James Lofton Anderson , 71, passed away peacefully on October 17, 2013 at North Cypress Medical Center in Houston, Texas. He was born on December 1, 1941 in the small East Texas community of Fellowship to Lofton and Bernice Anderson. Known as Sonny to his family, he attended grade schools in Fellowship, Paxton and Tenaha. In 1952, the family moved to Metropolis, Illinois, where he graduated from high school in 1959. He started attending the University of Texas
at Austin in 1959 and graduated there in 1964 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. James began working for BJ Hughes, later BJ Services, as a chemical engineer in 1964 and was employed there for close to 44 years. With this company, he worked primarily in Arlington, Texas before moving to Houston in 1987, where he lived through retirement. His job allowed him to travel extensively around the world, working in such foreign locales as Russia, China, Japan, Ivory Coast and many countries in Europe and South America. He was married in 1970 to his loving wife, Donna and they enjoyed 43 ½ years together. Among his personal hobbies and interests were taking baseball trips with his son every summer, collecting Olympic hat pins, enjoying weekly lunches with his sisters, spending time with his mother, eating at his favorite restaurants with the ROMEO lunch group and BJ Retiree lunch bunch, being a Houston Northwest Delta Gamma Alumnae Chapter Anchorman and avidly cheering on the University of Texas football team. Special longtime friends include Dick Nelson, Phil Roberts, Charles Smith and Hody Wu. He made lifetime friends wherever he went in the world and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He is preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Jesse and Dolly Hooper and paternal grandparents, Rev. E. B. and Fannie Anderson; parents, Lofton and Bernice Anderson; aunt, Nannie Hill Oates and uncle, Sam P. Hooper; and great nephew, Cameron Tankersley.
He is survived by his wife, Donna Anderson of Houston; son, Brad Anderson of Houston; sisters, Mary Ann Brown of Houston; Judy Thompson & husband, Don of Houston; Nancy Reed & husband, Lowell of Houston; and Fairy Oliver & husband, John of Joaquin; aunt, Mary Beth Hooper of Tenaha; nieces and nephews, Libby Brown of Carson City, Nevada; Chris Brown of Boise, Idaho; John Carlson & wife, Tapestri of Round Rock; Bryan Thompson of Austin; and Holly Thompson of Spring; great nieces and nephews, Valerie Carlson & Brody Carlson of Round Rock and Joseph Gallo of Carson City, Nevada; brother-in-law: James Credille III & wife, Tanna of Dallas.
Jim's family will receive guests at a visitation held on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Klein Funeral Home, Klein, Texas. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 11:30 AM at Lakewood United Methodist Church, 11330 Louetta Road, Houston, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim's honor to Houston Delta Gamma Foundation (a foundation benefiting people who are blind or visually impaired), P. O. Box 130871, Houston, TX 77219-0871 or a