Alice Echo-News Journal pressman Bob “Dale” Andrews died at the age of 71 on Wednesday, May 4.
Employees at the Echo remember Dale as a friendly individual who got along with everyone.
“He would call all the ladies sis,” Editor Ofelia Hunter said. “He was a warm individual who always brought smiles to our newsroom.”
He spent more than 40 years as a pressman, producing scores of newspapers and other publications in San Patricio, Nueces and Jim Wells counties including Alice Newspapers Inc., producing newspapers for Alice, Duval County Press, Freer Press and Nueces County Record Star.
Most of his career was with RotoLith Printing Co. in Sinton. He spent his later working years with Alice Newspapers Inc.
“Saddened by the passing of former Alice Echo-News Journal pressman Dale Andrews. He was the nicest, more pleasant gentleman you could ever meet in a newspaper pressroom,” said Pete Garcia, Alice Echo-News Journal sports writer. “He began each day by saying "good morning" to everyone in the newsroom and each holiday meant a serving of his famous jalapeno pie or his homemade gumbo.”
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gran and Vera Andrews; a sister, Viola Bourgeois; a brother, Henry Andrews; and brothers-in-law Charles “Jay” Percle and Roland Bourgeois.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Betty Andrews; a brother, David (Lola) Andrews and Isabelle Percle, both of Bayou Vista LA; sisters, Betty Carol (Gerald) Thibodeaux of Magnolia, Texas and Myrtis (Billy) Noble of Robstown, Texas along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Private services will be held at a later date in Morgan City, LA.