Robert T. Andrews was born in Uriah Alabama on 2 May 1936 to Josephine Pettibone at the home of his Aunt Mazie Pettibone Parker. A few months after birth, Hosea Andrews and Barbara Pettibone Andrews adopted him. He attended the School Systems at Loxley (Ellisville), onto Baldwin County Training School at Daphne Alabama, ending up at Tuskegee University where he received the honor of “Most Improved Engineering Student” for the class of 1960. Along with this honor, he earned a Degree in Electrical Engineering, and a Commission as a 2nd Lt in the US Army Signal Corp. “Mom & Pop” along with other previous educators were very proud.
Robert T. reported to active duty and had a two (2) year tour of duty at the White Sands Missile Range, with a (STRAC) Strategic Army Corp Unit. He soon became Commanding Officer of the Unit due primarily to the escalating Viet Nam War.
Once back at the DOD, Andrews escalated up the Technical ladder developing an expertise in DoD Naval Communications systems. Andrews, along with his technical staff, developed advanced communication systems that permitted the Naval Airborne Weapon Systems to detect the presence of enemy submarine systems covertly and at extended operational ranges. From this effort, universal communication system standards were also developed and remain in use today by the United States and many of its’ Allied Countries [Australia, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand].
He retired after 35 years of service and migrated back to his Alabama roots. Andrews rejoined the Mount Aid Baptist Church and reinstalled himself in his hometown of Loxley Alabama (CY 2000).
He leaves to cherish his memories, six children, Linda Smith of Fairhope, AL, Cheryl A. Andrews-Adair of Hatboro, PA, Robin R. Andrews-Sigler of Phoenixville, PA, Denise A. Andrews of Middletown, DE, Robert T. Andrews, Jr. of TX, and Thomas K. Andrews of Horsham, PA; six grandchildren, one sister, Jeanette Knights Ginwright of Foley AL; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral hour at Mt. Aid Missionary Baptist Church, 9470 Samuel Jenkins Highway 90, Daphne, AL, 36526. Interment will follow in Mt. Aid Church Cemetery .
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