Judis R. "Jay" Andrews Sr.
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Judis "Jay" R. Andrews, Sr.

Phoenix - Judis "Jay" R. Andrews, Sr. (78) of Phoenix AZ transitioned from this life on December 22nd 2019. Judis is survived by his wife of over 40 years Cheryl, with a blended family of (8) children and multiple grand and great-grandchildren. Services will be held on January 11, 2020. The viewing at 10AM, services at 11:00AM Fountain of Life House of Worship; 8838 South 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85041

Judis 'Jay" Andrews, Sr. received his Juris Doctorate in 1972, a member of the State Bar of Arizona. He practiced law from: The Law Offices of Judis R. Andrews, Sr. from 1988 until retirement specializing in criminal law, personal injury, some civil, probate and DUI cases. 'Jay' previously worked as a Maricopa County Deputy Public Defender and during that time he became the Trial Group Supervisor. He also co-authored and was responsible for designing, developing and implementing the office practice and procedures for training of investigators and attorneys used by the Public Defender 'Jay' was also a Senior Partner with Andrews and Johnson; Andrews & Tinsley and of Counsel for Curry, Pearson and Wooten.

Judis 'Jay' was an ordained minister and Elder at Fountain of Life House of Worship, Phoenix, AZ. He was active in multiple legal, civil and community organizations to include: Maricopa County Superior Court, National Black Republican Council, Maricopa County Juvenile Court, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Arizona Commission of Post, Arizona Real Estate Commission, Governor Advisory Commission on Sports, Arizona State University Scholarship Committee, Civil East Neighborhood Council, Negro Political Action Association, NAACP, C.O.R.E. and Martin Luther King Center, Negro Political Action Association of Arizona and many other civic and community organizations.

