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 William P Andrews

William P Andrews

Birth
Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina, USA
Death 25 Aug 2009 (aged 87)
Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 62710306 · View Source
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Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. (Ps. 116: 15) Born as William P. Andrews on September 8, 1921 to Wiley Berry and Ina Gertrude Andrews in Greensboro, NC, Bill Andrews, whose life was characterized by love, faith, enthusiasm, activity, and service embraced the final leg of his earthly journey as he anticipated meeting his Savior face to face on August 25th, 2009. As the mid sibling in a family with eight children, Bill was looking forward to seeing those who had gone on before: his parents and four siblings: Clarence Howard Andrews (San Antonio, TX), Thelma Louise Woffard (Kernersville, NC), Wiley Berry Andrews III (Greensboro, NC), and Dale Thomas Andrews (Greensboro, NC). Bill is survived by his wife of 63 years, Constance May (Connie - originally of Wenham, MA), his brother Charles Richard Andrews (Greensboro, NC), two sisters: Nancy Jane Smith, (Laurenceville, GA), Mary Ella Gerringer Reid (Greensboro, NC), and his and Connie's four children: William (Jay) P. Andrews Jr., (Raleigh, NC), Martha (Beth) Elizabeth Cobb (San Juan, PR), Mark W. Andrews (Durham, NC), Judith (Judy) Andrews Mays (Apex, NC), six granddaughters: Sarah Catherine Andrews Torres (Sitges, Spain), Rebecca Gwynn Linenger (Charleston, SC), Mary Constance Hamrick (Fairfax, VA), Leah Kathleen Cobb Rankine (Milwaukee, WI), Elizabeth Peden Cobb (Birmingham, AL), Emily Grace Mays (Apex, NC), two grandsons: Joseph (Jay ) Leonard Cobb III (San Juan, PR), Blaine Parker Mays (Apex, NC), and one great granddaughter: Carolina Torres (Sitges, Spain). Bill is also survived by many nieces, nephews, their children and grandchildren.

Bill graduated from Curry High School in Greensboro, NC, the University of Texas in Austin, TX, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. A V-12 Naval officer's training candidate, he also attended the University of Richmond, VA and Harvard University. He graduated as an Ensign in the Supply Corps and terminated his naval career as Lieutenant Junior Grade after eight years of service. While serving in the Supply Corps at Pearl Harbor, he and wife Connie (married Feb 20, 1946) participated in a small independent missionary activity. After being discharged from the Navy and while attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary he served as pastor to Shiloh Baptist Church in Dawson, TX. During studies at Southwestern, the couple also responded to God's call to serve as Foreign Missionaries to Chile, S. America, perhaps, in part, as a result of the seed sown through the Pearl Harbor mission activity. They served in Chile from 1950 to 1987, along with their four children. Upon retirement, Bill continued his commitment to ministry by serving on staff at Providence Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC. He and Connie also served during after retirement on two short-term mission projects: La Serena, Chile in 1992 for four months and Brussels, Belgium for 8 months in 1995. In 1998, Bill and Connie moved to Raleigh, NC to be closer to family. They were blessed by finding unusually supportive friends, neighbors, fellow church members (Forest Hills Baptist Church), fellow believers from other congregations and the proximity of excellent health care. Since Bill was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2006, he has been under the watchful eye and unusually sensitive and expert care of Dr. Yuri Fescoe, his nurse Dori Trone, and the loving staff at the Duke-Raleigh Oncology Clinic. He was graciously tended to in his last days by the caring people of the Hospice network. The family expresses to them profound gratitude for their "second-mile attention" to Bill's needs as well as the needs of his wife and family members. During this three-year extension of his life, the family is also extremely grateful for the vigil at the Throne of Grace of extended family members, neighbors, church friends, bowling partners, Chilean brothers and sisters in Christ, former missionaries to Chile, fellow pastors and other prayer warriors. God responded to all with His characteristic faithfulness. To Him go our eternal thanks, the Honor and the Glory – now and forever. Bill is fondly remembered by all who knew him as an untiring encourager, organizer, and motivator. His concern for others, their faith and their spiritual growth was a driving force in his life even in times of illness.


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  • Created by: pale saint
  • Added: 8 Dec 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 62710306
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William P Andrews (8 Sep 1921–25 Aug 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 62710306, citing Raleigh Memorial Park, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by pale saint (contributor 47166034) .