E. David Anderson Jr., of Middle Sound, died July 13, 2015, at the age of 85.
He was born on June 18, 1930, in Wilmington, where he lived most of his life except for the 22 years he served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean and Vietnam wars.
His mother and father, Alena Saunders and Edgar D. Anderson Sr., and brother, Donald D. Anderson, preceded him in death.
David is survived by his wife of 65 years, Randolyn; children, Debbie Anderson Packer, Beth Anderson Whitley and husband, Doug, of Wilmington, and David Anderson III, of Inverness, Florida; grandchildren, Sharon Packer Maultsby and husband Branden, of Delco, Heather Anderson and Shawn Whitley, of Wilmington, Melissa Anderson Hughes and husband, West, of Winterville, Stephanie Anderson, of Wilmington, and David Anderson IV and wife, Jen, of Charleston, South Carolina; sister, Ann Baker and husband Earl, of Wilmington; sister-in-law, Julia Anderson, of Wilmington; and special friend of the family, Bill Leddin.
David graduated from New Hanover High School in 1948. He was active in the ROTC band and continued his love of music after graduation by playing in local bands and even organizing his own band while he was stationed in Japan. He attended Wilmington College and took many correspondence courses.
He traveled all over the world during his tour with the Air Force and retired with the rank of chief master sergeant. After retiring, David went in the construction business with an old school buddy and built his house on Pages’s Creek. He called it his “million dollar view” and continued building on it for 40 years. He had a love for construction and was always finding something new to do on his home.
David was also an avid outdoorsman and loved shrimping, crabbing and fishing. He, his brother Donald and friend Francis Traister won the King Mackerel Tournament in 1984.
David was a charter member, elder and devoted choir member of Windermere Presbyterian Church. He was a past master of Orient Lodge #395 AF & AM as well as the secretary for 13 years. He was also a past presiding officer of the York Rite Bodies where he was secretary for seven years and received the Purple Cross.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 18, 20145, at Windermere Presbyterian Church conducted by Pastor Walt Griffith. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. The family suggests casual dress.
In lieu of flowers, contribution may be made to Windermere Presbyterian Church; Oxford Home; the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation; Cape Fear Council Boy Scouts of America; or charity of your choice.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.
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