Sept. 25, 1977 Jun. 25, 2003
Cpl. Andrew Forest Chris was killed while on active duty in Bagdad. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Anthony Chris; grandfather, Thomas Phillips Jr.; grandmother, Mary Chris and uncle, Thomas Phillips III. Andrew is survived by his mother, Cheryl Chris Dawson; sister, Summer Rose; and bother, Jamil, all of Baton Rouge, La., Derek (Julie) of Huntsville, and Joshua of Florence; grandmother, Barbara Phillips of Huntsville; three aunts, Connie BeRoth of Seattle, Wash., Edith Phillips of Huntsville and Kim Clements of Arab; one niece, Sierra Chris and one nephew, Takoda Chris. Cpl. Andrew Chris was awarded posthumously The Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal and The Bronze Star with "V" for Valor. Andrew will be remember as a hero who gave his life for family,friends, and country. He was someone who loved and was devoted to his family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Special Operations Warrior's Foundation, P.O. Box 14385, Tampa, Florida 33690, who provides for the survivors of fallen Special Operations servicemen or VFW Post 2702, Operation Uplink, P.O. Box 3323, Huntsville, AL 35810. Operation Uplink provides phone cards for servicemen and women who are stationed overseas to call home. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m today at Valhalla Funeral Home with visitation 2 hours prior to the service. A private committal service will be held at Maple Hill Cemetery.
Published in The Huntsville Times from Jul. 2 to Jul. 3, 2003.