John Alvar "Jack" Anderson, Jr., 78, of Williamsburg, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, brother and friend, passed to eternal life peacefully at home after a strong fought battle against cancer, surrounded by his loving family Saturday, December 28, 2013.
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He was an inspiration to his 11 children (Teresa, John III, Perry, David, Trudy, John Joseph, Rich, Gene, Shirley, Mary, and Patrick), 22 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren who were the sunshine of his life. He also grew up with five sisters and three brothers. Jack was a man of many talents. He served in the Army as a PFC and an active member of the American Legion Post 504. For many years he was a coast-to-coast produce truck driver. He retired from IBEW Local Union 71 as a journeyman lineman.
Jack will be remembered for his unconditional love and support for his family, his passion for the game of golf (and a master at "sculling the ball"), for being an avid sports fan and coaching little league and his enthusiasm for NASCAR and stock car racing. He enjoyed "Honky Tonkin,'" story-telling, drinking beer and traveling to visit family around the country. He had an enormous heart and lived, loved and laughed often, more than anyone his family is aware of, but loved and adored no one more than his wife, Shirley, to whom he was married for 50 years.
He taught his children to love themselves and to stand tall and proud. Pop-pop's grandchildren were "crazy about their Pop-pop" and he taught them that they are the lights that brighten this world. Everyone that met him knew that they were in the presence of a rare and genuine man. He was a man of immense faith and love for the Lord and was thankful for everyone and everything in his life and we are certain that he was right when he said "Jesus loves me!"
Culberson Funeral Home, Hagerstown, is in charge of arrangements.
A celebration of life service is 10 a.m. Friday at Union Chapel, 3909 W. 950 S. Williamsburg. Online condolences and memories may be expressed at http://jackanderson.last-memories.com or at www.culbersonfh.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in honor of his memory to the
or your local American Legion.
Published in the Winchester News-Gazette on Jan. 1, 2014