Monday, September 22, 2008

In Loving Memory, Beloved Son, husband, father, friend...

I'll never forget the 1st time I met "Dad" It was Thanksgiving and he and Mom had put together a family dinner. It was the 1st time they would meet me and my 3 children. "Sweetie" and I had not married at that point but Dad, Mom and the entire Andrews clan welcomed us with open arms as if we had always been part of the family.

One thing I remember about dad was his sense of humor, he was so funny to me. Another thing that really impressed me was, you always knew where you stood with dad. He was sincere and straight forward. What you seen was what you got. I have a deep appreciation for that quality. I think far too many people spend far too much time attempting to put a good spin on who and what they are. You got none of that with dad, and he expected the same from the people around him.

I think the thing that touched my heart the most was how he treated the 3 kids that I brought to the family equally to the ones who were born into the family. All 5 of our children loved Paw Paw and he loved them, end of story.

When I think of dad I am reminded that truth, faithfulness, loyalty, love, family, laughter and courage where his gifts to us, and although he is no longer here with us,those are things that will forever live in our hearts.

When I think of Mom, I see the picture of what marriage is. She has stood by her husband through good and bad, sickness & health. Never giving up,no matter the cost. She has strength more than she would ever credit herself with and loves with her whole heart.

Dad, you are loved and will be missed by many.

Mr. John Richard "Rick" Andrews

Mr. John Richard "Rick" Andrews
BURLINGTON - Mr. John Richard "Rick" Andrews, 65, of 1019 Washington St., died at 2:54 a.m. Wednesday, September 17, 2008, at Alamance Regional Medical Center. He had fought a courageous battle with cancer for six years and heart disease for a number of years. He married his high school sweetheart and wife of 47 years, Carol Roper Andrews, who survives. He was an avid woodworker and enjoyed tinkering with computers and watching movies. He was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Graham. He was retired from Alamance County as head of the Printing Department with 27 years of service.
Survivors other than his wife of the home include a daughter, Jennifer A. Boelke and husband, John, of Florida; sons, Richard J. Andrews and wife, Rhonda, of Alabama, and Stephen M. Andrews and wife, Maria, of Florida; 20 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Elizabeth S. Andrews of Graham; a brother, Arthur Lee Andrews of South Carolina; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Castle Andrews and Theressa Terrell Andrews.
The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 21, 2008, at the First Baptist Church of Graham by Dr. David Kolb. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. Saturday, September 20, 2008, at the McClure Funeral Home in Graham, and at other times at the residence of the family.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Gittin and the staff of ARMC Cancer Center as well as the Critical Care Unit doctors and nurses.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Graham, 224 North Main St., Graham, N.C. 27253.
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