Reginald Cameron Andrews, the first of three sons to the union of Constance Valerie Howard Andrews and Dennis Andrews, was born in Fort Worth, Texas on September 9, 1959.
An intellectually curious soul from birth, at age five, Reginald began formal academic pursuits at the Little Tommy Tucker School which served children not meeting the Fort Worth ISD age criteria for entering first grade. The following year he entered second grade at Dunbar Elementary School, progressed through the Dunbar Pyramid and in 1977 graduated Paul Laurence Dunbar High. Included among his fondest high school memories are: National Honor Society, choir, Junior Achievement, Class President, ROTC, and member of 1977 Jack and Jill Beautillion.
Immediately following high school, Reginald entered the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, earned the Associate of Arts, and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army. He received the Bachelor of Science and Technology from the University of Houston where he was a member of the Gospel Choir.
Reginald was Co-Founder of Real Solutions Technology Consulting Group (1999), Dallas Chapter President- Black Data Processing Association, Who’s Who – IT Professionals (1999), mentor Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Claims Specialist for State Farm Insurance Company.
Reginald’s faith foundation began at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Fort Worth, continued at McMillian United Methodist, and culminated at First United Methodist Allen. At Ebenezer he embraced the promise of salvation through Christ and was baptized. He was a member of the Joy Spreaders (a choir for young children) and the youth ministry; as a young adult sang in the male chorus.
At McMillian UMC Reginald recognized the urgency of sharing the ‘good news’ to all the world. As a member of the Inclusion/Diversity Conference Team, he collaboratively sought ways to demonstrate the love of Christ to the marginalized and ostracized of the world. He deeply yearned for the time when people follow Christ’s example of unconditional love.
Upon moving to McKinney, Reginald found in First United Methodist Allen a warm, loving, congregation with open arms and ready acceptance. He was a member of two Sunday School groups: Cornerstone and Ages of God. He also actively participated in the UMMen and the Chiros Prison ministry.
It was at First Methodist Allen that the most difficult challenges to Reginald’s faith would begin and victoriously culminate. It was here that Christ’s teaching: greater love has no one than to sacrifice their priorities for a friend became a living example. In 2015 Reginald received a cancer diagnosis; the congregation’s response exemplified Christ’s teaching. Men in the congregation frequently transported Reginald to and from his treatments at MD Anderson Center. During his final earth days Reginald remained in fellowship with his congregation, and was comforted by an outpouring of love, support, and encouragement.
As he approached his end of days Reginald continued to inspire those who came in contact with him. He bore the burden of his illness with dignity, and maintained a deep, abiding faith in his Lord.
On September 24, 2022 in the presence of loved ones, Reginald peacefully shed the garment of mortality and exited the earth realm.
Preceding Reginald in death are his daughter Regina C. Andrews; parents Elder Dennis Andrews, Constance (Connie) Howard- Andrews; maternal grandparents, Alexander Howard, Sr., and Hazel Maurine Foreman Howard; paternal grandparents, Fronnie Andrews and Willie K. Brown; nephews E. Dexter Andrews, Jr., Landon Earl Reed-Andrews.
Surviving Reginald are his wife, Letitia Andrews; daughter Lorealle Andrews; brothers, E. Dexter Andrews, Sr., Darrel W. Andrews, Sr. (Paula); nieces Breanna R. Andrews, and Braesha Y. Andrews; nephews Darrel W. (DJ) Andrews, Jr., and Darion X. Andrews; and numerous extended family members and friends.