Jasper Lee (Jack) Anderson, 90, of Roanoke, Va., was called away from his loving family on Tuesday, October 19, 2010. Born in Virgie, Ky., he was the son of Marion and Garnet Anderson. He is survived by his daughter, Jacque Kitts and husband, Warren, of Roanoke, Va.; sons, Jimmie and wife, Pat, of Manakin-Sabot, Va., Ken and wife, Donna, of Augusta, Ga., and Kerry and wife, Kandi, of Mechanicsville, Va.; grandchildren, Dana Kitts Lane and husband, Jeff, Kelly Kitts Dooley and husband, Tim, Megan and Matthew Anderson, and Ross and Jeremy Anderson; step grandchildren, Heather, Chase, and Amanda Aldridge; and great-granddaughter, Noel Dooley. Mr. Anderson is also survived by two brothers, Frank and wife, Margie, and Raymond and wife, Joyce; and one sister, Pauline Loustenau; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 63 years, Anita Sykes Anderson; brother, George Anderson; and sister, Helen Anderson Turner.
Mr. Anderson enjoyed a diverse career over his lifetime, which included positions as a railroad brakeman, coal miner, and machinist until he retired in 1971. He was a proud member of the Greatest Generation, a decorated veteran of both World War II
and the Korean Conflict. assigned to the 8th Air Force where he contributed to more than 30 successful bombing missions over France & Germany. He remained in the USAF until 1961.
Mr. Anderson was always known for his keen sense of humor and as an outstanding story teller with a witty saying for any occasion. He was further known as kind-hearted with a special kindness for children. He led a long life full of friends, family, and accomplishments. His memory will be cherished.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to any Veteran's organization of their choice.
Funeral Services will be held 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 21, 2010, at Oakey's South Chapel with the Rev. C. Nelson Harris officiating. Entombment will follow in The Chapel of Light Mausoleum at Evergreen Burial Park. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20, 2010, at Oakey's South Chapel, 540-989-3131.