Sam William Andrews of Marietta passed away Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, at age 64 from complications stemming from a two-year battle with cancer.
Sam was a kind and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. He used his heart, quick wit and extraordinary storytelling to bring joy to family, friends and clients. He was an avid gardener who also loved to work with his hands and travel. Sam enjoyed many years of volunteering with the Cobb County YMCA’s Etowah Federation Indian Program, becoming federation chief in 2000.
Born in Oklahoma City, he moved to Atlanta with his family in the 1960s. He was a graduate of Ridgeview High School and the University of Georgia. Early in his career, Sam experienced professional success as the youngest chairman of the board for MSA at the age of 28. For 20 years, he worked at his father-in-law’s company, Ace Auto Electric, before joining International Services Inc. (ISI) as a senior business consultant in 2007. Weeks before his passing, Sam and his wife completed his longtime bucket-list trip of traveling the length of Route 66 by car.
Sam is survived by his wife of 36 years, Cheryl; his son, Jason (Allie) Andrews; and his grandson, Aidan Andrews. He is also survived by his brother, Archie (Selma) Andrews, and his niece and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Betsy (Ken) Huffman, and his parents, LaVerne Booth and Archie (Lily) Andrews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. A graveside service was held Sunday, Sept. 24, at Arlington Memorial Park. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.