Andrew B. “Andy” Canterbury, age 39, of Jackson, passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2018 from injuries received in an automobile accident. He was born July 24, 1979 in Gallipolis, Ohio. Andy was a 1998 graduate of Wellston High School and a 2003 graduate of Rio Grande College, where he received a degree in Business Management.
An outgoing, straightforward, all-around great guy, Andy would give you the shirt off his back. He was the Assistant Protection Assistant Manager at Walmart in Waverly, Ohio. Andy was an outdoorsman, who spent a lot of time with his beagles, hunting. Not only did he enjoy rabbit hunting, but he also enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, kayaking, and most definitely spending time with his family and friends. Andy’s whole world revolved around his family, especially his wife and nephews. He was an avid cigar collector and a member of the ARHA and CBC.
Andy is survived by his wife, whom he married on October 12, 2013, Jamie L. Thompson Canterbury; mother, Kimberly S. Baird Bates (Danny Ortman) of Jackson; step-father, Marvin Bates of Coalton; sister, Nicola “Nikki” Bates (Jarrod Denney) of Jackson; nephews, Zain Bates and Layden Denney; grandmother, Erma Ernestine Baird of West Plains, Missouri; father-in-law and mother-in-law, James Thompson and Wanda Thompson of Ironton; as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of special friends who Andy held close to his heart. He was preceded in death by his sister, Cassandra Canterbury; and grandparents, Glenn Baird and Ima Bess Canterbury and Mose Canterbury.
Come as you are and join Andy’s family for calling hours Saturday from 4 to 8 P.M. at the McWilliams Funeral Home in Wellston. A Celebration of Life service will be held Sunday at 1 P.M. at the McWilliams Funeral Home with Pastor Johnny Jones officiating. A cigar party honoring Andy will be held immediately following the service at Pride Park in Wellston. In keeping with Andy’s wishes, his body will be cremated. The family requests the omission of flowers; instead please give a donation to any local animal organization (not PETA) in Andy’s memory.