Ike Andrews, 84

Ike Andrews, 84; N.C. Democrat served six terms in Congress

Friday, May 14, 2010

Ike Andrews, 84, a North Carolina Democrat who served six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and became known for his legislative efforts on behalf of education and the elderly, died May 10 at an assisted living center in Carrboro, N.C. He had complications related to an infection.

Mr. Andrews was a North Carolina lawyer and member of the state General Assembly when he won election to the U.S. House in 1972 to represent a district that included Raleigh. He served on the House Education and Labor Committee and was chairman of its human resources subcommittee. He also worked on issues related to aging and long-term care.

He lost reelection in 1984 to Republican Bill Cobey, a former University of North Carolina athletic director. After leaving Congress, Mr. Andrews practiced law in Raleigh and Siler City.

Ike Franklin Andrews was born in Bonlee, N.C., on Sept. 2, 1925. After attending Virginia's Fork Union Military Academy, he served in the Army in Europe during World War II. His decorations included the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.

He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1950 and from its law school in 1952. He served in the state Senate from 1959 to 1961 and the state House from 1961 to 1963 and 1967 to 1972.

Survivors include his wife, the former JoAnne Johnson; a daughter; and two grandchildren.

-- From staff and wire reports

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