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Andrew Blake Williams

Obituary Date: Thursday, September 1, 2022

Andrew Blake Williams, 38, beloved husband and father, passed away Thursday, September 1, 2022, after a two-year battle with ALS.  "Drew" was a well-respected accounting advisor and auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

His spouse, Nicole, described Drew as "a brilliant, humble, compassionate, and honorable man."

"The simple words I can write here could never express the weight of whom the world lost on September 1, 2022. But, I will do my best to paint a picture of my beloved husband so that you, too, may have a glimpse into what life was like with Andrew Blake Williams. "

Andrew was born on April 27, 1984, in Atlanta, Georgia to parents Bill and Beverly Williams. As a child, he was reading by the age of two, excelling in every sport he attempted, and running with the “speed of the puma” through the house and life. As a brother, he made smart, cool. He was an admirable example of a scholar and athlete. And he was the perfect example of a gentleman. As a brother, he led by example by standing for what is right, true and just.

His academic success spanned from high school through being a distinguished graduate of The University of Georgia where he graduated with honors with his BBA and Masters of Accountancy.

From college, he joined PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he dedicated 15 years into the public accounting field specializing in providing auditing and consulting services to clients in the banking and capital markets industry. He was revered as a leader in his field with colleagues far and wide seeking his guidance and counsel. Co-workers have shared that although Andrew was always the smartest in the room, he always made time to connect on a personal level. When we would daydream about winning the lottery, because who doesn’t, Andrew was always quick to say he would continue working. He was truly passionate about his work and enjoyed it.

Andrew and I met in 2008 and were engaged within a year. On our first date, we were headed to a restaurant he had picked, and I casually mentioned that Italian was my favorite food as we drove past Brio in Atlanta. He sharply turned the car across Peachtree Street and changed plans to take me out for an Italian dinner. His desire to care for me, spoil me, and love me in the best ways he knew how never ceased to amaze me for the next 14 years. Andrew was easy to love and it was my absolute honor to call him my husband. When I needed a shoulder, he was there. When I needed an ear, he was there. When I needed to be carried, he gladly swept me off my feet. 

Our three children, Elliot, Blake and Austin, were the light of his life. There was no one on earth who made him smile brighter or more proud than our children. Elliot’s curious mind, empathetic heart, and love of movie nights brought Andrew tremendous joy. The two completed the full Marvel and Star Wars series over the last few months. He adored Blake’s funny stories, sweet nature, and mischievous spirit. “Austin days” were some of his favorites. He loved to watch him play baseball in the den and watch football and sports together. 

The grace, humility and dignity Andrew has shown over the past two years through his journey with ALS has been an inspiration to everyone who crossed his path. His ability to continue to smile day in and day out will always amaze me. Above all else, Andrew was a man of God. His faith was strong and he had comfort in knowing that heaven and healing awaited him in the next chapter. 

He didn’t have the chance to put on paper what lessons he would want to share, but I can think of a few I think he would share. 

The Bible is your guide. Walk in it every day. 

Invest in your people and moments with them. The rest is temporary.

And always be weather aware. 

In addition to his immediate Family, Andrew is survived by parents Bill and Beverly, brother Matt, sister-in-law, Lawren, and mother and father-in-law, George and Vicki Foster, in addition to his wonderful extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Services will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, September 4th, 2022 at Christ Place Church 3428 Atlanta Hwy, Flowery Branch, GA, followed by a graveside service at Memorial Park Gardens 2030 Memorial Park Dr, Gainesville, GA. There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers, Andrew asked that a memorial donation be made to Team Gleason who supported him in providing voice banking software and access to his Tobii speaking device. 

 

Team Gleason Foundation

PO BOX 24493

New Orleans, LA 70184

https://teamgleason.org/donate/

Funeral Date
09/04/2022 at 3:00PM
Funeral Home
Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery and Crematory
Phone
770-287-8227
Address
2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, GA 30504
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