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Charles Jebez "C.J." Andrews


1929 - 2011 | Obituary Condolences
Charles Jebez "C.J." Andrews Obituary
Charles Jebez (C.J.) Andrews born Sept. 6, 1929 in Southmayd to Ludie and Luther Andrews passed away July 16, 2011. He was the eldest of two children. His heritage was farming but he quickly found success in sports and earned a full basketball scholarship to Austin College in Sherman where he remained an active alumnus.
During his college career, he found his passion for education. His first teaching position was as a coach at Frisco High School in the early fifties, up to his death he marveled at the growth of Frisco. Soon he moved to the Arlington ISD where he remained a beloved elementary principal for decades where he retired from Wimbish Elementary. While teaching full time, he continued his journey of life-long learning by receiving a Ph.D. in elementary education from University of North Texas. He remained devoted to his first love, Honorable Patricia Andrews, who shared his love of learning and travel.
Andrews had a passion for golf, gardening, hand-carved birds and community leadership where he served as past president of the Arlington Lions Club. As a lifetime member of the Lions Club, he took pride in his perfect attendance and the organization's work for organ and eye donor advocacy and providing glasses for children in need. Unknown to many, he was president of the Iris Society and attempted to hybrid his own species of iris. Although he towered over most at 6-feet, 7 inches, his kind heart, sense of humor and sincere love of people created an instant connection with his friends, students, staff and community. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Arlington, Fort Worth Club, and Greater Arlington Lions Club.
He is survived by his wife, Honorable Patricia Andrews of Arlington; son Rex Crosswhite and wife Mary; granddaughter Alicia Crosswhite; grandson Sean Sweeney and wife Justine; great-grand daughter Emma Sweeney, sister Lou Lilly of Bendbrook; nieces Natalie Durant and Donna Pannell. He will lie in state 10 a.m. -7 p.m. Wednesday July 20, 2011 at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home. A funeral service will held 10 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church of Arlington, 313 N. Center St. Arlington, TX 76011 with burial to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Published in The Herald Democrat on July 19, 2011
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