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William W. Anderson


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William W. Anderson Obituary
POQUOSON - Sailor, scholar, professor, family man, and gentleman, Bill Anderson died March 31, 2016. Born March 21, 1938, to Van Buren and Ann Stacy Anderson in Baltimore, MD, Bill grew up in Poquoson. A 1971 doctoral graduate of UVA, he taught literacy education for 30 years at Shippensburg Univ., UVA, and Nova Southeastern Univ. With twenty-three years of active and reserve Navy service, he served on destroyer USS BORIE during 1962 Cuban missile crisis, and retired as Commander in 1998. Bill had an upbeat, joyful spirit, a love of learning and language, especially stories, puns, and jokes. A kind, courageous man, a champion of the underdog, he had a passion for peace, justice, and equality. He endeared himself to others. Bill is survived by his wife, Ann Fordham; daughter, Kathleen Zimmerman; sons, William Jr., Douglas, and James Anderson, and Benjamin and Andrew Fordham; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; siblings, John F. Hunt III, Gerald L. Hunt, Carol Derby, Van Smith, and Debra Sterling; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Predeceasing him were his parents, step-father, Dr. John F. Hunt Jr., & sister, Leslie Hunt. Bill had memberships in Tabernacle United Methodist Church in Poquoson, and First United Church of Christ in Hampton. Visitation will be Saturday, April 16th, 10:30-11:30 AM, with the Memorial Service at 11:30 AM at First United Church of Christ by Rev. Lisa Gaul. A reception will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to either church. Condolences to claytorrollins.com . Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, is assisting. "Appreciation to his personal aides and York Convalescent Center for their compassionate care."
Published in Daily Press on Apr. 13, 2016
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