Robbie Dee "Bob" Andrews Sr., 88, a native of Grove Hill and longtime resident of Mobile, passed away after a brief illness on June 15, 2009 at Providence Hospital in Mobile.
One-half of the MGM recording artists "The Andrews Brothers" who wrote and composed for Acuff-Rose Publications and recorded 18 records which are in the Country Music Hall of Fame Foundation Library in Nashville, Tenn., loved music his entire life. He is listed in the Alabama Music Hall of Fame as "One of the State's notable music achievers". The Andrews Brothers were regulars on local radio and television shows as part of the Alabama Jubilee as well as performed in numerous county fairs, local nightclubs and events in the Southeast.
He was a retired heavy equipment crane operator and the oldest living member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local No. 653 where he was a member for more than 67 years. A veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Randolph CV15, he was also a member of S.B. Adams Lodge No. 884 F & AM.
Annie Belle Moorer Andrews, his loving wife of 62 years; son, Robbie D. "Bill" Andrews Jr.; parents James Robert "Rob" and Carrie Sue Lowrey Andrews; brothers Homer, J.C. and Coley Andrews; and two sisters, Lucille Hudson and Opal Myrick, preceded him in death.
Survivors include son C.E. (Sandy) Andrews Sr. of Mobile; sister, Lottie Hare of Dickinson; brother, Eason Andrews of Mobile; grandchildren, Jeanne (Eddy) Velaski, Lynette Brown, E.C. (Cindy) Andrews Jr., Deanna (David) Pollard, Brent (Becky) Andrews, Brett (Ambi) Andrews, Amy Katherine (Jim) Bennett and Bart (Molly) Andrews; 21 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
Funeral services were June 19 in the chapel of Pine Crest Funeral Home in Mobile. Interment followed in the Pine Crest Cemetery.
Pallbearers included C.E. Andrews Jr., Brent R. Andrews, Brett R. Andrews, Bart L. Andrews, Jim D. Bennett and Edmund A. Velaski Sr.