Robert Edward Andress, retried pastor


RIDGELAND — Robert Edward Andress, 79, a retired United Methodist pastor, died July 23, 2006.


Services were held July 25 at St. Matthew's United Methodist Church in Madison.

Rev. Andress was born in Andalusia, Ala., Feb. 19, 1927 and graduated in 1945 from Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery. He served from 1945 to 1947 in the US Army. He received his bachelor degree from Huntington College in Montgomery and his masters of Christian Education from Emory School of Divinity in Atlanta.

He served 25 years in United Methodist churches in Alabama and Mississippi as a diaconal/deacon of Christian education. In the 1980s he returned to Emory to get his certification to be a local pastor with the United Methodist Church. He served 10 years as a local pastor in Mississippi before retiring to Ridgeland in 1993.

In retirement Rev. Andress served as chairman of both the East Jackson and the Mississippi United Methodist Conference Retired Clergy groups.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years Ruby Aaron Andress, his parents, Joseph and Ida Andress and his grandson, Michael Sprinkell.

Survivors include: daughters, Becky A. Sprinkell of Gulfport, Robyn A. Cook of Loranger, La., and Ruby Anne A. Crites of Euless, Texas; brother, Ernest M. Andress of Dothan, Ala.; and five grandchildren.


The family request donations to The Michael R. Sprinkell Memorial Fund, c/o Becky Sprinkell 4470 Kendall Circle, Gulfport, MS 39507 or The Katrina Relief Fund c/o St. Matthew's United Methodist Church, 7427 Old Canton Road, Madison, MS 39110.