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SALUDA - Capt. John Gayle Anderton, 97, of Saluda, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011.
Mr. Anderton was born in Bohannon (Mathews) on Dec. 5, 1913, the son of Harry Elmore Anderton and Ora Maude White Anderton. Mr. Anderton has lived in Middlesex County for the past 65 years.
He attended Peninsula High School in Mathews and Pugsley Nautical Academy in New York.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Moore Anderton; his brother, Donald Anderton; and his sister, Dorothy Gayle.
Mr. Anderton is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Anderton of Tappahannock, and Bev Hardin and her husband, Tom of Stormont; two granddaughters, Bailey Anderton Hardin of Cambridge, Mass., and Molley Moore Hardin of Baltimore, Md.
Mr. Anderton was a merchant seaman for 16 years and a Captain during World War II where he served in the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea. He was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. Mr. Anderton left the sea and moved to Middlesex County in 1947 and became a dairy farmer.
Mr. Anderton was a past president of the Middlesex Ruritan Club, a Boy Scout Leader, a Past Master of Urbanna Masonic Lodge #83 and a member of the Royal Arch Chapter #59.
He served as chairman of the Middlesex County School Board for 10 years. He was a member of the former Centenary United Methodist Church and present member of Forest Chapel United Methodist Church.
He especially enjoyed traveling and fishing on his boat 'Soybean II,' and participating in Masonic Lodge activities.
He was president of Moore's Dairy Farm in Saluda and farmed into his late 80s, but his first love was always his family and the sea.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Saluda. Interment Middlesex Memorial Cemetery, Urbanna with Masonic Rites. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Riverside Walter Reed Hospice, PO Box 1130, Gloucester, VA 23061, the Central Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad, PO Box 790, Urbanna, VA 23175 or a . View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in Daily Press from Oct. 19 to Oct. 20, 2011
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