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Raymond Cooper Andrews, Jr., age 71, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017.
He was born on May 25, 1945, in Newport News, the son of Raymond Cooper and Michalina Kochanek Andrews. Ray was a resident of the Peninsula his entire life. He graduated from Newport News High School, the class of 1963. After working briefly at the Newport News Shipyard he graduated from an apprentice school to work as a newspaper pressman. Ray was employed as a press operator for the Daily Press-Times Herald newspapers for 35 years until his retirement in 2001.
Ray was friendly and well loved. He enjoyed nature photography, traveling, reading numerous newspapers and keeping up with current events and spending time with his family, friends and his pet dog, Molly. Ray was a fourth generation member of Orcutt Baptist Church in Newport News and later at Providence United Methodist Church in York County.
He is survived by his loving wife or 17 years, Patricia N. Andrews of Yorktown; his sister, Patricia Andrews Mays and her husband, Frederick of Newport News; his nephew, Erick and his wife, Tara, of Newport News; his niece, Ansley Mays Trice and her husband, Winston of Hayes; great-niece, Payton; three great nephews, Reed, Mays and Massie; an aunt, Ruth Kochanek Cree of Fairhaven, Mass.; and many cousins.
Funeral services will be conducted by the Reverend Douglas Akers on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at Providence United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Family visitation will be at 10 a.m. before the service. Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. at Peninsula Memorial Park in Newport News.
The family wishes to thank the many wonderful caregivers who have loved and helped Ray during the last eighteen months of his life. Your kindness will be always remembered.
If you wish to remember Ray, donations may be made to Providence United Methodist Church, 112 Old Dare Road, Yorktown, VA, 23692.
Arrangements are by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, VA.