William A. “Bill” An­drews

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MAY 23, 1931 - NOVEM­BER 7, 2018 DURHAM

William A. “Bill” An­drews of Durham, NC passed away on Novem­ber 7, 2018 sur­rounded by his lov­ing fam­ily. He was 87. He was born in Durham, NC on May 23, 1931 to the late William P. and Lil­lie Mae Wright An­drews.

Bill grew up in Orange County and grad­u­ated from Hills­bor­ough ( Hills­boro) High School in1949. He served three years in the U. S. Naval Re­serve prior to his em­ploy­ment at Duke Power Com­pany’s Eno power plant. He re­tired from Duke Power in 1986 as an Area Su­per­in­ten­dent af­ter 37 years of em­ploy­ment. He was ac­tive in the Duke En­ergy Re­tirees As­so­ci­a­tion, which rec­og­nized him as the 2006 Vol­un­teer of the Year for his com­mit­ment to reg­u­lar per­for­mances with his coun­try mu­sic band, es­pe­cially for the long term res­i­dents at the Vet­er­ans Ad­min­is­tra­tion Hos­pi­tal in Durham. Bill was a life­long mem­ber of Mt. Her­mon Bap­tist Church in Orange County.

Bill’s life- long love for mak­ing mu­sic was clear to ev­ery­one who knew him. He could ex­pertly play any in­stru­ment at hand whether it was a rhythm or elec­tric gui­tar, a man­dolin, a pi­ano or the fid­dle. He and his for­mer band, The Bea­cons, played gospel and coun­try mu­sic at lo­cal events for many years. Af­ter the band dis­banded, he and a few friends con­tin­ued play­ing for vet­er­ans, church groups and nurs­ing home res­i­dents.

Bill also en­joyed sports, whether par­tic­i­pat­ing, — as a young man he was a mem­ber of the lo­cal com­mu­nity base­ball team — at­tend­ing, or watch­ing, es­pe­cially Duke- Carolina bas­ket­ball and foot­ball games. He al­ways sup­ported ACC teams when they played out­side the con­fer­ence.

Bill’s lively sense of hu­mor and fun- lov­ing an­tics were leg­endary with his fam­ily and friends. He al­ways en­joyed a good joke and had a to­tally in­fec­tious laugh. He was hap­pi­est when he was with his fam­ily or out­doors – whether he was fish­ing or hunt­ing or tend­ing his gar­den or just cut­ting wood.

Bill is sur­vived by his wife of 45 years, Bon­nie Cheek An­drews. With his for­mer wife, Nell Franklin An­drews, he leaves his three chil­dren: Su­san An­drews Halki­o­tis (Stephen) and William Joseph An­drews of Hills­bor­ough and Pa­tri­cia Ellen An­drews of Durham. Also, a step- son Paul Steel­man of Kin­ston. He is also sur­vived by his seven grand­chil­dren Kather­ine Doven­barger Knowles (Dan) and Matthew Doven­barger (Meghan) of Hills­bor­ough NC, Heather Turner of Durham, Emily A. Wright ( Mike) of Suf­folk VA., Jen­nifer A. Parks ( William) of Court­land VA, Melissa A. Evans ( Pat) of Asheville NC and Christo­pher An­drews of Durham NC and 18 great grand­chil­dren. Sur­vivors also in­clude beloved cousins Carolyn Bab­cock Wil­liams and her hus­band John Wil­liams of Or­lando, Flor­ida, Ja­clyn Wil­liams of Hills­bor­ough, NC, and Harold An­drews and his wife Jeanne of Chapel Hill.

The fam­ily is es­pe­cially grate­ful to Duke Hos­pice, Alex Wa­home and Pas­tor Sib­rian who lov­ingly cared for Bill dur­ing his fi­nal ill­ness.

Vis­i­ta­tion will be at Mt. Her­mon Bap­tist Church, 4511 Old State Hwy 10, Durham, NC, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM on Sun­day, Novem­ber 11, prior to ser­vices be­gin­ning at 2:00 PM. Com­mit­ment and burial will fol­low at the Mt. Her­mon Church Ceme­tery.

The fam­ily is be­ing as­sisted by Cle­ments Fu­neral and Cre­ma­tion Ser­vices, Inc. in Durham. On­line con­do­lences may be sent to www.clements­fu­ner alser­vice.com

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