LEONARD FRED ANDREWS
Leonard Fred Andrews was the only child born to the proud parents of Fred Andrews and Mary “Babe” Baton-Andrews in Longview, Texas on the Twenty-First day of August in the year of Nineteen-Forty-Five.
Leonard’s mother, Mary (Babe) decided to relocate to Richmond CA, to be near all of her siblings and family when Leonard was a very young child. Leonard quickly became friends and bonded closely with his two cousins, Jacqui and Manuel Baten.
They were like “Three Peas in a Pod”. Where you saw one the other two were not far behind. During Leonard and his two cousins pre-teen years, Vickie Lynn Baton was born. They were more like sisters and brothers, a family relationship that not only grew closer as they grew older, but still has lasted to this day. Leonard graduated from then Richmond Union High School in 1963 and attended Contra Costa College. In 1966, he enlisted in the US Army during the Viet Nam War and stationed in Germany. Leonard was honorably discharged in 1971.
Leonard was able to secure a position at the Union Oil Refinery for many years. He later joined the Security Staff at the George Moscone Center in San Francisco, where he quickly became a Supervisor. He continued to work in the field of security, as an armed guard for over 35 years, achieving the rank of Captainship until his retirement in January 2019.
Leonard was introduced to Carol by his late cousin, Manuel Baten on September 19, 2003 and later united in holy matrimony on September 19, 2011. Their union created a blended family which included, his son, Bryan Andrews, Sr together with Lucy, Samson, Agnes and David Jite-Ogbuehi. Carol and Leonard considered their family like branches on a tree, all growing in different directions yet their roots remained as one in Christ.
Leonard professed Christ at an early age, uniting with the North Richmond Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of the late Reverend Watkins. Leonard was known as an adept and skilled member of the Usher Board Ministry during his services in the church. He later united with Rock of Ages Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorage of Reverend Otha Johnson and served faithfully together with his wife, Carol Jite -Andrews. Leonard was passionate about learning more about God’s Word, this was evident in his attendance in Sunday school and Wednesday night Bible Study.
Leonard Fred Andrews having finished his course, took his final breath and quietly slept away, on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. He is now absent from his body but we can be assured that his soul is present with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
He leaves to forever cherish his memory, his loving wife, Carol Jean Jite-Andrews, his son, Bryan Andrews, Sr., (Nicole Williams), grandson, Bryan Andrews, Jr., blended children: Lucy N., Samson U., Agnes N., and David A. Jite-Ogbuehi; Special close family members cousin/sisters: Jacqueline Baten and Vicky Lynn Baton; nieces, Jereal Avery and Jayna Alexis Davis, Great Nephew, Jayden Josiah Vallare; Cousins, Gregory Lynn (Frankie) Dearion, Linda (Billy) Price, Derwin McLemore; Best friend, Murphy (Celeste) Carr ; GodFather, James (Jim) Terrell, God-Daughter, Angelica West, the Rock Of Ages Missionary Baptist Church Family, and a host of family members and friends.
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