Thomas Randal “Randy” Estes, 65, of Monett, died Friday morning, August 17th, following a short illness surrounded by his family at the Ozarks Methodist Manor in Marionville.
Known as “Outlaw,” the “Old Outlaw” or “Snowbird” to his friends and radio listeners, he was born on February 6, 1953, at Aurora Community Hospital in Aurora, Missouri.
He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Stanford Estes, and his mother, Ina Faye (McMorris) Estes, both of Aurora and his grandparents—Frank and Carrie Estes and Herman and Marie McMorris, all of northwest Arkansas.
He was a 1971 graduate of Aurora High School, where he excelled in basketball as part of Coach Dewey Pennell’s Houn’ Dawg basketball team. He was also a member of Auora’s Boy Scout Troop 48. He attended college at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and later graduated with a degree in engineering and radio broadcasting from Elkins Institute in Dallas, Texas. He had a long and colorful career in radio broadcasting and sales, working for KBTN, KSWM, KWTO, Rock 99, Channel 33 and most recently hosted a popular weekend show called the Saturday Morning Shootout with the Old Outlaw for KSWM and KKBL in Aurora and Monett. He also worked as a reporter/photographer, sports editor, and newspaper editor for The Aurora Advertiser in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He was a featured columnist for The Ozarkian Spirit, a magazine published by his sister from 2004 through 2008. More recently, he had been collaborating on a book of columns and stories. He spent 20 years working for EFCO in Monett, as well, retiring four years ago. He loved being an Aurora Houn’ Dawg, spending time with his family and friends, talking politics, discussing books, movies and history, regaling people with stories of his ARMO Electric Softball days and playing pitch at the VFW in Monett.
Survivors include a son, Chad Estes (Diana) of Aurora; a daughter, Cody Murray (Brian) of Aurora; two sisters, Karen Campbell (Roy) and Kim McCully-Mobley (Al), both of Aurora; four grandchildren: Rylee and Mason Murray, Shelby Horton and Hannah Estes; and one great-grandson, Brooks Horton; and a host of additional relatives and friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, August 26th at the Aurora Community Center at 40 West Church Street. There will be an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. A short Celebration of Life service will take place at 4 p.m. and will be followed by a dinner for all relatives and friends. Private graveside services will follow at a later date in Maple Park Cemetery in Aurora.
Memorial contributions are being earmarked for the Aurora Houn’ Dawg Alumni & Outreach Center and can be mailed to: Randy Estes Memorial/c/o Kim McCully-Mobley, Aurora High School, 305 W. Prospect, Aurora, Missouri, 65605. Local arrangements have been under the direction of Peterson Funeral home of Aurora.