Willie Thomas Andrews Sr.
1932 - 2021
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Willie Thomas Andrews Sr.

Knoxville - MR. WILLIE THOMAS ANDREWS, SR. - Age, 88 of Knoxville, TN passed away Saturday, February 20, 2021. He was born November 22, 1932 to the late Willie and Mamie Lou Willis Andrews. He was a veteran of the United States Army and a member of Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church. He is retired from TVA, Holston Hills Country Club, and Andrews Electric. He is preceded in death by his parents, son, Timothy Xavier Andrews, sisters, Dorothy Jones and Marie White, and brothers, Horace, Raymond, Mcbrady Andrews, and Luther Willis.

He is survived by his loving family, wife of 65 years, Annette Maryland McMahan Andrews; sons, Willie Thomas (Kenyetta Upshaw) Andrews, Jr., Michael Kevin (Harriet Clark) Andrews, Carlos Vincent, and Desmond Q. Andrews; daughters, Faye (Larry) Stoval, Angela Bly, Joyce Andrews, and Joyeisha Andrews; grandchildren, Keondra, Angela, Demarcus (Niesha), Thomas Andrews, and a host of other grandchildren; brother, David (Ruthan) Andrews; sister-in-law, Jeanette Battle; brother-in-law, George McMahan, Jr.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

Following the guidelines of COVID-19, the family is enforcing that all attendees wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Mass will be on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. with Father Tim Sullivan at Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 414 W Vine Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. at Unity Mortuary, 1425 McCalla Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915. Interment Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 8:30 A.M. at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, 2200 E Governor John Sevier Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37920. Arrangements entrusted to Willis Funeral Home, Inc.




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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Feb. 22 to Feb. 23, 2021.
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February 27, 2021
I have known Willie for many years from Holston Hills Country Club. His son went to Catholic with my sister Tina. Willie was the finest person you would ever know. My heart goes out to his family. He will be missed by many. Karen Lobetti Bacon
Karen Bacon
February 25, 2021
To all the Andrews, Battles and McMahans, who brought so much joy and laughter to our lives, we send our deepest sympathies for the loss of this wonderful man who meant everything to you and yours.

The Bentley kids: Tommy, Jeannie, Mark, Ann and Amy
Jeannie Holt
February 25, 2021
Our condolences and much love to the entire Andrew/Willis family. May God continue to comfort each of you during your time of sorrow. Hold on to God's unchanging hand.

Linda & Tim Lattimore
Linda Lattimore
Friend
February 25, 2021
Uncle Willie was a very special person he loved everyone he treated me like family all the time just found out about his passing. I will forever love Uncle Willie and will miss him more than you will know. Rest now my man you will be MISSED dearly
Robert Watson
February 25, 2021
To the Andrew’s family, the heavens have received a nice man with a beautiful personality, demeanor, and smile that could put a smile on your face on seeing him. I will never forget coming into contact with him when we all lived in holston. I’m sure he will be missed, but the memories he left behind can lift your spirits by just thinking of him. Praying for you all and keeping you in my thoughts.
Paulette. Blanton- Herbin
Acquaintance
February 24, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Maxine Evans and Family
February 24, 2021
Des,
Sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Sending my prayers and condolences.
Angelia Harris
Friend
February 24, 2021
Mr. Andrews was a GREAT man. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. May GOD wrap his loving and comforting arms around you all to bring you peace. Love and Hugs
Frank & Sharon Brown, Shamie, Ashley, Tiny, JJ and The Booker Family
February 24, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Andrew's family.

Willie was a blessing to us all!

