Milton Alexander Andrews (A.k.a "M.A., "Andy", "Mr. Mannella") passed away surrounded by his family on December 23, 2015. He was 82 years old.
Milton has been described as a brilliant creative force and "fireball" by those who knew him well. In his eight decades on this earth, he blazed a bright trail, leaving his legacy on everything from the US Navy to the Young Democrats of D.C. to the Andrews-Brink Advertising Agency, and eventually to two of the best Italian restaurants the Triangle area has known - Mannella's and This Side Up. In the last 17 years, Milton's creative passions were fully realized in his work as a photojournalist for the The Shelby Shopper & Info and Rutherford Weekly, where he was able to tell the stories of the Cleveland and Rutherford County communities.
Milton's joie de vivre survives through his proudest achievements, his children and grandchildren.
Milton was preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas Emanuel Andrews and Anna Marie Mannella Andrews and his wife, Roberta Nelson Andrews. He is survived by his sons Cmdr. Nicholas E. Andrews II and wife, Jana of Thousand Oaks, CA, and John N. Andrews of Raleigh, NC; daughters, Amy A. Mills and husband, Damon, of Atlanta, GA, Anna Marie Davidson of Chapel Hill, NC and Elizabeth Andrews of Cary, NC; sisters, Diana Hadesty and husband, Bill Hadesty of Southport, NC. and Marie McGrath of Fredrick , MD; and grandchildren, Kylie Larson, Alexandra Petty, Emily Andrews, Sofia Davidson, Aubrey Andrews, Ayden Petty, Kelsey Andrews and Collin Petty.
The family received friends at the Cecil Burton Funeral Home, 106 Cherryville Road, Shelby, NC, 28150. A Mass of Christian Burial 11am Wednesday December 30, at Immaculate Conception Church, 1024 West Main Street, Forest City, NC 28043. Burial will be at 1pm, Wednesday at Sunset Cemetery with Military Honors.
Milton requested that in lieu of flowers, those who wish to pay their respects please bring a bag of groceries to be donated at the local food bank. Donations can also be made directly to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina: http://www.secondharvestmetrolina.org
Cecil M Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family of Mr. Andrews.