Andrew Mays Halton, 35, died on October 21 only a few hours short of his 36th birthday. Andrew was born in Austin, Texas on October 22, 1981 to John and Cheryl Halton. He met his beloved wife Anna Kathryn Taylor in Austin and they were married in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida on October 20, 2012. He and Anna have a bright and joyful daughter, June, born July 11, 2015. Andrew's church, All Saints Presbyterian, was an important part of his life as well, and he was honored to play a significant role in the recent construction of the church building and serve as a deacon. His faith and relationship with the Lord molded him into a man of patience, compassion and genuine goodness. Andrew firmly believed he would rest with God should he not survive his illness. Throughout the year since his diagnosis, Andrew truly knew the peace and comfort of the Holy Spirit, and especially so in his last weeks. Before he died he told his family that he had lived a full life and had been able to do all the things he wanted to do - time was only more compressed than he would have chosen.
Andrew, an 8th generation Texan, graduated from Texas Tech University in 2004 with a degree in Management. He went on to fulfill a dream from his teenage years - to own his own company as an active home builder in central Austin. Even more meaningful to him was the secure and loving family he built with Anna and June. Andrew loved kayaking and spending time in the San Juan Islands of Washington State; he also loved cycling and cherished the times he rode the Tour of Haiti and of Uganda to raise support for the Global Orphan Project. His relationships at GO Project, along with the time he spent in Haiti days after the 2010 earthquake and the multiple visits thereafter, were some of the most meaningful experiences of his young adult life.
Andrew is survived by his wife, Anna and their daughter, June as well as his mother and father, John and Cheryl Halton, his brother, Charles and his wife Lori and their daughter, Grey, in addition to his aunt, Diana Mays of San Marcos and cousins, Matt and Leigha Murphree and their son, Jackson Ivan Murphree of San Marcos and Stephanie Murphree of Kyle. The family wishes to thank Dr. Demetrius Loukas for his prayerful, expert and loving medical care for Andrew, and also the Rev. Tim Frickenschmidt for his dedicated and compassionate friendship to Andrew and Anna during Andrew's illness. We all are so thankful for the many, many friends and our greater community who bore burden, called, wrote cards and e-mails, visited, and prayed for us through this last year.
A private graveside service will be held at Hutto City Cemetery on Wednesday, October 25th where Andrew will be buried next to both sets of grandparents. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 26 at All Saints Presbyterian Church, 7808 Rialto Blvd., Austin, Texas 78735. A reception at the church will follow. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to All Saints Presbyterian Church in Austin or to the Global Orphan Project, 3161 Wyandotte St. Kansas City, MO 64111. Soli Deo Gloria!