James Nielsen Andrews Sr.

Published 9:24 am Tuesday, September 21, 2021

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Mr. James Nielsen Andrews Sr., 93, of Cary died  on  Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Wilkesboro, with the Rev. Stephanie Parker officiating.  Burial will follow in the church graveyard. There will be a reception following the service in St. Paul’s Parish Hall.

Mr. Andrews was born in Miami, Fla. to William Hollinger Andrews Jr. and Otilia Nielsen Andrews. He graduated with honors from Mars Hill College.He transferred to NC State and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural and biological chemistry. He worked for Holly Farms for 40 years and held several positions including: vice president of feed manufacturing, vice president of poultry nutrition and vice president of quality assurance. Following that career, he became self-employed as a feed consultant working with private clients and doing volunteer work in many countries. In 2016, he was elected to the Wilkes County Agricultural Hall of Fame. He served as a volunteer at the Wilkes Heritage Museum and was named a trustee emeritus by the museum. He was a 25-year member of The Kiwanis Club, and he received the George F. Hixson Award (one of the highest given by the club). He received many awards for his contributions to the poultry industry and for his volunteer work. He was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and served as a member of the Vestry. He served on the Valle Crucis Conference Center Board of Directors and served on the board of advisors for the Lake Logan Episcopal Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Mary Lou Andrews, Evelyn Palm, Joanne Andrews, and Martha A. Albert.

Survivors: his wife of 71 years, Rose Emma Simmons Andrews of the home; 2 sons, James Nielsen Andrews Jr. and wife Karen of Willow Springs and Paul Stephen Andrews of Hillsborough; 5 grandchildren, Meredith A. Lazicki (Randall), Lauren E. Szvetitz (Patrick), Paul N. Andrews (Debbie), Laura M. Cage (Matt) and Stephen L. Andrews (Justine); 9 great-grandchildren, Kasen Lazicki, Holden Lazicki, Colton Szvetitz, Declan Szvetitz, Aimee Szvetitz, Lacey Szvetitz, James Cage, Pierce Cage, and Dean Cage; and a brother; John Andrews of Blairsville, Ga.

Memorials: Wilkes Heritage Museum, PO Box 935, Wilkesboro, 28697; or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, PO Box 95, Wilkesboro, 28697.

Condolences: www.reinssturdivant.com.