Andrew Ella McKee was born on November 20, 1903. She was born four months after her father’s death. She had a twin brother that was born and died before her birth. She always went by the name Andrella, although her nieces and nephews all called her Aunt Andy. On July 2, 1921, she married Joseph C. Thomas. He’d served in World War I and was a member of the Masonic lodge. The couple had one daughter, Vernell. They lived in Laurens and he worked in the cotton mill the first fifteen years of their life together. In 1936, the family moved to Danville, VA where Joe served on the City Police Department. After retiring in 1961, he worked as a guard at the city farm. Joe died on April 9, 1964. Andrella continued to live in Danville until 1975 when she went to live with her daughter in Centerville, MA. She was the last of her brothers and sisters, leaving this world on December 29, 1983.
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