Joseph Andrews, Sr.

Obituary of Joseph Andrews, Sr.

Joseph William Andrews, Sr., 83, died on Monday, February 26, 2018 at the home he built in Shad Point, Salisbury.  He was the tenth of eleven beloved children born to the late Rev. George W. Andrews and Almeta Hutchins Andrews on November 1, 1934.

Joe was married to his devoted wife, Marjorie Pollitt Andrews, for fifty-one years.  They looked forward to their yearly trips to Florida where they enjoyed visiting with their daughter, Merritt Faye, and son, Joe Jr., who work for Universal Studios and Walt Disney World in Orlando.  They would often drive south with Paul and Wanda Ferrier to continue their vacation in Key West.

As a master sign painter he owned Joe Andrews Sign Age in Salisbury and trained many sign proprietors in the Salisbury area. 

A forty-one year member of the Peninsulaires Barbershop Chorus and a tenor in The Dockers Quartet, he entertained at many community events on the Eastern Shore.  Joe’s claim to fame was when he was in the barbershop quartet “The Hale Town Four” in the movie, “Runaway Bride” with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in 1999.

He was a former member of the Rotary Club of Salisbury and a life-long member of Cross Pointe Church of the Nazarene.  He graduated in 1954, the last graduating class from Wi-Hi, now Wicomico Middle School.  After attending Eastern Nazarene College, he served as a medic in the U.S. Army National Guard in Salisbury.

Besides his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his brothers, John, Kenneth, Paul, David, George and Seth; a sister, Grace Dolinger; brothers-in-law, Rev. Robert Wanner, Brad Dolinger, and Ted Phillips; and a niece, Terri Michelle Oakley.

Joe is survived by his brother, Francis Andrews (Bertha) of Hudson, NH; and two sisters, Lois Wanner of Plattsburg, NY and Ruth Couchenour (Bill) of Vicksburg, MI; a sister-in-law, Marian Phillips of Lewes, DE; thirty-nine nieces and nephews and numerous other family members.

Many thanks are extended to Ron & Joyce Willey, Rosemary Gallis, Steve & Judy Scott, Barbara, Miranda & Jenna Wood, Russ Houseal, Andrea Disharoon, Bill Smith, and the nurses and caregivers at Coastal Hospice.  He will be missed for his creative ingenuity and his great sense of humor.

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cross Pointe Church of the Nazarene, with Rev. Joel Beiler officiating.  There will be a visitation on Saturday evening at the Holloway Funeral Home from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and also at the church on Sunday from 1:00-2:00 p.m.  Interment will be held at Shad Point Cemetery on Riverside Drive Ext. in Salisbury.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Cross Pointe Church of the Nazarene, Music Department, 27765 Nanticoke Road, Salisbury, MD 21801, and/or Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802, and/or the Alzheimer’s Association, 213 Downtown Plaza, Salisbury, MD 21801.

Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, 501 Snow Hill Rd., Salisbury, MD 21804. To send condolences to the family please visit