James B. Andrews ("Jim"), passed away on April 10, 2023 at the age of 90.
Jim was born in Randolph County, WV to parents Anna and Arley Andrews.
After graduating from Elkins HS in 1950, he earned his Masters degree in Music Education at Marshall
University. Jim served in the Army from 1956-1958. A devoted husband and father, Jim married Illa Pullen
in 1962 and had one son, Brian.
Professionally and as a volunteer, Jim worked extensively in a variety of areas of arts and music. His two
biggest roles were serving as State Supervisor of Music at the West Virginia Department of Education (1965-
1973), and Executive Director of Arts and Humanities (1973-1988). He received several awards along the way
including Distinguished West Virginian in 1988. Vandalia Gathering (an annual music and arts festival) is one
example of Jim's accomplishments that lives on today.
From playing trombone in a jazz band called Royal Blues as a teenager, to performing as a featured solo
artist, to directing the Hurricane and Pt. Pleasant HS bands, to his work with The West Virginia Symphony,
Jim's love of music spanned his entire life. If you had the chance to hear him play, or were lucky enough to
play in a group with him, you know how talented a musician he was.
Jim was an avid golfer, his favorite course was Sleepy Hollow Golf Club where he was a 20-year member. He
was also an active member of Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church, singing in the choir and
serving as choir director during the mid-50s.
While he lived the majority of his life in WV, he spent the last 20 years in The Villages, FL, and was most
recently in Greenville, SC near his son, daughter-in-law, and brother.
Jim is survived by his son Brian (Susan), brother John (Mary), sister-in-law Arlene, niece Allison, and
nephews Chris and Allen.
Preceding him in death were his wife Illa, parents Arley and Anna, and brother Gene.
Visitation and funeral services will begin at 11am on Friday, May 5 at Forrest Burdette Memorial United
Methodist Church, Hurricane, WV. Interment will follow in Valley View Cemetery, Hurricane, WV.
Remembrances can be made in the form of contributions to the West Virginia Youth Symphony or The Dept.
of Music at Marshall University.
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