Mr. James Edward Andrews, Sr. departed this life September 22, 2017.
James was born in Greenwood, South Carolina on October 26, 1940 to the late Willie and Frances Lewis Andrews. He spent his early years in Greenwood and moved with his family to Manhattan, New York at a young age. He attended Samuel Gompers High School where he met the love of his life, Dorothy Mae Freeman. They were married shortly thereafter and four children were born to this union.
He worked for the New York City Housing Authority as a groundskeeper and later as a New York City Traffic Enforcement Agent. He also worked for Mother Gaston Senior Center as a cook. He and his wife Dorothy retired to Virginia Beach in 2007.
James was a member of the Forever Young Senior Group at the Bow Creek Recreation Center where he enjoyed fellowship with other seniors and attending special events. One of his favorite pastimes was sitting on the boardwalk where he took delight in conversation with those passing by and reflecting on his life.
James was predeceased by his parents; his beloved wife, Dorothy Freeman Andrews; his brother, Willie Andrews, Jr. and his sister, Dorothy Andrews.
He leaves to mourn his passing, two daughters, Debra R. Andrews of Brooklyn, NY and Teresa Andrews of Newark, NJ; three sons, Tyrone Freeman of Bronx, NY, James Andrews, Jr. of Manhattan, NY and Bryant Andrews of Upstate, NY; one sister, Katherine Bernard of Brooklyn, NY; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
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