James “Andy” Alfred Anderson, Jr., born on May 3, 1977, passed from this life to eternal life in Heaven with God his father on August 19, 2021 at age forty-four. He was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Jessica L. Anderson.
Andy is survived by his wife Miriam, sons Jeff, Jamie, Christian (Teagyn), James, Micah and Levi, and daughters Kammi, Inga, and Gretchen, sisters Erica Sutek (Scott), Ellen Smith (Kevin), father James “Andy” Anderson, Sr., father-in-law William Eskridge, brother-in-law Tommy Eskridge (Claudine), sister-in-law Kara McMillan (Kevin), and ten nieces and nephews.
A native of Jacksonville, Andy graduated from Ed White High School in 1995 then attended Word of Life Bible Institute in upstate New York where he completed the first and second year programs. It was at the beginning of his second year that he met Miriam. A year later, after they both transferred to Liberty University, he proposed on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel island. Ten months after that they were married. Andy worked a full time job while he was a full time student and two years later they graduated together.
Andy was always willing to work hard. His jobs included stocking shelves at Wal-Mart, landscaping, forklift operator at a Wal Mart distribution center, running fiber optics for Lucent Technologies, maintenance for a Hilton hotel, social work with DCF, pool building with Innovative Pools, and lawn maintenance foreman with Cuyler Lawn Service. He understood his obligation to provide for his family and worked whatever jobs he had to make ends meet. God provided for his big family year after year. His desire to become a business owner became a reality when he started 6 Brothers Property Services. His foreman, four of his sons, and family friends continue to operate the business, providing the best service in the industry and excelling in customer satisfaction.
Andy loved to help meet the needs of his friends and brothers and sisters in Christ, and took his roles at church seriously. For several summers he took his small youth group to Word of Life summer camp in Hudson, FL. He was committed to serving in any way needed at his church. Andy lived out Biblical teaching to love one another by generously blessing others as God had blessed him. He genuinely cared about people and made friends wherever he went. Staying in touch with people via texts or calls was a priority for him and He often quoted, “To have friends you have to be a friend.” He understood that work was essential, but not at the expense of relationships.
Anyone who knew Andy has no doubt that he was committed to spending plenty of time with his family. Most evenings he could be found in the pool with the kids or watching the Hallmark channel with whoever was willing :). The family’s favorite weekend activity was going to the Fort George Inlet sandbar on his pontoon boat, the Float On. He loved to take his family on vacations. Fort Wilderness at Disney, Hannah Park Campground, Destin, FL, and the Georgia mountains were only a few of the places that vacation memories were made. He tried to always be available to talk with his children because he held firmly to what Deuteronomy 6:4-9 says about God’s commandments, “You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.” He also understood that a strong marriage equals a strong family. Date nights and date days were a priority for Andy and Miriam. Only two weeks before he passed, they took the Float On to Anna Maria Island, FL to celebrate their 23rd wedding anniversary.
The family would like to express their gratefulness to everyone who has reached out to show them God’s love. They are trusting in God’s plan for their lives and find great peace in knowing that Andy is Home.
Oh grant me wisdom from above,
To pray for peace and cling to love,
And teach me humbly to receive
The sun and rain of Your sovereignty.
Each strand of sorrow has a place,
Within this tapestry of grace;
So through the trials I choose to say:
Your perfect will in your perfect way.
-Keith Getty, Stuart Townsend
All are invited to a service to remember Andy on September 4th at 4pm at the the Arlington campus of the Church of Eleven22, 651 Commerce Center Drive, Unit 100, Jacksonville, FL, 32225. Family will begin receiving guests for an open visitation at 3:15pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
Word of Life Florida Summer Camp
Mail checks to: Word of Life, Attn: Beth Hirzel, 13247 Word of Life Drive, Hudson, FL, 34669
Credit card donations call (727) 379-5043
Desiring Advancement Overseas
I cannot begin to express my sorrow for “Lil” Andy & His Mom. Big Andy & Jess wrote the book on successful Christian Parenting. For a Person with a heart has Huge as Big Andy’s it’s going to take a tremendous amount of the Super Glue of Love to attempt to help repair it’s Brokenness. “Igor my Lil Brother from Another Mother, I beleave Even The Statue of The Unknown Norwegian in Lake Wobegon is shedding tears for you, I know I am. waysI will always be greatful the privilidge of calling you my friend.