Later today, several members of the Rotary Club of North Raleigh will gather with friends and family to bid farewell to a great friend and an even better Rotarian. Junius (Jack) Andrews was a formidable man in our community.
Jack was born in Asheville, but moved to Raleigh as a child and became a lifelong resident of this city. He married in 1947 and was married to Alma Andrews for fifty-two years before she passed several years ago.
After graduating from Needham Broughton High School, he entered the United States Navy and served his country during World War II. Recently, he had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to view the memorial of that deadly war. He continued to serve in the Air Force Reserve until he retired in 1987 and attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
After leaving the Navy, he graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in mechanical engineering. While working as an engineer, he worked on the team that designed the Beaufort drawbridge and the NC State tunnel. Later, he entered real estate and became a commercial broker and property manager.
Jack was a charter member of the Rotary Club of North Raleigh and had over 40 years of perfect attendance. A past president and current Sargent-at-Arms, Jack was always willing to volunteer at the club he held dear. A Paul Harris Fellow and the recipient of the Lifetime Rotary Dedication Award in 2008, Jack lived the life of a true Rotarian. He had a dramatic impact on his club and had even volunteered for this year’s golf tournament, despite his age and health.
On Wednesday, the Board of Directors for the North Raleigh Rotary Club voted unanimously to dedicate this year’s golf tournament to him memory and rename the event in future years to the Jack Andrews Memorial Golf Tournament. In the previous three years of the tournament’s existence, Jack did not play, but he volunteered each year and had also volunteered for this year’s event.
“He was always at the front door to greet guest and members”, recalls Steven W. Nelson, President-Elect of the Rotary Club of North Raleigh, “He will be missed by all and his absence has created a vacuum within the club”.
Jack was an avid golfer and a member of the Raleigh Golf Association. He served on the Greens Committee and served as chairman of their Christmas party committee. A longtime member of Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church, he was a past deacon and served on the Garden committee and the Ushers committee.
His memorial service will be held today, Friday, April 5, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church Memorial Garden Fund, the USO of NC, or The Rotary Foundation.