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Jan. 7 to Jan. 10, 2020.
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January 4, 2021
My spiritual brother i will always love you .
Calvin Coleman
May 21, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Cynthia Taylor
February 2, 2020
My father is my hero. He was always my friend, father, pastor and counselor. I have so many fond memories of us together as a family. Even in my darkest moments, he lifted my spirits in prayer. I will miss him dearly and I know that he is in a better place. May you continue God's legacy in heaven. I love you more..your daughter Kathryn.
Kathryn Andrews
January 30, 2020
One of the best persons I have ever known. You could talk to him about anything and he was always there to help you if needed and sometimes would step up to help without being asked, but was always on point. I called him chief and he called me doc. So many good memories, most of all he was the "real" older brother I always wanted!
Irving Patterson
January 15, 2020
I have many fond memories of Jay. He and I had a great relationship. He was very helpful to me too numerous to mention them all. Two things for sure I'll never forget is him calling me Miss Marye and loving my soupy grits (smile).
Marye Patterson
January 15, 2020
Jay, where do I begin with so much to say. You came into our family when I was 16 years old and our big brother little sis relationship blossomed into a beautiful thing over the years. Our long walks whenever I'd visit AZ, walking the beaches in San Diego and in Hawaii where we'd go the International Market every day. I still have the purple lei you bought me hanging from my rear view mirror. It has gone from car to car but always with me. The wisdom, the love, the encouragement, your men's breakfasts when you'd come up and talk to all the men in the family will never be forgotten. Of course I wasn't there but I'm sure you had everyone's ear for you were always highly respected and a wonderful leader. Listening to you speak on the Lord, your beliefs, family values, your life experiences, finances and how I wasn't doing it right (smile) and when I almost fell out the chair when during a marriage counseling session you asked if I was ready to obey. You being you took me a on a journey I will always cherish. Your love for my sister...You loved you some Cheryl made me appreciate and love you more. You fought a hard battle and was very determined to make certain things were in place just right before you let go. On my last visit in November, as I was leaving, I looked back, blew you a kiss and you raised your right hand and gave a slight smile. Call me what you want....Carmine, Carmen, Blackberry, kid, lil sis..... I miss you already.
Carmen Dixon
January 14, 2020
Rev. Lige Alex Ellis
January 14, 2020
To my mentor, partner, and friend. Thank you for the wisdom you shared, the faith you demonstrated, and courage you evidenced throughout your life. A true original. God bless you my brother. Leonard G. Brown
January 14, 2020
Rest in heavenly Peace Grandpa, I never got to really know you but I really did get to know you. Thanks for the night you spent with me and my big bro your words will never be forgotten by me and your truth that you told is safe with ME. Love you and see you when I get there, your grandson Micheal Andrews
Micheal Andrews
January 12, 2020
My brother Jay we will always be together far ever,your brother calvin.i will always hit it long and straight, I only wish you were her to watch,because of you I am TV ready.
Calvin Coleman
January 11, 2020
Elder Judis Andrews was a beautiful person who always presented a glowing spirit. His presence will be missed but I know the gates of Heaven welcomed him with open arms. Family please know that I will continue to keep you in my prayers. Be well and be blessed.
Vera Woodard
January 10, 2020
To Cheryl and your entire family from the Andrews to the Pattersons and anyone elses life that this man Mr Andrews has touched . Dear Jay I appreciate you and your ability to speak the word with courage and passion. You always found a way to reach out and touch someone. Its been nearly 20yrs since I seen you and I can still feel your presence as if you were always walking beside me. I believe in my heart that you are one of the lords many many shepards and I hope your wife cheryl ,your children and all of your loved ones find comfort in knowing that this is evidence that your spirit is alive because I know im not the only one who can still feel your presence or remember your words and many ways that you had an impact on our lives. May you rest in piece my brother because we heard you and your spirit lives on because we still hear you. Dear Cheryl you and your entire family has always supported the Dixon family so to you and all of the Andrews /Patterson family I love you guys and You got me. Im here as Jay would say Im here for you Im your Brother always.
Vartan Dixon
January 10, 2020
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Joseph Stull
January 10, 2020
A great man is gone; We will miss you and love you forever.
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Joseph Stull
January 10, 2020
I met Jay in the early 1980s when I was a young lawyer representing creditors in bankruptcy court and Jay was counsel for debtors, fighting to protect their assets. I quickly came to respect Jay as a lawyer and I knew his word was his bond.
But in 1985 I joined the Public Defender's Office and Jay was suddenly no longer my adversary. He was my first supervisor! I learned so much from him and I will always be grateful for his praise, guidance, and, yes, criticism---almost always earned. I'll be missing you, Mr. Andrews. Your rest is well-earned, sir.
Garrett Simpson
January 9, 2020
Jay was my first "boss" when I got out of law school and moved to AZ from the Midwest. Though we didn't work together all that long, he will always be special in that regard. As a young lawyer, he taught me some invaluable lessons, not the least of which were "if you have something you want someone to see, put it in their chair, not on their desk!" and for us guys with bigger necks, to put a little piece of tape on the back of your tie to keep the ends together so you don't look sloppy in Court. Rest in Peace, brother Jay.
Sean Clancey
January 9, 2020
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
2 Thessalonians 3:16
Mary Anita and Bobbie Stull
January 8, 2020
Jay, thank you for consoling and counsel when my father died. Thank you for your wise advice when I was a very young, gifted, and black public defender. Thank you for deep and lasting life discussions. Thank you for your light.
January 8, 2020
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Phillip Brown
January 8, 2020
My condolences are extended as you mourn the loss of your dear loved one. May you find comfort and strength to cope during this trying time. (Psalm 90:10)
January 7, 2020
Sherry Hawkins
January 7, 2020
I will always cherish our long talks on all subjects. When I came down from Washington we would sit drinking coffee and sharing stories losing track of time. Cheryl could come back from work and comment you guys have been sitting there all day. We would look at her and then realize that yes in deed we had been laughing and talking the entire day. You always had a listening ear. I still hear you calling me "Bawanna". You fought a long, tough battle but my brother you are home now. We will meet again and share stories and laughs. You will always hold a special place in my heart.

Juanne Douglas
Federal Way, WA
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