Life’s journey begins when one takes God’s first given breath and parents experience that long-awaited cry of joy. A handsome and bouncy baby boy, Jerry Lamar Andrews, gave that cry to his loving parents on June 8th, 1950 in Lagrange, Georgia. Mr. Andrews was the first-born of three children, born to Doris Juanita Andrews-Reynolds and Johnny Lee Andrews. His first delightful cry was indicative of the joy and happiness he would bring to all he met on his life’s journey.
Jerry relocated to Atlanta, along with his family at just the tender age of five. They united with the St. Paul AME Church Congregation. He later joined Beulah Missionary Baptist Church in 1986 and served faithfully until he made his transition. Jerry began his education at Craddock Elementary School and graduated from Samuel Howard Archer High School in 1968. While a student at Archer High, he proudly served as a band drum major and played first string varsity basketball. Jerry participated in the Morris Brown College Upward Bound Program and began his college career at Savannah State College. Jerry married the love of his life, the beautiful Geraldine Parker, who was also his high school sweetheart. During the couple’s fifty-year union, they were blessed with three amazing children.
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On August 22, 2019, Jerry Lamar Andrews Sr., ended the earthly leg of his journey. As he enters the heavenly kingdom, he joins his father, Mr. Johnny Lee Andrews; brother, Roger Andrews; sister, Laverne Reynolds Cliett; and stepfather, Reverend Johnny Reynolds. He is survived by his mother, Doris Reynolds; brother, Johnny Andrews; step brothers, Roger and Mike Thomas; wife, Geraldine Parker Andrews; daughters, Lamartria Andrews and Angela Peterson (Shune Sr.); only son, Jerry Andrews Jr.; grandchildren, Doris Abdullah (Alieu), Denorris Jones, DeAriel Jones, Davion Andrews, JaQuandice Andrews, Nandi Andrews, Jernetta Andrews, Jared Andrews, Shune Peterson Jr., Alexis Peterson, Christian Peterson and DeAngelo Peterson; great-grandchildren, Amiya Abdullah, Alia Abdullah, Alieu Abdullah, Ashanti Peterson, Mati Jones, Devon Jones, Harmony Jones and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
Mr. Andrews was a profound, dedicated husband and father to his family. He loved the Lord with all his heart and soul. His love for music and dance was passed down through his talented children and grandchildren. There would not be a day his humor and sarcasm about life would have you questioning where he stood and what he stood for. Jerry would not want us to be sad about his next journey. While he was a king on earth, he will without a doubt be adorned in heaven. Rejoice for him, he is free! The life of Jerry Lamar Andrews Sr. was a journey well- traveled.
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