On Saturday, September 15, 2018, Andrew Michael Fourney, compassionate son, sweet brother and loving husband, passed away in Ethiopia at the age of 57 due to an accidental fall.
Andy was born on April 9, 1961, in Parkersburg, to Phil and Betty Jean Fourney. Andy lived his life in Ravenswood on the Fourney Farm until starting his education at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He continued his education in Chile where he received an MA in Rural Development. He then went on to obtain a doctorate in Public Health at the University of Texas. Andy began his career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala. He has worked in Armenia, Angola, Ethiopia, Namibia and Rwanda. He was a world traveler, and loved it.
Andy had a passion for helping others and making the world a better place. He loved being outside and being active. He would be riding his mountain bike, playing disc golf or joining an ultimate frisbee game any chance he could, anywhere he was. He practiced yoga religiously when he was not outdoors. His kind spirit was contagious. Andy was unique, and had a way of touching your life whether you met him once or multiple times.
Andy was preceded in death by his father, Phil; his brothers, Ed, Conrad and Todd. He is survived by his lovely wife, Patricia Fine; his beautiful mother, Betty Jean; his brother, Paul; his sister, Martha and her husband, Davy Catlett; his children, Kaylyn and Casey Catlett; and countless wonderful aunts, uncles and cousins.
A celebration of Andy’s life will be held on Saturday, October 6, at Cedar Lakes in Ripley, W.Va., between the hours of 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Andy would want us to share memories of him, laugh, smile and enjoy time with one another. Come casual. Bring your lawn chairs. Refreshments will be provided. A reflection of his life will begin at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Jackson County 4-H Foundation, 157 County Farm Road, Cottageville, WV 25239.