OBITUARY

Andrew Davie Williams

July 1, 1956April 30, 2018
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Andrew Davie Williams of Hickory, North Carolina passed peacefully, surrounded by family, on April 30, 2018 at Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte. Andy was born July 1, 1956 in Neptune, New Jersey. He was the son of the late William B. Williams, Jr. and Mary D. Williams of Freehold, New Jersey. On July 26, 1978, in Canisteo, New York, Andy married Kathy Murphy, who survives and resides in Hickory. Together they proudly raised two sons, William A. Williams and Kyle D. Williams who were his best friends and buds.

Andy spent his youth in Freehold, NJ, later moving to Western New York where he met his wife. Andy has been a resident of Hickory since 1992. Andy belonged to the United Brotherhood of Carpenters for over 20 years prior to establishing Andrew D. Williams General Contracting as owner and operator in Catawba County. Andy was a skilled craftsmen and mentored many in his trade.

In his free time, Andy enjoyed golfing with his sons and friends; cooking and trying out new recipes; reading the Bible, novels, and biographies; he was a model railroading enthusiast and an avid NY Giants fan. Andy was active in coaching his sons’ sporting teams including football, baseball and wrestling. Andy valued family trips to the mountains, traveling on scenic railroads and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends reminiscing of his glory days.

Andy is survived by his sons, William (Katherine) Williams of Charlotte, NC and Kyle (Jayni) Williams of Charlotte, NC; by his granddaughter Mary Isabella; by his sister, Elizabeth (Kenneth) Curtis of Charlotte, NC; by his brother, William (Trudy) Williams, III of Uxbridge, MA; by his sister in laws Cynthia (Mike) Hornbeck of Hornell, NY and Andrea (Mike) Deebs of Hornell, NY; brother in laws Terry (Barb) Murphy of Canisteo, NY and Andy (Lynette) Murphy of Canisteo, NY as well as many nieces and nephews.

Memorial Service will be held at Catawba Funeral Home in Hickory, NC at 3:00pm on Friday, May 4, 2018 with Reverend Greg Williams officiating; visitation of family and friends will follow the service.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to Esophageal Cancer Awareness Incorporated at www.ecaware.org.

Condolences may be left at www.catawbamemorialpark.com.

The Williams Family is under the care of Catawba Funeral Home.

  • FAMILY

  • Kathy Williams, Wife
  • William B. Williams Jr., Father
  • Mary Williams, Mother
  • William Williams, Son
  • Katherine Williams, Daughter-in-law
  • Kyle Williams, Son
  • Jayni Williams, Daughter-in-law
  • Mary Isabella, Granddaughter
  • Elizabeth Curtis, Sister
  • Kenneth Curtis, Brother-in-law
  • William Williams III, Brother
  • Trudy Williams, Sister-in-law
  • Cynthia Hornbeck, Sister-in-law
  • Mike Hornbeck, Brother-in-law
  • Andrea Deebs, Sister-in-law
  • Mike Deebs, Brother-in-law
  • Terry Murphy, Brother-in-law
  • Barb Murphy, Sister-in-law
  • Andy Murphy, Brother-in-law
  • Lynette Murphy, Sister-in-law
  • Survived by many nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, May 4, 2018
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Carl and Mary Cotton

May 2, 2018

Dear Kathy and family,
We are very sorry to hear of Andy's passing. Our love and prayers are with all of you.
love, Mary and Carl

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Andy being held in the loving arms of his brother and sister who helped raise him - 1958

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Proud Grandfather Andrew Stark Davie - 1959

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As a young boy - 1964

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1966

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Enjoying the outdoors with his dog Doober - 1976

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Celebrating with best friend Mike - 1977

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Just married! - 1978

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Doing what he does best, building - 1980

Biography

Andrew Davie Williams
July 1, 1956- April 30, 2018

Andrew Davie Williams was born on July 1st, 1956 in Neptune, NJ. His proud parents Mary Davie Williams and William Benjamin Williams, Jr. (Penny) raised him, along with his older brother William Benjamin Williams, III (Bill) and his older sister Elizabeth Bryce Williams (Betty), in Freehold, NJ at 8 Jerseyville Ave.

