OBITUARY

Robert Jesse Andrews

October 2, 1944September 16, 2020

Robert Jesse Andrews, 76, born Oct. 2, 1944 passed away in Tallahassee, Florida on September 16, 2020. My hero. I have loved him since the first time I ever laid eyes on him in 1965. He never had an unkind word about anyone or anything. He was everyone’s hero. Bob grew up overseas in Venezuela, South America. On returning to the United States in the 1960s, he attended Southern Methodist University and later graduated from Southern Polytechnic State University, Marietta, Georgia, in construction & engineering. He then volunteered to join the Marine Corps and served in Vietnam. He was a sharpshooter and while scouting ahead for an operation, he sustained major injuries from a booby trap, which included the loss of his sight on June 12, 1967; this awarded him a Purple Heart. At the Hines VA Rehabilitation Center Bob was introduced to the game of blind golf. During the following two years he learned and perfected his golf game with help from his first coach John Andrews, his dad. The United States Blind Golf Association (USBGA) became an important part of his life when he qualified to join in 1970. Over the next 40 years he competed in National and International tournaments winning many. He is both a National and International blind golf champion. After moving to Tallahassee in 1976 he became the first totally blind licensed residential contractor building homes in area. When more opportunities availed in the late 1980s and early 1990s, both in the USA and overseas, Bob decided to become more involved in the USBGA. He served on the Board, was Vice President, and went on to be President for ten years. He is proud that during his tenure many projects and advancements were implemented to the organization and blind golf. With Tina, his wife, at his side, they produced the first newsletter “The Midnight Golfer”, created the web site “blindgolf.com”, and started regional blind tournaments with standardized regulations. Bob worked with the USGA to help write and create the initial “Modification of the Rules of Golf for Golfers with Disabilities”. Bob’s travels overseas afforded him the opportunity to be one of the founders of the International Blind Golf Association in 1998. This led to the establishment of the first World Blind Golf Championships. In 1997 the International Network of Golf honored Bob with the “Dennis Walters Courage Award.” This award goes to an individual who has overcome great odds to participate in and contribute to the game of golf.

Bob was everyone’s hero. Other than golf Bob loved the water and anything on it. He loved to sail, body surf, dig holes in the sand, and fish. He loved to laugh. He loved to dance. Totally blind he lived life to its fullest. He and Tina traveled the world. So when we remember Bob it will be with a simile on our face – what a champion. Two of Bob’s favorites phrases were: When you are born you come into the world crying while those surrounding you are smiling. Live your life so when they lay you to rest you will be smiling while all those surrounding you are crying. 2 Corinthians 5:7 "We live by faith, not by sight Bob was married to Tina Beall, from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for 52 ½ years. He is survived by his three sons, Travis, Ben, and Mike; and their wives Tomi, Katie, and Lori; and 6 grandchildren: Gavin and Wesley, Jesse and Dylan, Kazom and Indie. There will be a Full Honors Military Service at Tallahassee’s new National Cemetery on Friday, October 2 at 2:45 for the family. Because of Covid-19, Culley’s MeadowWood Funeral Home will livestream the service via their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/culleysmeadowwood/. Start your feed 10 minutes early. If you would like to make a donation in his honor, make it to the charity of your choice. He will sorely be missed.

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Lockie Gary

October 3, 2020

Bob and I first met at Campo Alegre in Caracas in 1955.He was in sixth grade and I was in seventh. We played sports together, body surfed at the beach and visited each other’s homes. Once when he came over to our place his bicycle was stolen. I was more upset than Bob and I beat a kid up only to find out later it was the wrong kid! I visited Bob and first met Tina at Bethesda Naval Hospital after his return from Vietnam. I was very nervous as I gowned up to go into his room but he put me at ease right away. Bob could always get you to relax.

I once told Bob he was my hero and to never screw it up.

He never did!

Bob’s life represented what is good about America. His marriage to Tina revealed what Jesus desires in a marriage-fidelity, good morals and being a good example to your children. His legacy lives on through his three strong sons, Travis, Ben and Mike and their children. Bob set an example for us to follow. His life was worthy of emulation.

He was buried on his birthday. His eulogy was preached by Pastor Paul McNeil the man in his platoon who gave Bob first aid and protected him until the Medevac landed and transported him to a field hospital.

I am asking the Lord that when I get to Heaven I can live in Bob’s neighborhood.

Lochrane A. Gary
International Livestock Consultant

Lark Mcgrail

October 2, 2020

When I met Tina and Bob 15 or so years ago I never realized Bob was the same Bob that my daddy idolized. My father was an avid golfer but when diabetes robbed him of his sight he went to a blind golf class. He never stopped talking about this blind golfer, Bob Andrews. I want y’all to know, it was Bob that gave my daddy the courage to carry on and believe in himself again, even though he was blind. What an amazing man Bob Andrews was. Not only for his courage to face his own life after blindness but to pull others up behind him. You know what they say, “Behind every great man is a great woman”, this couldn’t be more true as Tina paved the way for Bobs greatness and she was such an integral part of his amazing progress and journey. Sometimes it’s especially unfair when someone so young and of such value leaves us and that’s the case with Bob. All my love and thanks to Bob and Tina and the Boys and Grands. ❤️

Dinah Laurich

September 30, 2020

Our best man, our dear friend, our conversationalist, our advisor, our dance partner, our grill master, our you name it kinda guy, even our golf cart driver on one fun occasion. There wasn’t anything Bob didn’t know a great deal about, and not much he wouldn’t try to do, all the while he was really watching out for all of us. We are so blessed to have known him for over 20 years and call him our dear friend. Forever in our thoughts, and in our hearts. We will miss him always. Our sweet, kind, loving, giving, patient, loyal, honest, caring friend. May you Rest In Peace, dear Bob.