Sincerely,
Don and Sarah Cassell
don cassell
February 24, 2021
To the Family of Mr. Willie,
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during your time of grief. Mr. Willie was a good friend to my Dad and we have so many childhood memories spent with your family. My Dad told so many stories about Mr. Willie and him and the more he told them, the better they got. (LOL) Mr. Willie always had a smile and will truly be missed. Mr. Willie was a Blessing and may his Memories give you Joy to know that his Homegoing is a Celebration of a Life well lived. Praying God wraps His Arms around your Family during this time to give you Comfort.
Melodie Martin Daniels
Friend
February 24, 2021
I only knew Willie as the nice Chef that worked Saturday mornings in the old Bean Station, but he was always such a light and so kind. Never saw him even look sideways at anyone and his biscuit and gravy was legendary. Thanks for being a kind force in the community.
February 24, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Jones family
Friend
February 23, 2021
Willie was an excepetioal human being. Always had a smile and Always got your day started off pleasantly. There are very few people you meet in life that you can Always depend on making you feel special every single time you meet them. His signature "Wilie's Omelette" was famous & the best because it not only tasted delicious.....but came with that sincere heartfelt connection.
Rock Saraceni
Friend
February 23, 2021
Willie was a good friend to all who were fortunate to know him. I will miss his pleasant demeanor and kind heart. He was the consummate gentleman. May the good lord bring the family peace through your loss and sorrow.
Dan Stewart
Friend
February 23, 2021
Mr. Andrews was a wonderful family man and gentleman. He and his wife always welcomed the children’s friends into their home where we have many many memories. It’s hard to live up to the leadership and work ethic he inspired. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. The DeWine family and the Andrews family always loved each other and always will.
Mike DeWine
Friend
February 23, 2021
Mr. Andrews made the best breakfast in the world. He was a kind, smiling and caring person to generations of kids in our neighborhood and a good friend to us as adults. Rest in Peace Mr. Andrews and thank you for your smile and good grace.
Emily Jones
Neighbor
February 23, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Annette Teasley
Friend
February 23, 2021
Mr. Willie, a hardworking family man. Admired by many. Blessed to have known him. Rest in Peace.
Kathy D. Latimer
Friend
February 23, 2021
To the family of Brother Willie T. Andrews, Sr., the family of the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 2504 Cecil Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917, offers our deepest condolences in the lost of an Andrews legend. Brother Willie’s great smiles and warm greetings will be sorely missed. We pray for God’s gracious healing hands upon you as you celebrate his life.
We love you,
Elder Joe B. Maddox, Pastor
Joe B. Maddox
Friend
February 23, 2021
We cannot possibly describe our love for Willie. Those of us at Holston Hills Country Club that were blessed to work with Willie loved him dearly. Willie was so kind and friendly and could light the room up with his smile and fun outlook on life. Our heart and prayers go out to Ms. Annette and the entire family.
We love you Willie and can't wait to see you again.
Chris Dibble
Coworker
February 23, 2021
I came to Holston Hills Country Club 20 years ago. Willie was the first person I meet that made me feel welcome and at home. I soon discovered that was his nature, he made everyone he came in contact with feel special and welcomed. Over the years when I speak to new members I am almost always asked if Mr. Andrews is still around as people going back more that 40 years have fond memories of him and the way he made them feel. Willie Andrews was a very special man that will be missed by the entire community at HHCC. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family.
Jim Disney
Coworker
February 23, 2021
Our condolence to the family. We will never forget the smile and sweet spirit of Mr. Andrews.
Chenitha Drake
February 23, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
william widener
Friend
February 23, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
February 23, 2021
We pray that GOD will comfort your hearts and give you a peace that passes all understanding.
Troy Grimes, Nikkii, Karen, Allen Cromer Jr and Family
Family
February 23, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Marvin Kemp
Friend
February 23, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Venus Styles
Friend
February 23, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Anthony (Tony) Waters Tampa, Florida
Neighbor
February 23, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Helen H Waters & Family Knoxville, Tennessee
Neighbor
February 22, 2021
Many years ago Willie brought his large family reunion tu visit me in Washington, and I showed them around the Capitol. Another time he invited me and I went by his family Thanksgiving dinner. I talked with him often at Houston Hills. He was a good and kind man and one the finest I have ever known.
John J. Duncan, Jr.
Friend
February 22, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Jeneen Upshaw
Friend
February 22, 2021
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.
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