Celebration of Life this Sunday for Richard Andrew, a Logger who became a Legend


HEASTON RIDGE — On Sunday, October 4, 2020, at the Heaston UM Church on Heaston Ridge in Upshur County, WV, there will be a Celebration of Life Event honoring Ralph Richard Andrew, Sr. from 1 – 4 p.m. 

Mr. Andrew was called Home at the age of 86 on September 18, 2020, following a brief illness. 

During Mr. Andrew’s life, he touched the lives of many in many different ways.  In 1964, Richard started Andrew Lumber and Supply, where his passion for the woods and timbering showed over the years.  In addition, Mr. Andrew worked as a superintendent for a road construction company and performed various other odd and end jobs.  He employed many over the years.

Mr. Andrew was involved heavily within the community and was a Christian by faith.  Over the years, he was a big supporter and contributor to various community organizations such as SUBA, the Lions Club, the youth group at Heaston UM Church, and Relay for Life.  Richard was always wanting to help anyone and everyone that he could.  Many of his Sundays were spent visiting the sick and those who needed a helping hand. 

Earlier in 2020, Mr. Andrew was invited to attend a special logger’s luncheon, where he received the award that stated, “Many Men Become Loggers But Only A Few Become A Legend.”  Richard was still timbering even after his 86th birthday in August.

During the Celebration of Life Event, all are welcome to attend.  There will be various speakers and singers, with all welcome to participate in the event. Those wanting to speak/sing can reach out to Mr. Andrew’s granddaughter, Rebecca, at (304) 940-5723.  The cemetery will also be open during this time, which is located beside the church. 

A donation jar will be available for anyone wishing to make a donation to the youth group at the Heaston UM Church. 

Please note that COVID-19 safety guidelines will be in place and followed during the event.  Thanks in advance for wearing a face covering as your part in helping to make this event successful and safe.

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