure Neil and me will see you one day in the future.

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