July 02, 2024

Lucy Virginia Andrews- devoted wife, cherished mother and beloved grandmother - peacefully passed away June 30 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Lucy was born Sept. 11, 1937 and was the only child of her parents Virginia and Warren Anderson of Fulton, Ky.. She attended Murray State University and the University of Mississippi and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and Business.

She married her high school sweetheart, the late Charles Wade Andrews, in 1959, and they remained faithfully in love until his death in 2019.

Initially Lucy worked as a teacher before becoming a stay at home mom to her three girls, and later in life she assisted her pharmacist husband and in-laws with running their family business, Southside Drug Store.

She was a proud and active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Friends of the Library, and she served as a pianist and Sunday school teacher for many years at the South Fulton United Methodist Church.

Lucy was equally gentle and tough, delicate and wild - she was a “jill of all trades” and she could often be found putting worms on hooks for children fishing in her pond and helping birth calves with her bare hands as well as fixing almost anything with her own toolkit!

Everyone who knew Lucy knew of her deep love for animals. She cared for countless critters of all sorts over the years- cats, dogs, bunnies, geese, chickens, ducks, horses, cows, and even moles and mice.

She unintentionally created her own wildlife rescue and sanctuary and was an avid animal advocate from childhood until her later years.

Lucy was also well known for her quick wit and fun sense of humor. Though she was well mannered and a proper southern lady, she was also a fighter for those lucky enough to call her friend and for causes which she whole heartedly supported.

Lucy was a beloved staple of the Fulton area and her community’s cheerleader.

She is preceded in death by her husband, grandson, Charles Reid Thomas and her parents.

She is survived by three daughters, Connie Brown of Memphis, Lynn Lowry (Kris) of Birmingham, and Ginger Thomas (Greg) of Hendersonville. Seven grandchildren had the honor and privilege of calling her Grammy, and six great-grandchildren carry on her legacy of loyalty and love.

Lucy’s legacy was cut short when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Her husband and daughters made sure she was well cared for throughout the devastating process. Throughout her battle with Alzheimer’s, she remained ever gentle, sweet, and loving- always singing and smiling. Lucy has finally been released from her broken body and mind and she is alive, fully cognizant, free from a disease that stole so much from her, and with Jesus- what a glorious thought!

Visitation will be at Hornbeak Funeral Home in Fulton on Friday, July 5 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. with a private graveside service following afterwards. To honor Lucy’s memory her family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Layers of Hope c/o Darcy Linn in Fulton.