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Janie Lee Neville Andrews

Posted By Hall-Wynne On June 5, 2019 @ 2:58 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 12 Comments

On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, there was a celebration in heaven as Janie Lee Neville Andrews was welcomed home by her loving Savior as she heard the words, “Well Done, Thy Good and Faithful Servant… Enter thou into the joy of the Lord.” Matt. 25:21.

Janie, the youngest of 12 children who have all predeceased her, was born on Christmas Day in 1919, to the late Eugene Claudous and Mary Olivia Atwater Neville in Chapel Hill.  It was growing up in Chapel Hill where she met the love of her life, Excell “Exie” Andrews who she married on Christmas Day in 1940, and they moved to Durham in 1942.  Exie and Janie were married 53 years before his passing in 1993.  Their union was blessed with two children, Olivia and Bill.

Janie was involved in her community as a member of the Woman’s Club and the Oak Grove Ruritan Club.  Her church, Durham Memorial Baptist Church, was a huge part of her life where she was a devoted member for over 70 years serving God and her church in various positions.

Janie was a woman of great faith whose love for God showed in every aspect of her life as she loved and gave to others.  Janie enjoyed working with her hands whether it was arranging flowers picked by the roadside, sewing cute outfits for her grandchildren, to making crafts of all kinds including many Christmas crafts.  Janie and Exie also enjoyed opening up their cottage at Kerr Lake to family and friends, all of whom share fond memories made there.

Growing up on her family’s dairy farm in Chapel Hill, Janie developed a love for the UNC Tarheels at a very young age.  She was definitely a Tar Heel through and through, attending several Final Four games, the last one being when she was in her 80s.  One of the highlights of her life, meeting Dean Smith and getting his autograph, was almost overshadowed by the picture of her with the Tar Heel Ram, which she wore proudly on a t-shirt.  Go Heels!!

Janie was the heart of her family as she enjoyed the role of a devoted mother, grandmother, proud great grandmother, aunt and friend to many.  She is survived by her daughter Olivia (C.T.”Pete”) Byrd and their children, Lee Poole (Betsy Watson), Daphne (Jason) Cochran, Angie (Brent) Smith, Kathy (Marvin) Batten; and her son, Bill (Emily) Andrews and their children, Beth (David) Moye and Billy (Ashley) Andrews,   She is also survived by her great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Janie’s life will be held on Friday, June 7, at 2:00 p.m. at Durham Memorial Baptist Church, 133 Robbins Rd., Durham.  The family will receive guests immediately following the service in the Family Life Center.

The family wishes to express their deep appreciation and gratitude to the “family” at Magnolia Glen who lovingly cared for Janie during the past few years. Your love and care for her made her transition from independent living to Magnolia Glen one of ease and comfort. Also, a special thank you to the physical therapists who challenged Janie to be the best she could and for whom she cared deeply. Janie will be sorely missed, and as we remember her fondly, let us go forward sharing God’s love and blessing others as she blessed us. This is her true legacy.

In her generous spirit, Janie has requested that memorial gifts be made to Transitions Life Care at 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607 so their wonderful service to others may continue.


Condolences for the family of “Janie Lee Neville Andrews”

Condolence from Rev. C. W. Moss on June 5th, 2019 5:11 pm

Mrs. Andrews was a committed Christian and it was reflected in her roles as daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She touched my life through her faith and in her joyful personality. She was caring, loving, compassionate. I grew up in Durham Memorial and the Joyland Community and have blessed memories of my relationship with Mrs. Andrews and her family. I will forever be grateful for the love and encouragement she gave me through the years. Bill and Olivia and grandchildren, may God surround you with His presence and give you comfort, peace, and joy as you celebrate the life of your precious Mother.

Condolence from Larry and Kaye Shive on June 5th, 2019 10:53 pm

Bill and family, so very sorry to learn of your mothers death. You are in Kaye and my prayers for God’s Peace and Comfort during this time of loss.

Condolence from Joan Luquire on June 6th, 2019 10:09 am

Janie was a wonderful loving woman. She always was smiling. My Mother ,Margaret Luquire thought the world of Janie. Love and prayers to your family.

Condolence from Dennis and Debbie Triplett on June 6th, 2019 8:22 pm

Bill and Emily, thinking of you and your family. Your mother appeared to be a true special person and I am sure she will be missed.

Condolence from Jackie King Szaflarski on June 6th, 2019 8:39 pm

Loved your Mom so much! Was happy to get reacquainted with her a few years back when I lived in NC again (for a time). She loved the Sunday School class and everyone in it. She will be missed by everyone whose life she touched but she is resting in the arms of God now. My condolences to your family.

Condolence from Candee Herndon on June 7th, 2019 11:39 am

We are sad to lose Aunt Janie such a wonderful lady always had a smile on her face and always made you feel loved! So sad we can’t be there today but Dad’s health is not good but we will be there in spirit!! We loved Aunt Janie and we miss her go rest now!

Condolence from Wanda Hearne on June 7th, 2019 12:58 pm

I thought the world of Janie neighbor Chandler Place Condo’s and my mother Elsie Smith loved her as well. She always had a smile and wanted to get to know you. She will be really missed but she had such a long life. I have missed having her at Chandler Place. Please give my condolences to the whole family and know that she is at peace.

Condolence from Becky Walton Pope on June 7th, 2019 1:00 pm

Olivia’s, I have fond memories from our days as kids. It sounds like your mom led a blessed life and I know will be greatly missed. Best regards and condolences, Becky Walton

Condolence from Linda Tilley on June 8th, 2019 11:15 am

To Olivia , Bill and family of Janie,
My Mom was Louise Tilley. She and Janie were friends from “way back”. I loved it when Janie and mama would talk on the phone and I’d get to say hey. She had such a great sense of humor and was a delight to talk to. I would take Mama to Janie’s to visit on occasion and watch them have a good time together. I’m so glad I got to know Janie and so glad my Mom had such a sweet friend. Sorry for your loss and I will remember your family in my prayers as you get used to life without sweet Janie.
Love, Linda Tilley

Condolence from Van & Pam Hursey on June 9th, 2019 12:08 am

Dear Andrews Family, What a wonderfuly, godly, kind lady Mrs. Janie was. She was so good to Ruth Utley (Shirley Utley Hursey’s mother) and they were dear friends for many years and we are most grateful for that. Mrs. Janie had the gift of “helps” and when she saw a need, she was already working on it for someone else. May God give you His grace & strength the days ahead in your time of grief and may precious memories of Mrs. Janie flood your souls. The Evangelist Billy Graham would say” Mrs. Janie is more alive than ever and has just changed addresses”. We are praying for you in this time of “temporary separation” until we all see her again. All our love & prayers, Van & Pam/”Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints” Psalm 116:15

Condolence from Rick and Honor Sorrell on June 10th, 2019 8:09 pm

Dear Andrews Family, Honor and I are so sorry for your loss. You all were so blessed to have the folks that you did, they were both wonderful. Mrs. Janie was one of the kindest ladies I ever knew and always seemed so happy to see you. Hope and pray you will keep those precious memories forever.
Love you guys, Rick and Honor

Condolence from Rick and Honor on June 10th, 2019 8:20 pm

Dear Andrews family, Honor and I were so sorry to hear of your loss. You guys were so blessed to have the folks that you did. Mrs. Janie was one of the nicest ladies I ever knew, she always had a smile and seemed to be happy to see you. Many fond memories from the lake. Pray you always remember the precious times you had with her. Love to all, Rick and Honor

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