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Joe R. Andrews, Jr.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 • Posted November 4, 2009

Longtime educator, Dr. Joe R. Andrews, passed away October 27, 2009, after a brief illness.

Joe was born in Junction, on June 30, 1923; the son of Joe and Betty Andrews. He attended Junction schools, graduating in 1942. After serving in World War II, he enrolled in Southwest Texas State College, where he met the love of his life, Jeanette Lyckman, of Brady. They were married on August 23, 1947, and were together for almost 61 years before her death in 2008.

Joe is survived by his two sons, and his daughters-in-law, Joe, III, and his wife Janet, of Sonora, Steve and his wife, Nancy, of Mason, and three grandchildren, Joe IV, Scott, and Audrey.

After graduating from college, Joe began his “professional career” as a athletic coach progressing to high school principal and ultimately Superintendent of schools. He was Superintendent in: Mertzon, Danbury, Hitchcock, Boling, and Sonora; where he retired in 1983.

Active in civic affairs, Joe served as a city councilman in Junction, was a member of the Lions Club, a ‘York Rite’ Mason, and a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Junction.

Special thanks to Dr. Martinez and the nurses of Kimble Hospital for their loving care of Dad.

Dad’s service was held at First Baptist Church, in Junction, Texas, on Friday, October 30, 2009, at 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to the Friends of the Kimble County Library, West Texas Rehab, or your favorite charity.

Services are entrusted to Gentry-Fife Funeral Home of Junction, Texas.

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