Donald Douglas Anderson Jr. of Winchester, Virginia passed this world for the other side on 11/11/2012. He was 86 years of age. Don was born April 27, 1926 in Newcastle Pennsylvania the son of the late Donald D. Anderson Sr. and Blanche Dix Anderson both of Winchester, Virginia. Don was preceded in death by his only daughter Donna Dawn Anderson Sims of Richmond, Virginia. Surviving him is his wife of nearly 63 years Selma Bowers Anderson along with two sons Mark D Anderson and his wife Cheryl and D. Scott Anderson and his wife Kay all of Winchester, Virginia. He had four grandchildren and 1 great grand child.
During the course of his life Don attended Handley High School and upon completing his course of studies immediately entered the armed forces of the United States Navy. He served during World War II as a radio operator on LST’S and the cruiser Miami. After returning from war Don worked and retired after 36 years from Allegheny Power. Being spirited and able to continue working after retirement he began employment for Shenandoah University with their department of public safety where he enjoyed working for an additional 12 years.
During his life Don was affectionately know by his close friends as “Andy”. He enjoyed volunteering his time to the community having served the Boy Scouts of America for more than 25 years in capacities including Scout Master and Committee Member of Troop #3 sponsored by the Braddock Street United Methodist Church where he held membership for over 60 years. His church enjoyed his dedication to ushering for many years, being the president of his Sunday school class and serving as an official board member of the church. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1283 since 1983. He had been a faithful blood donor to the American Red Cross most of his adult life. He was also a member of the Potomac Edison Forerunners Club.
Don was a dedicated member from 1952 to present of the Winchester Hiram Masonic Lodge #21 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. He served as the Worshipful Master of Winchester Hiram Masonic lodge #21 in 1973. He was bestowed honorary membership by his brethren after 50 years of service. Don enjoyed Blue Lodge Masonry, but also enjoyed Masonic affiliations with other appendant bodies in masonry. He was a Master of the Royal Secret of the 32nd degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of the Consistory in the Valley of Alexandria. He was also a member of John Dove Chapter #21 of Royal Arch Masons in Winchester, VA. Over the years he had been a counselor with the Order of DeMolay and with the Order of Job’s Daughters. He was recently presented a certificate and pin for 60 years of service to the Masonic craft.
The family will accept visitors at the Jones Funeral Home on Pleasant Valley Road in Winchester, VA between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM on Friday 11/16/2012 honoring Dons wishes by having a Masonic funeral service at 7:30 PM, following which will be a life review where family and friends will have an opportunity to view a visual slide presentation and speak. Funeral services will be on Saturday 11/17/2012 at 11:00 AM at the Jones Funeral Home officiated by Kirk Nave and Sara Pugh both of Braddock Street United Methodist Church.
Prior to his passing Don requested his close friends serve as Pallbearers which include, Skeeter Knee, Richard Burcham, Rick Frye, Tom Pugh, John Hawse, Jim McFarland, Jack Lowe, and Gene Bennett.
Private Interment with family will follow and conclude with a grave side moment in Mount Hebron Cemetery. A reception will be held at the Braddock Street United Methodist Church thereafter.
Memorial contributions may be made to CCAP, 112 North Kent Street, Winchester, VA 22601