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James Grant Anderson


1933 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
December 6, 1933 - October 2, 2015 Redlands California native Reverend James Grant Anderson has passed away due to heart failure. He was 81. He was born in Redlands Community Hospital to Stell and Bertha Anderson on December 6, 1933. He had two older brothers, Stuart and Charles, and one younger sister, Betty. Raised in Redlands, he attended Redlands High School, San Bernardino Vally Union Junior College and the University of Redlands. From 1955 - 1957 he served in the Navy in Hawaii, returning to Southern California to begin a teaching career. Brought into the Methodist church in Redlands as a youth by Reverend Frank Butterworth through the youth program at Grace Church (now University UMC), he would become one of a group of young men influenced by Butterworth who would eventually enter the ministry. He would go on to serve four churches in Hawaii at Honolua, Lahaina, Aiea and Wesley Church in Honolulu for a period of 14 years. Returning to Southern California he would serve congregations in Blythe, Glendale and San Gabriel. During this time he began a longstanding relationship with Habitat for Humanity. Preceding his entry into the ministry he attended Claremont School of Theology where he married Margret Morton. They had one son, Eric. He retired from the ministry in 1999, remaining in Glendale for an additional 14 years. In 2013 he returned to reside in Redlands where he continued his teaching of bible study classes at First United Methodist Church. He is survived by his son Eric, a number of greatly loved nieces, nephews and cousins, and a host of friends from the various churches he served. A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church Glendale on Wednesday, October 28 at 11:00 am. Additionally, a separate service will be held at Plymouth Village in Redlands for the residents of Plymouth Village and the surrounding Redlands community on October 14 at 3:30 pm. Memorials may be made to the Jim Anderson Scholarship Fund at Claremont School of Theology, 1325 North College Street, Claremont 91711 or to Glendale FUMC Foundation, 134 North Kenwood Street, Glendale, CA 91206.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 10 to Oct. 11, 2015
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