Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Cook Philson, Ret.

September 27, 1969November 12, 2021

Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Cook Philson, 52, of Lexington, SC passed away from complications of COVID on November 12, 2021. Andrew was born in Orlando, FL on September 27, 1969. Andrew was the son of Robert Austin Philson and the late Carol Cook Philson.

LTC Philson served as a fulltime member of the South Carolina National Guard in the role of the State Provost Marshall, was a Richland County Reserve Deputy Sheriff, a Mason, and was a member of Calvary Chapel of Lexington. In his 31-year military career, Andrew served four years on active duty with the Marine Corps, 27 in the Army and was a veteran of two foreign wars.

Andrew received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Columbia University, and was enrolled in the Southern Evangelical Seminary for a degree in Theology with an emphasis in Apologetics at the time of his passing. Andrew loved his church, fishing, golfing, karate, kung fu, and spending time with family and friends.

Andrew is survived by his wife, Barbara Philson; son, Christopher Philson; stepdaughters, Shelby and Macy Mesaros; father and stepmother, Bob and Madeline Philson; and brother, Rob Philson, Jr.

Pallbearers are SGM (Army) Leo J. Kane, Lance Corporal (LE) LTC (Army) Allen Gleaton, Lance Corporal (LE) Lieutenant Commander (Coast Guard) Bryan Miller, Mr. Greg Marett, SFC (Army) Christopher Sims, Mr. Del Snyder and MSG (Army) Fernando Vasquez.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be made to for Everett Borroughs. Everett, the six-year-old son of one of our Calvary Chapel pastors, is fighting stage IV neuroblastoma cancer.

Open visitation will be from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, 21 November 2021 at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on 22 November 2021 at the Fort Jackson National Cemetery, 4170 Percival Road, Columbia, SC 29229.


  • Visitation

    Sunday, November 21, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, November 22, 2021


Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Cook Philson, Ret.

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Patricia Giancola

November 23, 2021

Dear Barbara
Words cannot express our feelings for your loss. We know the void Drew leaves for you and your family.
Drew was one of the most magnanimous people we've ever met. He was funny, serious, adventurous, creative and always did things bigger than life. I remember when you guys rented that really huge RV and drove it all over Florida with all the kids and their friends too. We were was so impressed.....and it reminded us of a Chevy Chase adventure.
We never stopped praying these past several weeks and we will continue to ask God to lift you up as you walk through the days ahead. May you know Drew is now one of those heavenly angels who resides with God and will no doubt continue to do all such good work for the Lord.
Our prayers are with you.
Ray and Patty

Josie De Gennaro

November 22, 2021

So very sorry for your loss. You and the girls will be in my prayers. Please let me know if you need anything at all.
Love and prayers.

Robert P Crawford Jr

November 22, 2021

I only met Andrew about a year ago. We met at Calvary Chapel Lexington. I am a Navy veteran and I have a daughter in the Indiana National Guard ,which was a first bond with Andrew. His heart for God was undeniable and brought us closer together. I am thankful to God for bringing Andrew into my life.

Rosevelyn Cooper

November 17, 2021

Barbara and family I was so saddened to hear of Drews passing! We met years ago on a Gamecock message board Cocky-talk and we became friends and stayed in contact over the years!
What a great stand up guy Drew was, and what a great personality! I always thanked him for his service! He loved you Barbara, and would always say what a lucky man he was to have you, he loved you and his family so much!
My heart thoughts and prayers will continue for your family , we all lost a good man and friend!
All my love and respect
Rosevelyn B Cooper

Keri Lawler

November 17, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I met Andrew at karate with Christopher. We always had great conversations about the kids and shared some funny stories. He will be greatly missed. Your family will be in our prayers.

Melinda K Cardwell

November 17, 2021

For never meeting Andrew face to face, I felt very close to him. I had recently learned our youngest son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Andrew said instantly he would pray for our family. 2500 miles away, he knew that nights would be scary for me. A few nights later, Ben's alarm off, and a second later, Andrew sent me a photo of 80 people πŸ™ for our son. To me, that was a miracle. From day one of meeting him, he's been a hero. He always puts others before himself. My husband and I will forever love him, and never forget him. β™₯️

Santana Freeman

November 17, 2021

I was so sorry to hear that LTC Philson was in the hospital and wished for him to make a speedy recovery. I was very sadden to hear that he lost his battle to COVID.

Andrew and I developed a great relationship during our tour in Afghanistan. We shared some great conversations. He said that I was the best Clemson fan/Grad that he ever met. He was the best Carolina fan/Grad that I ever met. We were on different sides on the fence in that rivalry, but looked forward to talking to each other. He gave so much to this state and country. His was a life well lived.

Barb and family; my thoughts and prayers with you all during this difficult time. Take care and I hope to see you soon!

Cindi King

November 17, 2021

Andrew was a vibrant soul who always had something funny to share. He was never too busy to stop by and peek into our shop and share some news or things he did with his family, who he loved dearly. Our hearts go out to Barb and their precious children. He always loved talking about the festive things they were doing on their farm. Family mattered so much to him. On a personal note, Andrew was one of the first people I met joining the SC National Guard at the TAG building. He was passionate about his job and cared deeply about his service and those around him. His presence will be missed tremendously. Since we moved, I was so sorry I could not be there to let him know how much I always appreciated him as a coworker and dear friend. Barb, please accept our deepest condolences. May the memories of the beautiful times you had with Andrew help ease the sadness in the difficult days ahead. Rest in peace LTC Philson. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Cindi and Dave King

Pat Cardwell

November 17, 2021

Drew still is the best friend I've never met..through a silly online game,we chatted ,shared thoughts, loved trump, talked fishing and loved scotch. Some times you just click with someone and drew was an amazing man..I will never forget him.

Buck Jones

November 16, 2021

I met Andrew as he was doing things with his son. From the beginning I had a lot of respect for him. He was a proud Patriot and a great father. This country needs more men like him. He will be greatly missed. I am praying for strength, comfort, joy in his celebration and in the fellowship.