Tina, our hearts hurt for you, our girl, and your precious boys, girls, and grandchildren. You are in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers. We’ll be with you all soon, so we can love you, hug you, and share stories and memories with you. 🥰💕🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🥰💕

Lisa and Scott Winn

September 30, 2020

Hello and may we offer our condolences for your loss. We never met Robert but he made us smile for a day after finding an unusual boat made in his honor in Sarasota Bay. After researching him we were amazed at what an incredible life he lived. It meant a lot to my husband and I as both our fathers served in the military. My father in the Navy during WWII and my husband's in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. God bless him for all that he did for his family, friends and his country.

John Hunt

September 30, 2020

I first me Bob when we became neighbors in Coral Gables - that was BEFORE Viet Nam. After he came back in a wheelchair, we invited him to come exercise his legs in our pool. When Tina moved in with the family to care for Bob, we had some great times but my fondest memory is that late in the afternoon when I had gotten home from work, Tina would come pushing Bob in his wheelchair across the road and down our street into our driveway, down the side and into the patio so he could take the casts off and swim. Late one afternoon, I looked out the window and had the shock of my life; There sat Tina in the wheelchair with two beers in her hands, and Bob was walking behind her pushing the wheelchair walking like Frankenstein with his stiff legs both laughing like kids! Tina was giving directions and they were weaving all over the street!
We always admired Bob and you, Tina for your courage, commitment to each other and your warm friendship. We will always love Bob and remember what a truly great man he was - an example for us all. God Bless.

Jim and Molly Little

September 29, 2020

From the moment we first shook hands with Bob and Tina we knew we were meeting an extraordinary couple. It was nine years ago and it was the opening reception for all the passengers who were embarking from Malta on Tauck's Treasures of the Mediterranean small motorsailer cruise. We spent a lot of time together for the next ten days and we have many wonderful memories of glorious moments aboard Le Ponant and in beautiful ports with you both.

We are very sad to hear of Bob's death but we thank you, Tina, for sharing it with us. The obituary captures well Bob's zest for life. Reading of his accomplishments and your part in them takes our breath away. Our hearts are with you, your children, and your grandchildren.

Kathy Jackson Sandefer

September 28, 2020

I only met Bob in 1965 when Tina and I were roommates at LSU. It wasn’t long before both our boyfriends joined the Marine Corps. Before they shipped off, we “picnicked”, I remember, in a field of clover on the Miss. River levee. Tina, who was a “handful”, 😍 told me she was going to marry him! Had it been any other man, I would’ve said, “Wow! So soon??” But I looked at that amazingly handsome man, who was just perfect for her, and knew she was truly in love!:) ❤️ Sending my love and heartfelt sympathy to my dear friend and to Tina and Bob’s beautiful family!

Dave Rankin

September 28, 2020

RIP Bob. Got to know Bob thru Blind Golf. Spent some great time with this hero, what an inspiration! My condolences to the family. He will be missed.
Dave Rankin
Nashville, TN

Dick Hunt

September 27, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was a great person to know and always a good friend. There are far too many stories to tell about him here, but anyone who had the honor of knowing him will always remember his smile, personality and his love of life and his family. He will be sorely missed and my heartfelt condolences to Tina and the family. Rest in peace my friend and hero🙏

Marilyn O’Brien

September 27, 2020

Dear Tina,
Being married to Gordon, your brother in 1965, I was privileged to be there during the beginning of your life with Bob. I remember that you didn’t want to go to Florida with your mother and father to visit the Andrews family and then never wanted to leave their son, Bob.....after meeting him.
AND YOU NEVER DID.
Yes, Bob was and shall remain everyone’s hero, and so are you , Tina.
You were asked not to fly north to be with Bob when he was returned to the United States after the Vietnam tragedy. BUT, you sent a telegram saying you were on your way ...and you never looked back. Many beautiful young girls might have rethought their commitment, but not you . One of my greatest memories of real love was watching you help Bob to his seat for your rehearsal dinner at the old Capital House in Baton Rouge. I heard you say to Bob, after his plate was served, “your meat is at 12 o’clock, your peas at 3, potatoes at 6 and salad at 9. My heart stopped as I realized I was witnessing true love . And Bob said something to me just hours before you walked down the aisle to meet him at the altar. He said, “ I wish I could see Tina as my bride, but she will be forever young and beautiful in my mind.”
Their marriage was a real marriage… One of giving and loving for over a half a century. Bravo to you both.
God blessed America and everyone who ever knew Bob Andrews.

FROM THE FAMILY

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