Death of a Classmate - Joe Keller Anderson - 14th Co.

Joe Keller Anderson, 86, of Virginia Beach, VA, passed away on Monday, October 2, 2017, from complications of acute leukemia.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00p.m. on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at Galilee Episcopal Church. Rev. Patrick Bush will be officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, October 13, 2017, from 6:00p.m. until 8:00p.m., at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments, Inc., located at 2002 Laskin Road. Interment will follow the memorial service at the Galilee Memorial Columbarium. Funeral arrangements are being handled by H.D. Oliver.

Joe Anderson was born in Jacksonville, FL, on October 23, 1930. He graduated High School in 1949 from The Baylor School of Chattanooga, TN. He continued his education at Duke University for one year, and then he received his bachelor of science degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1954.

He met his wife, Alma Bell, on the Chattanooga Choo-Choo, and they were married on November 19, 1955. They were married 61 years.

Joe worked as a Sales Manager for Paxton Company for 16 years. Prior to his time at Paxton, Joe's first job after leaving the Navy was with Reynolds Metals in Richmond, VA. He then worked for 7 years with Aeroquip in Severna Park, MD, and Jackson, MI. He spent the next 3 years in the marine supply business which took him to Naperville, IL, Virginia Beach, VA, and Winston-Salem, NC.

Joe loved sports, playing golf, reading, an occasional cigar, and Naval Academy alumni gatherings. He was actively involved in his church as both a vestryman and lay minister.

Joe is survived by his wife, Alma Anderson, his daughter, Laura Jacobson (husband -Ron), his son, Alan Anderson (wife Denice), his grandson, Garrett Jacobson, and many beloved family and friends.

Joe was preceded in death by his father, Samuel M. Anderson, II, and mother, Hazel Evelyn Chapman.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Families of Autistic Children of Tidewater (F.A.C.T.) at 120 S. Lynnhaven Road, Suite 202, Virginia Beach, VA, 23452. Donations can also be made online at www.camp4autism.org by selecting "Donate" and designating "In Memory of Joe Anderson." Online condolences can be offered to the family at hdoliver.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Oct. 8, 2017

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