Justice C. Anderson, Th.D., retired professor of missions at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, known as "Uncle Justo" to friends and students worldwide, entered his eternal home Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. Funeral: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Agape Baptist Church. Interment: 4 p.m. in New Baden Cemetery, near Franklin. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Thompson's Harveson Cole. Memorials: Gifts in his memory may be given to CBF Global Missions, 2930 Flowers Road South, Suite 133, Atlanta, Ga. 30341; or Agape Baptist Church, 3954 Southwest Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76116. Dr. Anderson was born Feb. 13, 1929, in Bay City. He met the love of his life, Mary Ann Elmore, during their college years at Baylor University. He was ordained a minister at 19. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English literature and history at Baylor, while serving as a campus leader and ministerial student. He was a loyal Baylor alumnus, parent and sports fan. Dr. Anderson earned graduate degrees at Southwestern while pastoring churches in Stranger, Osage and Franklin. He served for 17 years in Argentina with the International Mission Board, planting churches, teaching at the International Baptist Seminary and holding key leadership roles. He returned to Southwestern in 1974, directing the World Missions Center for 20 years. He authored numerous academic publications in missiology and a series of books in Spanish and English. His major contribution was a history of the worldwide Baptist movement. On sabbatical leaves he taught and preached in Nigeria, Spain and Mexico City. He also lectured in Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Russia, Peru, Colombia and Canada. In retirement, Dr. Anderson taught at Dallas Baptist University, B.H. Carroll Theological Institute and Truett Seminary. He and his wife loved working with the Karen refugee community at Agape Baptist Church. Survivors: Wife of 63 years, Mary Ann; children, Sandi Phillips and husband, Thomas, Timothy Anderson and wife, Aurora Pulido, Brad Anderson and wife, Ann, and Suzie Person and husband, Kirk; grandchildren, David Lampert, Amy McAdams and husband, Rocky, John Lampert and wife, Kalyn, Erik and Jan Anderson Pulido, Elizabeth, Holley and Pryse Anderson, and Andrew, Emily and Austin Person; great-grandchildren, Brinley and Cason McAdams; and brother, Gene Anderson.
Published in Star-Telegram on Jan. 1, 2013.