Richard  Andrews, Jr.
Richard  Andrews, Jr.

Obituary of Richard Patrick Andrews, Jr.

Richard Patrick Andrews, Jr., 73, of Columbia, SC, passed peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday, September 24, 2021.

Born September 11, 1948 in Manhattan, NY, he was a son of the late Richard P. Andrews, Sr. and Winifred Jackson Andrews.

Richard was a proud retired Vietnam Air Force veteran. He served in the Air Force for 22 years and was an Aircraft maintenance officer. His love for the military extended out to younger generations in Sumter, where he taught JROTC for 20 years. Richard had a love for learning and earned his Bachelor of Arts at St. Leo University, as well as a Master’s degree at University of Northern Colorado. He was a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. He also had a love for cars, and was a proud member of the Porsche Club and Clutch Rally Car Club. Richard loved being a father and a grandfather. He instilled the love of family to all he met.

He is survived by two daughters, Ashton Drumgoole of Elgin, SC, and Anissa Hembolt (Troy) of CT; sons Richard Andrews III (Chennae) of Columbia, SC, and Philip Andrews of Los Angeles, CA; sister, Elise Andrews Nicholson-Dukes (William) of Hempstead, NY; and four grandchildren: Owen Andrews, Nolan Andrews, Alana Drumgoole, and Chloe Payne. Richard is also survived by Wanda Andrews, who he was married to for over 30 years, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and relatives.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Philip and Warren Andrews. Richard will be missed deeply by his extended family and many friends.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate his life on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 9:30am at Woodridge Memorial Park Lakeside Gazebo, 138 Corley Mill Road, Lexington, SC. Burial with full military honors will be held at Fort Jackson National Cemetery at 12:00pm. A public viewing will be held on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 from 6:30-8:00pm at Thompson Funeral Home Greenlawn Chapel, 845 Leesburg Road, Columbia, SC 29209. The service may be viewed by TribuCast by clicking here or by accessing the following link: https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/3128229784

Thompson Funeral Home at Greenlawn Memorial Park is assisting the Andrews family.

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday
29
September

Visitation

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Thompson Funeral Home at Greenlawn Memorial Park
845 Leesburg Road
Columbia, South Carolina, United States
803-776-1092
Thursday
30
September

Funeral Service

9:30 am
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Woodridge Memorial Park Gazebo
135 Corley Mill Road
Lexington, South Carolina, United States
Thursday
30
September

Burial

12:00 pm
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Fort Jackson National Cemetery
4170 Percival Road
Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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