In humble submission to the will of God, we respectfully announce the earthly transition of Mr. Sylvester Andrews Jr., of Mulberry, Florida, on Monday, June 6, 2022, at Bay Regional Medical Center in Bartow, Florida. He was 84 years old and a native of Washington County, Florida.
Sylvester was blessed with the breath of life on December 31, 1937, to the late Presiding Elder Sylvester Andrews Sr. and Jessie Mae Brown-Andrews in Youngstown, Florida. Being reared in a Christian home he was raised in the African Methodist Episcopal faith and became a member of St. Luke A.M.E. Church in Vernon, Florida. While in college he became a member of the Anderson Chapel A.M.E. Church in Tallahassee, Florida. Later in his adult life Sylvester also became affiliated with the Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church in Mulberry, Florida.
Sylvester was educated in the Washington County Public School System, graduating from Roulhac High School in 1955. He continued his education at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida, graduating with a degree in Agricultural and Science in 1961. He completed additional studies at Tuskegee University, earned a Master degree from FAMU and an ED Specialist degree from the University of South Florida. He dedicated his life to education, teaching in systems across the state of Florida; Jackson, Holmes, Walton, Suwanee and several schools in Polk County. He retired after serving 45 years. Sylvester also served his country in the United States Navy on the U.S.S. RICH and received an honorary discharge in 1963.
Sylvester was very active in the communities of Mulberry and Redhead (Vernon); he severed as a youth baseball coach, a referee for multiple sports. He also served as a distinguished member of the FAMU Alumni Association of Lakeland Florida. He has designed several landscapes and provided the plants and flower for several businesses and charitable organizations.
Sylvester’s family was his passion and love, he has served as the family historian for over 40 years. He enjoyed researching and collecting data as the family continues to grow, giving advice and guidance and being a role model to the younger generation.
Sylvester was preceded in death by his parents, brother Marvin and daughter Valerie Andrews.
He leaves a legacy of memories with his loving and devoted family; his beloved wife of 59 years, Barbara Arnold Andrews, daughter Rhonda (Lorinzo) Crawford of Stockbridge, GA and sons Sylvester Andrews III of Ft. Myers, FL and Devele (Tamara) Andrews of Acworth, GA; eight grandchildren: Rodrigues Rowls, Londeaka Knight, Vonshea Banks, David Hodge II, Samantha Andrews, Miranda Andrews, Jalea Andrews, and Eli F. Andrews; 15 great grandchildren; three sisters: Esther Andrews-Jackson of Vernon, FL, Velma (Billy) Murphy of Lynn Haven, FL, and Sheila Andrews-Aquaowo of Hinesville, MD; five brothers: Larry Andrews, Michael Andrews (Morrisenia), David Andrews, all of Ocala, FL, Bural (Dorothy) Andrews of DeRidder, LA and Jerel Andrews of Atlanta, GA.; four sisters-in-law: Armentha Edwards of Lakeland,FL, Missionary Willie May Andrews of Vernon, FL, Jackie (Tom) Gaffney of Jersey City, NJ, Donna Arnold of Katy, TX; two brothers-in-law: Howard (Katha) Arnold of Tallahassee, FL and Rev. Frazier (Ruby) Arnold Jr. of Miami Garden, FL; one aunt: Mary Jane Andrews of Red Bay, FL; God-Sister: Cathy Brown; God Daughter: Danisha Henderson of Bartow, FL; along with a host nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.