The family of Andrew Cason, with great sadness, announces his passing on June 5, 2021, after a long battle with cancer.
Andrew was born on July 13, 1947, to Eula Cason of Morven, North Carolina. From a young age, he was an outstanding student, graduating from Anson High School and earning a scholarship to Livingstone College. He participated in numerous on-campus activities, including concert choir, concert band, and marching band. He was also a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. After earning his chemistry degree in 1969, he settled in Richmond, Virginia, before relocating to New Kent County.
Andrew had a distinguished career at the paper mills in Hopewell and West Point for more than 30 years. He earned a Master’s Degree in Quality Management from Loyola University in 2000. He also made time to fulfill his true passion which was giving back to his community and spending countless hours volunteering. He was a coach for his children’s youth baseball teams, served within his church, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
His dedication led him to pursue a second career with the New Kent Sheriff’s Office (NKSO). Initially joining as an auxiliary member in 1997, he enrolled into the law enforcement academy in 2001, attending evening classes while still working full-time. He graduated at the top of his class in 2002, becoming a sheriff’s deputy known for his pride and compassion. For more than 10 years, he worked two jobs before retiring from the paper mill in 2012. In 2015, he retired from NKSO but remained active in the community through his service with the Blue Knights.
Andrew spent his golden years with the apples of his eye, his grandchildren. He often surprised them with his impromptu trips for ice cream and chicken nuggets. Nothing brought him more joy than attending their recitals, dance competitions, and sports games. Even as his health declined, he always found the strength for weekly family dinners until he was called home into the arms of the Lord.
Consistent with how he dealt with all of life’s experiences, Andrew managed his illness with strength, dignity, and spending much time as possible with his loved ones. On his final day, he was surrounded by his family, who he adored more than anything else in the world.
Andrew joins his mother, Eula Cason Leak, in Heaven, who preceded him in death.
His memory is cherished by his wife, Gladys; three children, Andrea (Trapper), Andrew (Heather), and Andrina (Emanuel); his grandchildren, Alysa, Eliana, Oliver, Stone, and Benjamin; his brothers, Harvey and Gregory; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
A memorial service will be planned at a later date. Andrew’s family thanks everyone who reached out to offer condolences and love.