I am very sad to report that Robert Andrews (Othniel) passed away today. His partner Barry Mitchell posted this message this evening on Facebook:
I am beyond words to have to report that Robert passed away this morning rather suddenly due to complications from an apparent viral infection. I have delayed this post today trying to reach critical family members. Visitation is set at 6-8pm Monday Sept 17, 2012 at Bryan Funeral Home in Hoxie AR. Services will be at St Mark's Episcopal Church on Tuesday morning at 10am. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery in Black Rock, AR next to his beloved Grandma Ruth. I have always been in awe of Robert's ability to touch the lives of others including my own in unique ways.
Robert was one of the very first "real life" friends I met via Daily Kos. He was very involved in the Democracy for America conference in Austin several years ago, and was a full-time volunteer when Austin hosted a large number of Katrina refugees. He had a deep faith and a strong passion for justice. He has been ill for several years (and was the recipient of a community quilt), but he and Barry had been happy in their new home in the country in Arkansas the past couple of years.
Robert was a kind and gentle soul. May he rest in peace.