William Ford Andrews
was born on May 13, 1931, to the late Mose And Beatrice Andrews of Eliska, AL. He graduated from Bethlehem Industrial Academy in Monroeville, AL, and Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, AL; earning his BS Degree in Education. He also earned a MS degree in Education from Alabama A & M University. While attending school in Huntsville, he went on to pledge and became a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Additionally, he was awarded an AA Degree in Education from Troy State University. He serviced 8 years in the United States Army and U. S. Army Reserve. As a high regarded Principal for 32 years, William Ford led the way at Vredenburg Junior High School and Monroe County Training School, which became J. F. Shields High School due to the perseverance of the instructors and the undying community support. After his retirement, he taught courses at Reid State Technical School. served as a board member for the Monroe County Teacher's Federal Credit Union (now Gulf Winds), served two terms on the Monroe County Board of Education, a member of the Monroe County Democratic Executive Committee (Finance Committee), a member of thje NAACP chapter, and a highly ranked member of the Masonic order. William was active and attentive Deacon at Bethel Baptist Church, Monroeville, AL, for many years. His success in life can be directly attributed to his work ethic and his aspiration to be a great husband and father. his attention to detail was legendary. He took pride in building a reputation to be the best he could be. He often instilled in his son: "You go to work early and you stay late". Blessed to serve the Lord for 89 years, William is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Clementine; brothers: Mose, Talton, Wilson and Eugene; and a twin sister: Anne.
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