Andrew Jay Washington
January 10, 1955 – July 20, 2020
“Coach” Andrew “Drew” Jay Washington, 65, of Beaumont, TX departed this life on July 20, 2020. He was born in Bastrop, TX on January 10, 1955, and was the sixth child born to Sammie J. and Minnie Lee Washington. At an early age he accepted Christ as his Savior and was baptized at Union Chapel A.M.E. Church.
Andrew was a 1974 graduate of Bastrop High School where he played multiple sports including baseball, tennis, and football. This led him to be recruited by Lamar University to play football as a Lamar University Cardinal. He later graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education. Andrew later pledged the graduate chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. In the summer of 1980, he began his teaching career with the Beaumont Independent School District as Health teacher and coach at Beaumont Charlton-Pollard High School (the school was later renamed Central High School in 1986). While attending Lamar University, Andrew met Cynthia Chaison, in 1976. Several years later, Andrew married Cynthia on September 1, 1984.
Andrew taught Health and Physical Education for many years. After receiving a Master of Education in Administration from Prairie View A&M University in 1994, he was promoted to administrator where he served as an assistant principal for five years. He later returned to the coaching ranks where he was Head Track coach and coached football. In 2009, he achieved his career goal to become head coach of the football team at Central High School for 3 years. In 2012, he accepted a position as Assistant Athletic Director for the school district where he continued to work in athletics throughout the district until 2014. After working 34 years for BISD, Andrew retired although that did not last very long. His passion for athletics continued even in retirement as he was called on many times to assist with various local sporting events. In 2017, he accepted the opportunity to assist with the football team at Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School. He embraced and enjoyed the task of being a mentor to both the coaching staff and football team.
Andrew enjoyed using his custom made barbeque pit in his spare time, demonstrating his ‘pit master’ skills in the craft and family tradition, inspired by his grandfather who owned a barbeque market in Bastrop, TX. He loved spending quality time with family and friends; his kind spirit will be missed by many. He kept in contact and maintained lifelong friendships with many of his high school and college friends throughout the years.
Andrew was preceded in death by his parents, Sammie J. Washington and Minnie Lee Washington-Reese; his brothers, Sammie Lee Washington, Hulisher Randy Washington, Clarence Williams, and Larrie James Washington; his stepfather, Earnest Reese; and his mother-in-law Vivian Chaison.
He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife of 35 years, Cynthia Diane Washington; and his goddaughter, Donielle Yvonne Montgomery; father-in-law, Reverend Elmo Chaison; sister-in-law, Myra Goldman (Alvin, Sr). Also left to cherish precious memories are his sister, Patricia Washington-Phillips (James); his brothers, Darnell Washington (Esther), Herman Washington (Sharon), Johnny Lee Washington (Louanna), Louis Ray Washington, Sr. (Pamela), Brian Washington, Sr. (Ruthie); his sisters-in-law, Ruth Washington, Betty Jo Williams, Roxanne Washington, and Gloria Washington and an extensive host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many, many friends.