Funeral services for E.B. “Bill” Andrews Jr., 94, of Madisonville, are set for 3 p.m. Sunday, June 12, 2016, at First United Methodist Church in Madisonville. Lanier Stevens will officiate, and burial will follow in Madisonville City Cemetery. Visitation was held Saturday, June 11, at Madisonville Funeral Home.
Bill was born in the Greer Community of Madison County on Jan. 27, 1922, to Polly (Goolsby) and E.B. Andrews Sr. He went to be with his Lord on June 9, 2016, at his home in Madisonville. Bill had been a resident of Madisonville all of his life, and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Madisonville. Bill was married to his wife, Elayne, for 72 years. He was a longtime rancher and businessman in Madison County and was also involved in the real estate business.
Bill was a very active member of the Madisonville community during his life, having filled a number of positions and been involved in a number of organizations. He was at one time or another a mayor of Madisonville, a president of the Texas Livestock Market Association, a president of the Madisonville Sidewalk Cattlemen’s Association, a member of the National Livestock market and a president of the Oak Ridge Country Club. Bill had also been on the board of the First National Bank in Madisonville, was a member of the National Auction Association and also built and operated the Madisonville Auction Barn. Bill was a local historian, who loved quail hunting, fishing, gardening, and, most especially, spending time with his family.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Suzanne Andrews Colwell; and a half-brother, Sonny Andrews. He is survived by his wife, Elayne Andrews of Madisonville; granddaughter, Carroll Fox and husband, Phillip; grandson, Brad Bradbury and wife, Denisa, of Madisonville; great-grandchildren, Jordan Dartez, Halli Falke, and Coleton Carswell; and great-great-grandchildren, Cameron, Raymee, Elle and Slate.
Pallbearers will be Steve Andrews, Gus Andrews, Craig Stover, Curtis Park, Justin Dartez, Colton Carswell, Chris Thorton, Bill Manning, Kevin Knight , Charles Park, Roy Lee Copeland, Jay Hardy, Pat Westmoreland, Mac Manning, James Olin Manning, Randy Mathis, Earl White, Bobby Wise, Ed Noey, John Noey, Vivian Noey, George Winston and Clay Andrews, Nathan Dean and Jeff Plotts.
Services are under the direction of Madisonville Funeral Home.