Reese Parker Andrews passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2013, in Nacogdoches, from complications associated with pancreatic cancer. In the words of almost everyone who knew Reese’s exuberance for life, “He sure crammed a lot into every day – all 62 years of his life.”
Funeral services for Reese Parker Andrews, 62, will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at First Baptist Church in Nacogdoches, with Rev. Robert R. (Randy) Booth, pastor of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 340 N. E. Stallings Dr., Nacogdoches.
Born December 8, 1950, in Fort Worth, he was the son of U. S. Army (Ret.) Colonel Robert Parker Andrews and Selma Louise Andrews. He spent his boyhood years traveling with his family, finally settling in Weatherford the spring of his sixth grade year. Throughout the remainder of his school years, he excelled in track, football and public speaking, while developing his love and talent for playing the piano and the guitar. He graduated from Weatherford High School in 1969. He then attended Texas A&M University, where he was a proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets and graduated with high honors in May 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in German. He returned to Texas A&M to earn his master’s degree in English in December 1976.
Meanwhile, not content to remain still for very long, Reese was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U. S. Army Reserve in 1975, stationed at various army bases including Fort Riley, Fort Sill, Fort Hood and Fort Bragg, where he was attached to the 82nd Airborne Division.
Reese served in a variety of capacities during his service in the Reserve, oftentimes spending summers abroad in Europe. Perhaps his favorite assignments were the summers he spent in southern Germany, serving as a translator for the brigade commander of the First Infantry Division. He eventually attended “jump school” and earned his wings at Fort Benning in October 1982.