Mr. Wayne Collins andrews Sr., OP passed in peace at the age of 76 following a long illness in Houston, TX. Preceded in death by his wife JoAnn at the age of 56, Wayne is survived in legacy by his wife, Elizabeth Martin Andrews; his son, Wayne Andrews, Jr. and his wife Cindy, daughter Lisa Davis and husband Fred, and son Jeffrey Andrews and his wife Courteney, as well as 4 beautiful grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Donna Leach, John Andrews and his wife Gerry, and Susie Hooper.
Born in Bastrop, LA, the oldest son of Bob and Jo Andrews, he spent most of his life in New Orleans, a city that captured his heart, until moving to Houston in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina.
After graduating from Bastrop High School, he met JoAnn, or Bunny as her friends and family knew her. They were married in 1963 and spent 36 wonderful years together. An accident at work would end his career as a mechanic, but Wayne was ever the optimist. He reinvented himself throughout the years, independently studying to work as an audio visual engineer and repair technician, so that he could eventually own his own company, InfoDat.
After the loss of his wife in 1999, Wayne found love again with Elizabeth Martin. He would always say what a lucky man he was to have found 2 very special women with whom to share his life. They were married for 15 happy years that started in New Orleans, took them to Katy, TX and finally saw them settle in Houston, TX.
Elizabeth is an artist, which afforded Wayne the opportunity to pursue his passion for carpentry as he loved building frames for her paintings. Wayne’s other passion was his membership in the Order of Preachers as a Lay Dominican, and this devotion called him to serve others. He was admitted into the Dominican Laity on June 8, 2003. He made his Temporary Promise on June 5, 2005. He made his Perpetual (lifetime) Promise on June 8, 2008. He was a member of Veritas Chapter in New Orleans. He transferred to St. Dominic Chapter in New Orleans. He and Elizabeth sought refuge in Houston, TX, during Hurricane Katrina. They decided to make Katy, Texas their new home to be close to his family living there. Desiring to stay close to his Lay Dominican roots, he started Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Lay Dominican Group at Holy Rosary Church in Houston, TX. He mentored the Group until they were recognized as Chapter in July of 2018. The group started with only three members and now has well over 20 members with a satellite group inside Ellis Unit prison in Huntsville, TX. Wayne also served as Editor and Editor Emeritus of Luminara, the monthly newsletter for Dominican Laity of Province of Saint Martin de Porres (Southern Province).
Wayne was fascinated with history and studied the subject throughout his life. While he studied history from all over the world, Wayne was particularly interested in the Great Wars and in Ancient Rome. He loved reading and discussing history with anyone who shared this quest for knowledge (or was willing to listen). He, also, loved reading the Bible in Latin.
After his human family, Wayne’s greatest love was for dogs. He was a kind and conscientious pet owner who took excellent care of his canine companions. Throughout his illness he would tease people about owning an Irish Wolfhound because, as he would say, “Small dogs aren’t real dogs. You’ve got to have a big dog!”
A visitation is set for Wednesday, May 15th from 7pm to 9pm at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home 3827 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, May 16th at 1:30 at St. Anthony of Padua Church 640 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetary. The family will gather at St. Dominic Church 775 Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124 in the Siena Room from 4:00 - 5:30 following the burial.