David Andrews Sr.

David Chisholm Andrews Sr., of River Bend, NC, and Seffner, FL, passed away on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 in Seffner.

He was born May 7, 1924, to Ada W. (Dixon) and M. Speer Andrews.  He was a January 1943 graduate of Flushing High School and a 1950 graduate of Columbia College in New York City.  He completed his fifth year at Teacher’s College of Columbia University in 1951. Previously, he had served in the U. S. Armed Forces, and had been an engineer at WNYC, New York City’s official radio station.

In 1946, he married Janet Elizabeth Lock of Flushing, and they had three sons: David C. Andrews Jr. (Pam) of Cold Brook; Kenneth Paul Andrews (Charmaine) of Seffner, FL and Captain Douglas Chase Andrews, USAF, Retired, (Susan).  Mr. Andrews is survived by his sons, David Jr. and Ken; five grandchildren; seven (soon-to-be eight) great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. John A. (Caroline) Phillips of Anchorage, AK.

He was predeceased by his wife on September 30, 2011, his son Doug on September 30, 1996, his parents, his brother Chase and sisters Elizabeth, Marion, Mary and Frances.

He was a great-grandson of Connecticut Senator James Dixon.  Senator and Mrs. Dixon were close friends of President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln. Elizabeth Dixon sat with Mary Lincoln all through the long hours of that fateful night in February 1865.  The Dixons’ son, James, was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Second Connecticut Heavy Artillery, and was in six battles in the Civil War.  Before being mustered out in 1870, he was assigned to Custer’s Seventh Cavalry and fought in the Indian wars. Mr. Andrews’ middle name came from distant relation, Jesse Chisholm of cattle trail fame.

Mr. Andrews was a high school history teacher for 33 years, 1951 – 1984. He taught one year in Merrick, and 32 years at Andes Central School.

In 1967, he was selected for a fellowship for a summer’s study at the State University of New York at Oneonta. In 1969, he was honored with a William Robertson Coe Fellowship for a summer’s study at SUNY Stony Brook.  Earlier in his career, he held several public relations posts in the New York State Teacher’s Association.  

In 1975, he and a teacher-colleague in Canoga Park, CA, co-founded the James Willard Schultz Society to honor this old-time author of books on American Indian life.  Mr. Andrews edited the Society’s quarterly journal, The Piegan Storyteller, throughout its 21-year run.  Piegan, (paýgan) refers to the southern branch of the Blackfeet Confederacy.  The society held seven triennial meetings for its members: Six at Glacier National Park and one at Fort Benton, MT.  In 1993, he was honored by the tribe when the Indian name Mesumamones (Long-time Otter) was conferred upon him by George Kicking Woman, a highly respected tribal holy man.

Mr. Andrews also edited and had published by the University of Oklahoma Press in 2002 the final collection of Schultz’ short stories: Blackfeet Tales from Apikuni’s World.  Apikuni was the name given to Schultz by the Blackfeet Indians of Montana.

A joint memorial service of thanksgiving for and in celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Andrews’ lives will be held at Christ Church, New Bern, NC at a later date, followed by a reception at the Ministry Center. Their final resting place will be in the outdoor chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests and appreciates that donations from those who wish to do so be made to the Christ Church Memorial Fund, 320 Pollock St., New Bern, NC 28563; Religious Community Services, 919 George St., New Bern, NC 28560; United Hospice of Coastal Carolina, 1310 Helen Avenue, New Bern, NC 28560; or LifePath Hospice, 12973 Telecom Parkway, Suite 100, Temple Terrace, FL 33637.