ANDERSON, Douglas Edward, Sr., was born January 18, 1922 in Amelia County, Virginia as the eighth of 13 children to Ephraim Anderson and Ida Mae Hawks. Douglas lived his life in Amelia County except for the three years he served his country in WWII and a few years after the service when he lived and worked in Richmond, Va. Doug died at home on December 27, 2012. He truly loved Amelia, and saw little need to visit elsewhere. However, his
curiosity led him to travel to Europe twice, Alaska, and the Bahamas
accompanied by family and friends. He marveled at the antiquity of Europe. He
also travelled to Lumber and Forestry Conventions in the south. Doug never
missed his annual Army reunions that began in 1979 and lasted 30 years. The
reunions were hosted by various members of the XII Corps Artillery in their home towns and were a high light of Doug's year.
Doug was preceded in death by his parents, (Ephraim and Ida); brothers, John Matthew, "Sonny," Robert William, "Billy," George Archer, "George," Thomas
Hugh, "Buster;" and sisters, Dorothy Joan Anderson Woods, "Dorothy," and
Margaret May Anderson Willing, "Kitty." Doug is survived by his wife of 25 years, Marion Wenner Anderson; children,
Douglas E. Anderson Jr., Michael Radford Anderson, John William Anderson and
Susan Anderson Kvaven, and their respective spouses, Carol Weaver, Shadlynn Renee, and Erik Sven Kvaven. Doug is also survived by two stepsons, John Christopher Henkle and Michael Glendon Henkle; and Chris' spouse, Rachel Harrell. Doug is the proud grandparent of seven biological grandchildren,
Alexandria Nicole, Corrinne Eliza Belle, Kiersty Grace Kvaven, Mikayla Weaver,
Seth Torin Kvaven, Brooke Elizabeth, and Sarah Elizabeth Kvaven; and his stepgrandchildren, Samantha Ashley and Brenna Natane Reed; Shelbi Elizabeth, Marissa Joy and John Joseph Henkle. Also surviving him are his brothers, Joseph
"Joe" and Charles Aubrey; and sisters, Elizabeth Morris, Alison Boyles, Shirley Martin, and Ernestine Poore. Also surviving him are numerous nieces and nephews. Family was an important part of Doug's life. Doug's early life was spent helping on his Dad's farm and mobile sawmill operation, attending a one room school near his home and then on to high school
in the village. Doug attended Pine Grove Presbyterian Church every Sunday with his family. As a boy, Doug had some unusual accidents, fracturing his back when
falling out of a cherry tree, and being bitten by a copperhead snake. The momentous and life changing event for Doug was enlisting in the United
States Army in 1942 and serving in Patton's Third Army, (The Twelth Corps
Artillery.) He served most of his time in the European theatre in England and
France. He often told of sailing on the Queen Mary and driving for the General.
Doug left the states a boy, but returned a man. Doug was always proud to have
served his country. Upon leaving the service and working in Richmond a few years, Doug decided to
work at what he knew best, lumber. He formed a partnership with his brothers (Sonny and Aubrey) later buying out their interest and operating as an independent for many years. He and Aubrey later formed a partnership and
operated Anderson Brothers Lumber Company in Amelia for 50 plus years. Doug, after experiencing
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.