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Senior Chief William Francis Anderson, USN (Ret.)

Senior Chief William Francis Anderson, USN (Ret.)
  • July 4, 1925 - November 27, 2016
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Memorials may be made to
  • Bill Anderson Youth Scholarship Fund C/O Grace United Methodist Church
    1601 Sam Rittenberg Blvd
    Charleston, SC 29407
  • and/or
  • Lutheran Hospice
    1885 Rifle Range Rd #46
    Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

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“A man of Great Honor that always had a smile and kind words to share. I met him as Mr. Anderson when I became friends with his youngest daughter, Lyn...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Donna (Angel) Phoenix - Bonneau, SC

“Ms Alice, Steve and I are so sad to hear of Reverend Bill's passing, but so glad he is with Christ now. No more sadness, no more pain. Hold his...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Lana Beckley - Pickens, SC

“I will truly miss this lovely man. He was so kind to my husband during Erick's illness. I will forever think of him whenever I make pie. Love and...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Maureen Cook - Charleston, SC

“In loving memory of Rev Bill Anderson, a true example of a Godly man. He will be missed dearly by many, including us. ”
4 of 18 | Posted by: Chris and Tim Nelson - Hollywood, SC

“Rev. Bill will be greatly missed at Grace where he was inspiring to all of us. We knew he loved us all and told us with his smile, hugs and words...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Cathy Condon - Hollywood, SC

“Uncle Frank you are loved and will be missed!! ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: Linda Murphy - Murphy, NC

“Having been a member of Grace U.M. Church for eighteen years, Itoo feel,blessed for knowing Bill Anderson. I will always remembedhis smile and his...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Laura Brown - Herndon, VA

“We are thinking of your family today. We pray that God will bring comfort and peace to your hearts. We sure did love Mr Bill. What a pleasure to...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Tom and Becki Bausum - Camden, SC

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
9 of 18 | Posted by: J

“Words are not enough to express the loss of this man, husband, father, grandfather, and uncle. He loved all without any prejudices. His guidance and...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Carolyn Jackson Bell - Eatonton, GA

11 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Anderson family as they grieve the loss of this remarkable man. I am a better person to have known him and to...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Susan Lawson/Harrelson Charleston

“Leila Alice, we are so sorry for your lost. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We love you. Iris and Forrest Bouknight ”
13 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“We pray the love of God be with you during your difficult time and He helps you heal with the passage of time. Love and prayers! Carrie Lou & Mickey...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Carrie Lou & Mickey Green - SC

“RIP Uncle Frank. You were a wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers are with Aunt Lelia Alice and all the children. We love y'all.Kerry Winslette...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Kerry Chambers - Jasper, GA

“Prayers are with your family and. he was an amazing man He always had a smile and would help anyone He was a great family man fabulous father and...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Doty Magee - Bonneau, SC

“Fair winds and following seas, Master Chief. You've earned your rest. Godspeed! ”
17 of 18 | Posted by: James Baum - Roanoke, VA - Friend

“Rest In Peace, Dad Anderson. ”
18 of 18 | Posted by: Wayne Carter - Lancaster, SC

Senior Chief William Francis Anderson, USN (Ret.), 91, of Charleston, South Carolina, husband of Leila Alice Bouknight Anderson entered into eternal rest Sunday, November 27, 2016. His Funeral Service will be held Wednesday November 30, 2016 in Grace United Methodist Church, 1601 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow in Live Oak Memorial Gardens with military honors. The family will receive friends Tuesday in J. HENRY STUHR INC., WEST ASHLEY CHAPEL, 3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway from to 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. where a Masonic Service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

William was born July 4, 1925 in Jones County, Georgia, son of the late John Anderson and Sarah Anderson. He was a graduate of The Citadel Class of 1971. William was a U.S Navy veteran of WWII, Korea, Vietnam and retired from the Navy as a Senior Master Chief. Following active service he worked in Communications Security for U.S. Government. After his distinguished Naval career, he entered The Citadel and graduated in 1971. He served as the former Head Master of St. Andrews Baptist Church School, and was the founding Pastor of Edisto Island United Methodist Church. William was a member and retired associate pastor of Grace United Methodist Church and Dorchester Masonic Lodge # 369.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Leila Alice Anderson of Charleston, SC; four sons, James T. Anderson, Steve Anderson (Sharon), Gary Anderson (Debbie), and William A. Anderson (Amy); two daughters, Linda McDevitt (John), Sarah Lyn E. Coon (Blaine); daughter-in-law, Barbara Anderson; sixteen grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, William Anderson Jr., and daughter Alice Frances Anderson.

Memorials may be made to Bill Anderson Youth Scholarship Fund C/O Grace United Methodist Church, 1601 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston, SC 29407 and/or Lutheran Hospice, 1885 Rifle Range Rd #46, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464.

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3093 Ashley River Road Charleston, SC 29414
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