December 16, 2016
"For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of
righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at the day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. " - II Timothy 4:6-8
Friday, December 23, 2016
PINEY GROVE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 3135 Church Road
Augusta, Georgia 30909
Reverend James L Reid, Pastor, Officiating
The Life, Commitment, Dedication and Legacy of
Tell me not in mournful numbers life is but an empty dream, and the soul is dead that slumbers and things are not what they seem! Life is real - life is earnest - and the grave is not
its goal... For such words, my friends, were never spoken of the soul!
Today as we pause to commemorate and to reflect deeply into yesteryear, we quickly and fondly remember a stately, God fearing, warm Christian man. A phenomenal person with consistent affections, industrious and friendly, known to many as "AI" and to others as "Drew". Albert began his life-long journey in Augusta, Georgia on March 25, 1958. He was the fifth child of Amos Andrews and the late, Ola Mae Long Andrews. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Ronnie Andrews. Albert was baptized and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Master at a very early age. Albert loved his family and the church.
This man of valor had great loyalty to all humanity was an exemplary of the lofty and high ideals which caused other believers and non-believers alike, to admire and respect that which is good and acceptable in today's society. In addition to sharing with others that he was a Christian man, he would also let you know that when out of uniform and in his stylish attire, he was Mr. "GQ"; and he knew his way around the grill and the kitchen. Albert loved to cook and would let you know that his Bar-B-Que was the best, not just in Georgia, but in the United States or perhaps the World as he would laugh and challenge anyone to a cook-off. Yes, he was full of life and confident in whatever he encountered.
Albert graduated from T.W. Josey High School, Class of 1976. After graduation, he joined and served our country in the United States Army where he obtained the rank of Sergeant and received an Honorable Discharge. Upon returning to civilian life, he joined the staff and retired from the Augusta State Medical Prison. After retirement, he later joined the team at the Augusta, Georgia Marshal's Office until his illness. He departed this life on Friday, December 16, 2016 at University Hospital - Heart and Vascular Institute.
Left to treasure his fond memories are: his beloved father, Amos Andrews; a son, Albert Andrews, Jr.; five devoted and loving sisters, Magnolia Long McDaniel, Geri A. Sams, Shirley A. Dozier, Cynthia D. Nelson and Eddiestine Dubose; aunts, uncles, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Order of Service
Reverend Hayward Dock, Presiding The Prelude - Selected Sacred Hymns
The Congregational Hymn of Humility - "Pass Me Not, 0 Gentle Savior"
Reading From The Holy Bible
The Old Testament - Elder Nancy Ross The New Testament - Minister Dorothy Williams
Invocation of Comfort and Hope
Reverend Dr. Johnny Hampton
Ms. Kim Taylor
Ms. Denise Roland -T.W. Josey H.S. - Class of 1976 Ms. Venus Cain - Friend - Richmond County Board of Education Mr. Fred Blount-Steward - Trinity CME Church - Warrenton, Georgia
Obituary and. Acknowledgments
Ms. Cynthia Reid
Ms. Kim Taylor
Sermon of Comfort
Reverend James L. Reid Pastor, Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church
Interment Walker Memorial Cemetery Laney Walker Boulevard Extension
Augusta, Georgia 30901
Participants for the Celebration Service
Bearers of the Casket
Marshal's Office Men of T.W. Josey Class of 1976
Bearers of the Florals
Ushers T.W. Josey Class of 1976
A L!MB HAS FALLEN FROM THE FAMILY TREE. I KEEP HEARING A VOICE THAT SAY, "GRIEVE NOT FOR ME. REMEMBER THE BEST TIMES, THE LAUGHTER, THE SONG. THE GOOD LIFE I LIVED WHILE I WAS STRONG. CONTINUE MY HERITAGE, I'M COUNTING ON YOU. KEEP SMILING AND SURELY THE SUN WILL SHINE THROUGH. MY MIND IS AT EASE, MY SOUL IS AT REST. REMEMBERING ALL, HOW I TRULY WAS BLESSED. CONTINUE TRADITIONS, NO MATTER HOW SMALL. GO ON WITH YOUR LIFE, DON'T WORRY ABOUT FALLS. I MISS YOU ALL DEARLY, SO KEEP UP YOUR CHIN. UNTIL THE DAY COMES WE'RE TOGETHER AGAIN.
The family of Sergeant Albert Andrews, Sr., acknowledges with profound gratitude all of the acts of kindness, deeds, gestures and concerns shown during Albert's illness, during our the initial period bereavement, and for your sharing in this Celebration. A special thank you to Dr. Darshak Karia, Dr. Ray Johnson and their team at the Heart and Vascular Institute - University Hospital. Indeed, your Christian empathy and sympathy mean more than you can begin to realize! It is because of wonderful and supportive friends and well-wishers like you that we have been able to cope with the inevitable experience called Death. Thanks to all of you for just being there!
W.H. MAYS MORTUARY
"Professional Service A Family Tradition Since 1922" 121 James Brown Boulevard Augusta, Georgia 30901 (706) 722-6401