Malcolm Andrews, Sr. was known by several different names, Dad, Daddy, Papa, Uncle, Andy, Buddy, Mr. A. and Superman. Sadly, on Sunday, July 23, 2023 passed away in Jacksonville after an extended illness. He was looking so young and handsome and was surrounded by loved ones, his wife of 51 years, Betty Gladden Andrews aka Lois Lane. Also with him was his youngest son, Perry Andrews, aka Daddy boy, of Jacksonville, his favorite daughter, Donita Andrews Freeman and his favorite son-in-law, both from Swainsboro, Georgia, and his nephew Bobby Pittman of Jacksonville.
Malcolm Andrews was born on February 27, 1940 to Jim Jefferson Andrews and Donnie Tyre Andrews (deceased) in Providence, Florida and grew up in Lake Butler, Florida.
He was 1 of 13 siblings, he was number 7 in birth order. His siblings are: Mildred Andrews King (Willie-both deceased), Meme Andrews Morgan (John-both deceased), James Andrews (Bobbie), Frank Andrews (Joan-both deceased), Bobby Andrews (deceased) Betty Zimmerman, Neva Andrews (deceased), Perry Andrews (Emmie-both deceased), Ken Andrews (deceased), RL (deceased) Albert Andrews, Alvin Andrews, RL Moore (deceased).
He left behind an amazing wife, Betty Gladden Andrews, three children, Malcolm (Jeanetta) Andrews, Jr. of Georgia, Donita Andrews Freeman (Andy), of Swainsboro Georgia, Perry Andrews (Sarah) of Jacksonville, 15 grandchildren, Laura Andrews , William (Leeda) Andrews, Emma (Mike) Griggs, Sarah (Alex) Spasov, Hannah Andrews, Matthew Andrews, Felicity Andrews, Rebecca Andrews, James Andrews, Faith Andrews, Stephen Andrews, Brent Freeman (Julie) of Garfield, Georgia, Cory Freeman (Kristen) of Twin City, Georgia , Mary Andrews, Aden Gibbs and 8 great grandchildren, Renae Andrews, Natalya Andrews, Jamilllah Douglas, Lexi Freeman, Chloe Freeman, Rosie Freeman, Julie Freeman and Sam Freeman. He left behind brothers, Albert Andrews, Alvin (Loraine) Andrews, sister Betty Zimmerman, and many, many nephews and nieces and more friends than we can count.
He joined the navy when he was 17 and served 3 years and was honorably discharged and he served in the army as a paratrooper, with the 82nd Airborne for 3 years and was honorably discharged.
God sent him his soul mate, Betty Gladden Andrews, to him in 1971. They knew each other for 3 months and would have celebrated 52 years this September. He would tell people that after he met her, he had been Gladdened ever since they met.
He was a Jack of all trades, military, carpenter, pile driver, car salesman. He was a natural born salesman. He loved the art of wheeling and dealing. He was a business owner, he owned and operated with his brother Perry, Andrews Brothers Car Sales. He owned and operated A’s Cards & Comics, a comic book and memorabilia store on the Westside with his son, Perry.
He will be forever remembered for many things, he could never pass up a good estate sale, yard sale or flea market. He was a jokester. He was always smiling and laughing and making others smile and laugh. He loved singing. He was a fan of many artists, but Creedence Clearwater was his favorite.
He had a kind and compassionate heart. He was always ready to help others. He was just a phone call away. He loved his family and friends big!! He was loyal to his family and friends.
He loved to tell stories, especially the story when he had to try to cover Bob Hayes, at the time The World’s Fastest Man, in a pickup football game. He was the life of the party. He loved life.
Funeral services where we will celebrate his life, will be Thursday, July 27, 2023, at 12:00 noon, at Fraser Funeral Home on Normandy Blvd. Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 26, 2023, at 5:00-8:00 pm.
Visitation, Wednesday, July 26
Other family and friends 6-8
Funeral Thursday, July 27 at 12:00
In lieu of Flowers please donate to St. Jude children’s hospital.
but they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.