This afternoon, I had the honor to provide the graveside ceremony for my father Ray Andrews. Below is the obituary written by Greene Funeral Home, Rock Hill, SC.
ROCK HILL –Lt. Col. Raymond G. Andrews, US Army (Ret), 78, passed away on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at his home.
The funeral service will be 3pm on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel, 2133 Ebenezer Rd, Rock Hill, SC with Dr. James D. Whitmire officiating. Burial will be in Fort Jackson National Cemetery on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 2pm.
Born in Pensacola, FL, Lt. Col. Andrews was a son of the late James Ellis Andrews and the late Annie Findlay Smith Andrews. He was a retired US Army veteran of 22 years. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Field Artillery. He began his career serving as the Air Defense Command Choral Group Director. Career highlights include two tours in combat, in the Republic of Vietnam, serving first as a Chinook Helicopter pilot and finishing his duties as commander of a Chinook Company. He concluded his career serving as the Professor of Military Science at Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC. He then served 17years in the Laurens School District 55 and later served as the Administrator of Spartanburg Christian Academy. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Rock Hill and enjoyed music, gardening and fishing.
Surviving are his wife, Connie Jo Dooley Andrews; his children, Rachel Childress and her husband, Franklin of Lorton, VA, Scott Andrews and his wife, Eva of Rock Hill and Keith Andrews and his wife, Monica of Ft. Bliss, TX; his daughter-in-law, Kay Andrews of Columbia, SC; his siblings, Louise Doyle of Gulf Breeze, FL, Douglas Andrews and his wife, Edie of Pensacola, FL, Glenn Andrews and his wife, Betty of Holiday Isle, Ark. and Warren Andrews of Bowling Green, VA; seven grandchildren, Caroline Childress, Sydney and Emily Andrews, Elizabeth Anne, Mary Catherine, William and Jenny Andrews; and two step-grandchildren, Jonathan Gainey and Jessica Buzhardt. He was preceded in death by his son, Darryl Andrews and two sisters.