Dr. Ira Edgerton Dwight Andrews

Pastor FBC Hillsborough, 1906-1907
In 1906, the church minutes indicate that “on Sunday the 30th day of Sept. Bro. Ira E D Andrews was invited to preach for us.”  The following summer, July 28, 1907, Andrews offered his resignation to take effect the first of October.1

The following brief synopsis was compiled from information found on the Internet and is arranged chronologically.
Ira Edgerton Dwight Andrews was born ca 1875, parents and location unknown.  He attended UNC at Chapel Hill receiving an AB degree in teaching in 1898.  At the time, he was listed as being 23 years old, 5’9’’ tall and weighing 145 lbs. 2 He is also listed as being on the law class roll at UNC, but there is no indication that he graduated with a law degree.3   He served in the NC House of Representatives in 1905 as a Democrat from Chapel Hill, NC and was assigned to the following standing committees:  Education, Appropriations, Judiciary, Trustees of University, Revision of Law, Institute for Blind and Insane Asylum.4 

When and where he was licensed or ordained to preach is unknown.  He was pastor of the Baptist Church in Hillsboro from 1906 to 1907 and, at the same time, was teaching in the Orange County Public School system in Chapel Hill. 5 He is also listed in 1907 as being enrolled in the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY.6 In 1910, he is listed as the pastor of the Dallasburg Baptist Church in Wheatley, Kentucky.  On March 4, 1914 he married Emma Whitehead Souther of Wheatley, KY.7   She was born on April 4, 1890 making him 39 and her 24 years old at the time of their marriage.  She was the tenth child of Robert Souther and Hulda Van Deren of Owen County Kentucky.8   Whether they had children is unknown.

Andrews is listed as pastor of the Westminister Baptist Church in Westminister, Oconee County, SC from 1923 to 1926.9 He is referred to as Doctor Ira E.D. Andrews at the Westminister Church.  So he must have received an honorary doctor’s degree sometime prior to becoming pastor there.

The last residence noted for the Andrews is Clayton, NC.  Mrs. Andrews is listed a president of the Clayton, NC Women’s Club from 1933 to 1935.10   The date and location of their deaths and the site of their burial is not known.
Andrews penned the following for the Christian Index, Atlanta, Georgia, published on September 8, 1921.  It seems a fitting tribute to his life’s work.
Gentleness is a composite virtue. Its basis is love, its expression is kindness, its purpose is helpfulness. It rests undisturbed and all the conflicts that may arise for it recognize its depth. It is a characteristic of Divinity for the Psalmist has said, "Thy gentleness hath made me great." (Psalms 18:35.) It is a virtue of humanity for by it the people rejoice. It is power without noise, faith without sign, guidance without force. It entertains no worry; it yields to no haste. ... It stays the heart that is wavering and sees through the chastening of the good. It is an uplift to the beggar and a grace to the benefactor. It sweetens the draught on the wanderer's lips, and reminds him of home and mother's caresses. It shames the heart of the ingrate and moves the scorner to praise.11
  1. Minutes of First Baptist Church Hillsborough, NC from November 19, 1853 to December 2, 1953.
  2. The Hellian. Published by the Fraternities, UNC at Chapel Hill.  1898.  Accessed on April 4, 2011 at: http://www.archive.org/stream/hellenianserial1898univ#page/n193/mode/2up
  3. The Yackety Yack 1904. Published by Literary Societies and Fraternities, UNC at Chapel. Accessed on April 5, 2011 at: http://www.archive.org/stream/yacketyyackseria00univ#page/n3/mode/2up
  4. A pocket manual for the use of members of the general assembly of North Carolina, 1905. Compiled and arranged by J. Bryan.  Accessed on April 5, 2011 at: http://www.archive.org/details/pocketmanualforu1905nort
  5. The North Carolina year book and business directory [serial] (Volume 1907). Compiled by Wease Bollman.  Accessed on April 5, 2011 at:  http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/wease-bollman/the-north-carolina-year-book-and-business-directory-serial-volume-1907-ela/page-59-the-north-carolina-year-book-and-business-directory-serial-volume-1907-ela.shtml
  6. Proceedings of the annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention, 1907. Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Presses of Edwards and Broughton, Raleigh, NC,  Accessed April 5, 2011 at: http://www.archive.org/details/proceedingsofann1907bapt
  7. Alumni Review, Volume 2, No. 5 1914. UNC,  Office of Publication, Chapel Hill, NC. Accessed on April 5, 2011 at: http://www.archive.org/details/alumnireviewseri0205chap
  8. Family Tree Maker Genealogical Database: Descendants of John Broyles. Accessed on April 5, 2011 at: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/v/e/r/Steven-C-Verden/GENE1-0165.html
  9. South Carolina Obits: Marshall Abbott, Keowee Courier. Submitted by Susan Brock-Booker (2003).  Accessed on April 5, 2011 at:  http://www.usgwarchives.net/obits/text/scobits/1929/mar/abbottm.txt
  10. Past Presidents:  The Woman’s Club of Clayton.  Accessed on April 5, 2011 at: http://www.thewomansclubofclayton.com/Member-Honors.php
  11. Hubpages.  Christian Inspiration.  Accessed on April 5, 2011 at:  http://hubpages.com/hub/Sentence-Sermons-Christian-Inspiration-19 

 Compiled by Reginald Carter, Historian, FBC Hillsborough
Last Updated: April 5, 2011

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