Joseph Layne Andrews

December 1, 1996April 27, 2021

Joseph Layne Andrews, 24, of Atlanta, GA passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2021 in Atlanta, GA.

Joseph was born December 1, 1996 in LaGrange, GA, son of Terra “TJ” Cobb Clay and John W. Andrews. He was a Store Manager at Starbucks and an Apprentice Photographer at Birds on a Wire with Crystal Hill. Joseph was an inclusive advocate and volunteer for several organizations and groups including American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, working to end child bullying, Woof Avenue Pet Rescue and Black Lives Matter. He could be found walking, marching and speaking out for the causes of others and organizations would reach out to him for his involvement. Joseph loved hard, looked for the beauty in life and always sought to “Find Something Purple”, because to him anything purple was beautiful. In addition to his photography, Joseph enjoyed doing Podcasts, Blogs and his Webpage. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

Survivors include his mother, TJ and Matt Clay; deddy, John W. and Kelly Andrews; Jorge and Dodie Olmo-Novoa; twin brother, Julian Brittney Andrews (Donavon Foehser); siblings, Isaac Andrews, John Riley Andrews, Jenifer Olmo, Hector Olmo, Savannah Alverson, Austin and Veronica Clay, Madison Clay, Hunter Clay, Jerred Clay, and Jordan McCray; grandparents, John and Patricia Mennella, Jo and Danny Dukes, Terry and Sally Cobb, Paul Clay, Randy and Clara Sivell; aunts and uncles, Katherine Andrews, Joseph and Heather Andrews, Britt Cobb, Lace Cobb, and Justin Dukes; cousins, Austin Hartley, Kaden Carlisle, and Carson Andrews; a host of other relatives and friends.

A Gathering of Family and Friends will be Saturday, May 1, 2021 at the funeral home from 1:00pm until 2:00pm. The Celebration of Life Service will be 2:00pm Saturday in the Striffler-Hamby Chapel with Rev. Jim Butler and Kenneth Binion officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention or Woof Avenue Pet Rescue in Auburn, AL.

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Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA


  • TJ & Matt Clay, Mother
  • John W. & Kelly Andrews, Deddy
  • Jorge & Dodie Olmo-Novoa, .
  • Julian Brittney Andrews & Donavon Foehser, Twin Brother
  • Isaac Andrews, Sibling
  • John Riley Andrews, Sibling
  • Jenifer Olmo, Sibling
  • Hector Olmo, Sibling
  • Savannah Alverson, Sibling
  • Austin & Veronica Clay (Veronica), Sibling
  • Madison Clay, Sibling
  • Hunter Clay, Sibling
  • Jerred Clay, Sibling
  • Jordan McCray, Sibling
  • John & Patricia Mennella, Grandparents
  • Jo & Danny Dukes, Grandparents
  • Terry & Sally, Grandparents
  • Paul Clay, Grandparent
  • Randy & Clara Sivell, Grandparents
  • Katherine Andrews, Aunt
  • Austin Hartley, Cousin
  • Kaden Carlisle, Cousin
  • Joseph & Heather Andrews, Uncle & Aunt
  • Carson Andrews, Cousin
  • Britt Cobb, Uncle
  • Lace Cobb, Aunt
  • Justin Dukes, Uncle
  • several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and other relative and friends.


  • Gathering of Family and Friends

    Saturday, May 1, 2021

  • A Celebration of Life Memorial Service

    Saturday, May 1, 2021


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Josette Chambers

May 5, 2021

I'm still trying to process this whole thing. You see, Joey and his crew made my day EVERY day. My coffee run is a thing, and I'm at Starbucks every day without fail and when I walk in the young folk running things yell out "Hi, Miss Josette;" they even know how I like my coffee. Joey. He liked to dance around, gracefully, and he was as creative with his masks, threading in colorful beads. "Hi, Miss Josette." Did he know that everything he did and was -- simply nice and graceful and colorful and nice and nice and nice -- made this little old lady's day? Every day. Yes, I'm still processing this. I'm missing Joey. And I'm praying all the others in that space know how much they mean to me (and all the other "regulars"). Rest well, Young Man. And to his friends, family and colleagues, know that I'm praying for your peace. Love, love

Cannon Varners

May 2, 2021

Oh Joey I missed you so much tonight during karaoke at work. You were such a light and joy and you are missed so much by the varners family. You were continually there making us laugh and putting a spark in each one of our lives. I’m going to miss you so much just like everyone at varners but you will live on in our memories rest easy Queen ❤️

Calvin Benson

May 1, 2021

What a light, what a man, and what a force he was. I’m so glad I got to experience him and all of his glory, his soul, the countless laughs, we marched together side by side during protests, side by side during work, every moment I’ve spent with him it was impossible not to share a laugh or smile, the heels, the runway he created everywhere he went.... I can go on and on. There truly won’t ever be another Joey. Thank you for your light and I hope you found peace. I know you are in a different realm somewhere wonderful, putting on a drag show of course! Can’t wait to see you again pal.

Leigh Nagy

April 30, 2021

I will never forget the very last time I saw you, it was only 2 months ago. We both got out of our cars and ran into each others arms laughing and tearing up because it had been a while since we saw each other. I will cherish that day for the rest of my life and I'm so glad you were a part of mine and I was a part of yours. I love you forever Joey ❤

Jacob Murphy

April 29, 2021

One of the first night I got to meet Joey was bowling night with all of our friends. He was going through a rough spot at the time and I had been through a similar situation. The deep conversations we had really helped eachother with new perspectives and thats always the kind of person Joey was. He'd always stop and talk to you if you needed him. He has helped me so much with everything from life advice to photography tips and ill never forget the lessons he gave me. An angel before and an angel now. We love you Joey. Fly high my friend.

Andrew Riner

April 29, 2021

I met Joey through Starbucks a little over a month ago. Knowing him for 2 seconds gives you the memories to last a year. We gave each other light and we motivated each other to pursue our goals and aspirations. We only got closer and closer as time progressed. Joey however was a package deal with his dog Whiskey. Both of them kept me going every day. I probably have 1000 pictures of Whiskey alone. I will always be a light for those who need it because of him. I am going to miss him so much.

Preston Sullivan

April 29, 2021

Joey was an amazing young man who I had the pleasure of getting to know from Starbucks. I am at a loss for adequate words to express my sorrow and sadness at his passing.
I hope the family can take some comfort knowing that he touched so many lives and how profoundly he was loved and cared about.
He was not afraid to be himself or speak up for those he felt were not treated fairly and I admire that in anyone.
I love and miss you Sweet Joey