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William R. Rusty Anderson Jr.


1942 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
William R. Rusty Anderson Jr. Obituary
ANDERSON William R. Rusty Anderson Jr. fought for life until his last breath in a courageous battle against cancer on Sunday afternoon, July 27, in the care of Community Hospice in Jacksonville. He was 72. Born on a Sunday morning, Feb. 8, 1942, in St. Vincent s Hospital, Rusty resided his entire life in Jacksonville except for two years he spent serving his country in the U.S. Navy in his late teens. A handsome young man who won many girls hearts on the dance floor, Rusty will be lovingly remembered and missed greatly by those whose lives he touched, probably even by one or two of his ex wives. He was a good man, a hard worker, generous sometimes to a fault, and he would give you the shirt off his back if he thought you needed it more than he did. Rusty was also known as Shiny by friends who enjoyed many parties at his house in Southside Estates in the 1960s. But after he became a father and later a grandfather and became known as Pop and Papa, Rusty gradually began settling down. A former smoker and drinker for years, he stopped both bad habits cold turkey well over 20 years ago. When he put his mind to something and exercised his strong will power, he could do anything. After his discharge from the Navy Rusty worked as a gas station attendant and mechanic for a number of years before he got a job as a route salesman for a company that provided rental uniforms, rags and rugs for businesses throughout Jacksonville and surrounding areas. He later retired from that company and immediately went to work with his oldest son in the wrecker business, often driving hundreds of miles round trip in a single day to pick up and deliver vehicles. Rusty rarely cursed, seldom complained about anything, and almost always had a smile on his face, even near the end when cancer and years of chronic back pain finally ended his struggle. He will never be in pain again. He is survived by his loving wife of 23 years Reva Anderson; mother Mae Bell Maloy; sons William R. Anderson II, Michael Troy Anderson and Jimmy Ray Lloyd (Angie), all of Jacksonville; brother Richard M. Anderson (Barbara) of Glen St. Mary, Fla.; sister Carol J. Nita Thompson (Whitney) of Jacksonville; and numerous grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews and other extended family members. A private memorial service will be held for family and close friends at 7 p.m. on Aug. 12 at Community Hospice Earl B. Hadlow Center for Caring at 4266 Sunbeam Road. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Aug. 3, 2014
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