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“Robert and Jane Silvey Andrews were friends of our when they were dating and Jane was teaching at Williams Baptist College. We enjoyed Robert's...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Jerry and Barbara Gibbens - AR

“Robert possessed such beauty and glory and though I knew him for such a brief time, I am forever grateful to have known him at all. Faith ...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Mary Ann Segars aka JaxDem - FL

“When all is said about the life of a human being, we leave few things to really treasure behind. If you have left memories of love, kindness, support...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Susan Pashkoff - London, UK

“Thank you for letting me into your life. You are such a loving and caring person and i know that where you are going, you will be greeted with open...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Betty Lanier - Raleigh, NC

“I greatly admired Robert, he was a great man with an even greater soul. He will be missed. Hugs from Boston. ”
5 of 20 | Posted by: Terry - Boston, MA - friend

“Robert introduced me to things that have since remained steady interests throughout my life. He was a master storyteller with a fantastic sense of...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Daniel Cole - Memphis, TN

“Robert, you were a wonderful man with such a kind soul. I enjoyed getting to know you online and wish I’d had the privilege to meet you in person....Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Susan Estinson - Portland, OR

“Barry and Ada Joe and all, I was so sorry to come home and see this sad news. My thoughts are with all of you who loved him and had him near you...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Jennifer Miller-Smith jlms qkw - UT

“((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((Robert))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) I will always remember your sense of humour, your intelligence, and the...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Heather Stecher - Ottawa, WA

“Goodbye sweet Robert. The world is darker and colder without your warm, beautiful, bright presence. You are very much loved. I will miss you! This...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Michelle Fistek - Ashland, NH

“Robert was a kind, sweet, funny man and I feel priviledged to have known him. I will always carry him in my heart and remember how his gentle soul...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Allison Jewell - Dallas, TX

“Dearest Robert and Barry! What an inspiration you were and are for all of us. Our small world was forever increased tremendously by your presence. ...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Teresa Bear and Alex Thornburg - WI

“I know Robert is in a better place. All of our prayers are with your family ”
13 of 20 | Posted by: Brenda Redburn and Jackie Pierce - AR

“Remembering his kindness. O GOD, whose mercies cannot be numbered; Accept our prayers on behalf of the soul of thy servant departed, Robert, and...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Anne Noble - Alexandria, VA

“I feel very fortunate to have been included among the many, many people with whom Robert shared his wisdom, kindness, generosity and humor. The world...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Lynn Martin - Caldwell, ID

“We are all better for having known this dear man with the brilliant mind and gentle soul. He has a place in my heart forever. Rest well, dearest...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Nan Gardner - Madison , WI

“I never had the privilege of meeting Robert but I know that he was a wonderful giving person. 3>3>3>3>3>3>3 Look for me in Rainbows Time for me...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: pam swearengin - pocahontas, AR

“I will always remember Robert as a genuinely kind man who made each day a little brighter just by sharing his thoughts and caring. ”
18 of 20 | Posted by: Kate Eberle - Scottsburg, IN

“Thankyou fo being an inspiration who enjoyed a great life. RIP. Gone too soon.. ”
19 of 20 | Posted by: Sheila Oxford - jaluco - friend

“I will miss you every day Robert. You brought such joy in my life and loved listening to your stories.I love you. ”
20 of 20 | Posted by: Tricia Andrews - Powhatan, AR


Robert Franklin Andrews, 58, of Powhatan, passed away, Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born December 24, 1953 at Blytheville, son of Charles and Ada Joe Hatcher Andrews. He was a member of the St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Jonesboro. He was preceded by his father, Charles Andrews.

Robert earned a Bachelors degree from Vanderbilt University followed by a law degree from the University of Memphis. He practiced law in Lawrence and the surrounding Counties in Arkansas before moving to Fort Worth, Texas, with his wife Jane Silvey Andrews. Robert received a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Robert's law practice focused on civil right law and psychiatric health care. He represented over 100 adolescents who had been fraudulently committed to psychiatric facilities winning a multimillion dollar settlement for his clients. He did this at a great personal loss for himself. Robert was invited to testify before Congress in 1997 regarding mental health care fraud. He moved to Austin, Texas in 2001 where he and Barry Mitchell became life partners. Robert was proud of his service as a volunteer chaplain during the Katrina Relief effort in Austin. Robert and Barry retired to Powhatan, Arkansas in 2010.

Survivors include his partner, Barry Mitchell, his mother Ada Joe and husband Charles Conway Weir of Powhatan; two sisters, Cindy Owen of Powhatan and Regina Bourland of Little Rock; a brother, Charles Andrews of Powhatan; three sons, James Byron Andrews of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Zane David Andrew of Austin, Texas and Banning Lyons Andrews of California; his children's mother, Jane Silvey Andrews of Ft. Worth, Texas; four nephews and three nieces; and many other relatives and friends.

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