As a child Andy enjoyed visiting the Williams family in Wilkes-Barre, PA and the Davie family in New York. Andy's Pop Williams worked for the railroad and Andy grew a lifelong fascination for trains from him.

Andy spent his youth in Freehold where he participated in youth wrestling and football, attended the 1st Presbyterian Church and grew a lifelong friendship with the Matthews family who introduced Andy to the love of woodworking. He attended Freehold Regional High School with an interest in Mechanical Drafting and Food Prep, graduating in 1974. Andy went on to attend Brookdale Community College, in Lincroft, NJ, to study Engineering/Architecture.

In 1975 Andy went on summer break to the Marcus Farm in Arkport, NY where he met his future wife, Kathy Murphy. After traveling to southern California, New Jersey, and then New York Andy and Kathy were married on July 22, 1978 in Canisteo, New York at the Murphy's home. Andy and Kathy lived in NY for several years where Andy was self-employed as a carpenter and woodworker with his friend Steve Marcus. Andy was well respected for his craftsmanship and grew very strong relationships in the Canisteo Valley.

In 1982, prior to his father's death in 1983, Andy and Kathy moved back to Freehold to be with family. Andy started Custom Carpentry doing custom woodworking with Steve Matthews using the Matthews woodworking shop where he enjoyed being creative mastering the lathe and doing restoration woodworking.

After moving to Tennant, NJ in 1984, Andy and Kathy got the exciting news of becoming parents. Their first son, William Andrew Williams, was born on December 16, 1984. Andy was very proud to name his son after his father and himself!

In May of 1986 Andy became a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America where he was a proud member of Local 2250 and later Local 312. Andy was a superintendent and boasted of many successful bridge projects in the NY and NJ area.

On April 24th, 1987 Andy and Kathy became proud parents to their son Kyle Dennison. Andy was a great Dad, he enjoyed teaching his boys how to hold a golf club, swing a hammer, grow a garden, ride the waves at the beach, and enjoy a hike in the woods. Andy also enjoyed coaching wrestling, baseball and football when the boys were young.

After several visits to NC Andy and Kathy packed up the family, including Andy's mother, and moved to Hickory, NC in March of 1992. In August of ‘92 they purchased their first home in Mountain View where the family lives now.

Andy became a Licensed General Contractor in NC in 1993. Andy started his business, Andrew D. Williams, GC at that time. Andy built and sold single family homes in Catawba County along with many commercial building projects. Bill and Kyle tagged along to many job sites with their dad, he patiently taught them valued lessons of the trade and hard work.

In 2005, Andy became a Licensed NC Real Estate Broker selling his properties in Catawba County.

Andy enjoyed living in North Carolina and grew fond of southern ways and a relaxing lifestyle. Raising two sons he was very proud of and building a successful business were Andy's proudest accomplishments. When Andy wasn't on the job site, on the go with family, or helping a friend out, he could usually be found relaxing on the front porch, working in his garden, mowing his lawn, hitting balls on the golf course, reading a good book, trying a new culinary creation or watching football on television in hopes of seeing his NY Giants. Family vacation often included, train rides in the mountains along with whitewater rafting, or seeking out a model railroad museum. Andy enjoyed going to the beach in October and going back to NY to visit in July.

Andy was a man of integrity, he worked hard at a craft he enjoyed to create a comfortable life for himself and his family. His plans for retiring on his 62nd birthday were never realized as a sudden illness caused him to be hospitalized in April. Complications from a malignant esophageal tumor ended Andy's life unexpectedly. Andy passed peacefully, with family at his side, as the sun rose, on April 30, 2018. Family and friends honored Andy and celebrated his life with a Memorial Service on May 4th, 2018, at Catawba Funeral Home in Hickory, NC. Bagpipes played to honor Andy's pride of his Scottish ancestry, with Pastor Greg Williams officiating the service.

He will be loved and missed by all who knew him. Though he is not with us in body he will always be remembered in heart and in spirit. A truly good man is never really gone from this world, he merely has a lighter footstep. Andy’s footsteps will always be in our hearts. His talents, loyalty, humor, humility and strength will live on through all the many lives that he touched.

Death and love are the two wings that bear the good man to heaven. - Michelangelo