William Edward Andrews (Bil, as he spelled it, or Willie to his family), 61, of Richmond, Va., passed away Sunday, June 1, 2014, after a brief struggle with cancer and heart disease.

He was born July 25, 1952, in Petersburg, Va., to the late James Robert Andrews and Ruby Porter Andrews.

He is survived by his brother, James F. Andrews (Linda) of Petersburg; two sisters, Joan Burnett of Clarksville and Nancy Batte of Church Road; his wife, Susan Orr of Richmond; and his children, daughter, Lauryn Andrews-Marek of Dinwiddie, and sons, Robert Carey Andrews and William Harrison Andrews, both of Richmond. He also had a large extended family.

Bil received his BSW and MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University. He went on to have a long and successful career as a licensed clinical social worker, mostly serving in the field of substance abuse and addictions.

Bil was a gifted therapist who was known for his authenticity with his clients as well as with his friends and family. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was famous for his ability to deliver witty one-liners at just the right moment.

He was a sports enthusiast who loved fishing and attending sporting events, and was a passionate VCU basketball fan and season ticket holder.

Mostly, Bil was a husband, brother, co-worker, father to his children, both two- and four-legged, and a devoted friend. He will be greatly missed.

A celebration of his life will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 6, 2014, at Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church, 2300 Dumbarton Road, Henrico, VA 23228. The service will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a reception.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bil's name to the McShin Foundation, 2300 Dumbarton Road, Henrico, VA 23228, or to the 12-step program of your choice.

Published in The Progress-Index on June 5, 2014