Faye Blount Andrews, 101, passed away at about 5 a.m. on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at her home in Normangee. Visitation was Saturday, May 19, at Cozart Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Sunday, May 20, at Willowhole Chapel, with the Revs. Will Odom, Al Jolly and Damon Cook officiating. Interment followed at Willowhole Cemetery. Pallbearers were Floyd Drake, Robert Kelly, Damon Cook, Bobby Morse, Josh Odom and Tyler Johnson.
Faye is survived by three nephews and two nieces: Lloyd Carter of North Zulch and Normangee, Charles Franklin and wife Ima Jean of Austin, Leslie Wiliams of Omaha, Joyce Puckett and husband Jay "Rocky" of Garden Ridge, and Janet Robinson of Bryan; and by one sister-in-law, Betty Jo King of North Zulch.
Arrangements were under the direction of Cozart Funeral Home of Normangee.
The following eulogy was composed by Lloyd Carter, nephew of Faye Andrews, and contains a brief sketch of Faye Blount Andrews' 101 years of life.
“From this nephew’s perspective, among the positive qualities of Aunt Faye's life was an overriding determination to succeed at whatever she was undertaking. She was born March 26, 1917, to Adolphus and Emma Rasco Blount in North Zulch. Among her chores, while growing up, was washing clothes in a stock tank located about 100 yards from her parents' house. She used a rub board and lye soap, and hung the clothes on bushes to dry.
“She graduated from North Zulch High School in 1934 as salutatorian, missing being valedictorian by a fraction of a point. She then attended Madisonville High School and was graduated a second time in 1935. That year, before she could start on her way to school, she had to get up in the morning and milk a cow, and then walk about a mile to Grover Wilson's service station on Highway 21 to catch a school bus to Madisonville. This was during the depths of the Great Depression, and she had three cotton dresses, which she wore in rotation.
“On Dec. 26, 1936, she married Forrest Hill Andrews. They had been schoolmates and had known one another since the sixth grade. Forrest was engaged in pipeline construction, and eventually became a field superintendent for Penzien, a pipline river crossing contractor, located in Omaha. During their pipeline years they traveled extensively in the United States and Canada, but the jobs were primarily in the Midwest, constructing pipelines across the great rivers such as the Mississippi.
“During World War II, Forrest was stationed at Camp Roberts, San Luis Obispo, Calif. Aunt Faye had a job on base, using a pickup truck to move supplies around the base and was aided by German prisoners of war. She talked about how nice and polite they were.
“She was a helpmate to her husband, whether on their farm property or on a pipeline job. On the pipeline, they maintained a company radio base station, in their apartment, where Aunt Faye directed 18-wheelers with equipment and supplies and vendors to the pipeline right-of-way jobsite, aII while continuing her work as a homemaker — cooking, washing, ironing and household cleaning.
“One event that is particularly etched in my memory, as a 6-year-old child, is of Aunt Faye, dressed in her Sunday best, using a felt board as a teaching aid to display Bible figures, teaching our Sunday morning childrens' Bible school class at the back of the adult congregation of the North Zulch Church of Christ. This was in 1950 or 1951, and the church had no separate childrens' classroom at that time.
“Forrest died suddenly on Aug. 3, 1965, with a heart attack at the age of 47. Aunt Faye's life then changed drastically. She worked as a salesperson that first Christmas, at the Ladies Shop in Madisonville. Then in 1966, she moved to Rosenberg, to be near her sister, Burna Williams. They were especially close, being the two youngest children in a family of eight. In Rosenberg, she was employed as a dental assistant.
“In 1967, at the age of 50, she entered Sam Houston State College as a freshman. In 1970, after only three years, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Library Science and History. She made a few B's, but mostly all A's. She then went on to do graduate work at Texas A&M University, working in the A&M library, then going on to the University of Texas at Austin for more graduate work.
“In 1972, she built her present home next to her sister, Emma Franklin, in Normangee. She then devoted her time to community service, vegetable gardening, home, church and church-related activities. She worked at the Normangee polling place on election days, and served as a Leon County delegate to five Republican State conventions. She also served as secretary of Willowhole Cemetery Association from 1972 to 2003, a total of 31 years.
“From 1983 to 1992, she worked with World Bible School, sending out Bible lessons to more than 600 students. In 1983 she spent two weeks with a group of 33 on a Campaign for Christ in Memphis, Tenn., and the following year, she was in New Orleans for two weeks at the World's Fair, working in an exhibit for churches of Christ.
“She served a secretary for the Col. George Dashiell Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revelation, serving as Regent from 1989 to 1993. Her membership in the DAR spanned 37 years. One DAR project that especially interested her was the organization's placement of prints of the painting "The Prayer at Valley Forge," by Arnold Friberg. In 2009, the DAR placed the prints in surrounding county courthouses. and public buildings., Aunt Faye contributed the framed prints for this project. She wanted to raise public awareness regarding the sacrifice made during the severe winter of 1777-78 at Valley Forge. The picture depicts George Washington's prayerful appeal to God to sustain the American struggle for freedom and independence.
“The guiding principles and great priorities of her life were her Christian faith, purposeful work, and love of country. Consistent with these principles, in addition to supporting her church, she supported such church-related groups as Eastern European Missions, Apologetics Press, In Search of the Lord's Way with Brother Mack Lyon, World Video Bible School, and World Christian Broadcasting, which was one of her favorites. Additionally, she enthusiastically supported such patriotic conservative groups as Concerned Women for America, Eagle Forum, Texas Right to Life, and American Family Association, as well as other like-minded organizations too numerous to mention.
“In the final analysis, the most powerful motivating force in Aunt Faye's life was her Christian faith. For most of her life span, she was faithfully at Sunday morning and evening worship services and Wednesday night Bible study. What the apostle Paul has to say in Second Timothy 4:7-8 could now appropriately apply to her life: ‘I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me on that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.’
“For those of us, family and friends, who know the record of Aunt Faye's life and actions, it would be reasonable now to conclude that she has now already achieved that ultimate and everlasting success and already heard that welcome plaudit, from Him who sits on the Great Throne of God, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant ... enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.’"