Gene Edward Andrews
Gene Edward Andrews, 59, of the Rock Springs community near Monticello, put on his armor and joined the angels in the Army of God early Wednesday morning, March 25, 2009, in the loving arms of his wife.
Gene was born in San Jose, Calif., on December 20, 1949, to Lillian Fay Ogles Andrews and Cecil Andrews. He was 3 years old when the family moved back to Collins, Ark.
He graduated from Monticello High School in 1968 and was a member of the first class to hold a diploma from the University of Arkansas after Arkansas A&M merged with the University System; in 1974, he received his BSE in Health, Physical Education and Speech with certification to teach secondary education. Gene coached junior and senior high football and basketball, taught speech and directed plays at McGehee and Hermitage. After earning his elementary certification, he found his true teaching love teaching sixth grade at Drew Central. This May, he is to be honored to receive the Distinguished Service Award for the Drew Central School District. Gene was also a member of the Arkansas National Guard from 1970-1976.
Gene is a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Warren where he is a member of the Hope Sunday School Class and the Worship Choir.
An avid sportsman, Gene loved to fish and hunt, but his favorite was Red fishing in Venice, La., and turkey hunting everywhere with his “little buddy,” Clark Wilmoth. His only regret was that there was no more hunting and fishing!
He is preceded in death by his parents, Fay and Cecil Andrews; his maternal grandparents, Mary and Aaron Ogles; his paternal grandparents, Carrie and William “Bill” Andrews; and his mother-in-law, Margaret Curry.
Gene is survived by his wife of 38 years, Glenda Curry Andrews; his daughter, Jill Andrews Bodiford, and her husband, Greg Bodiford; and his “Pecial,” Allissa Claire Bodiford, all of Rock Springs. Also surviving are his brother, Harold Andrews, and his wife, Carolyn, of Monticello; two nephews, David Andrews (Michelle) and their daughter, Catherine, of Lake Village, and Mark Andrews (Diana) of Monticello. Special survivors are his best friend, Clark Wilmoth, and his family; and his “across the yard neighbor,” Tommy Free. His constant shadows were Trixie and TomBoy.
Gene loved God, Country, and his family, and had so many friends, all to whom he was a wonderful inspiration of faith, love, laughter and happiness. He will be missed by so many.
A celebration of Gene’s life will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home with the Revs. David Richey, Robin Hood and Zan Pierce officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. It was his prayer that a cure be found for this horrible disease so children and their parents would never have to endure this pain.