Alan Anderson Sr. might not have met his wife, Elizabeth, if it hadn't been for a mutual friend.
The couple were introduced in 1940 at the Roosevelt Ball at the Warrenton High School gymnasium.
"I hesitated about going," Mrs. Anderson said. "This young man ... told me I might meet my future husband."
He was right.
The couple married in 1944 after Mr. Anderson returned from service in Italy with the U.S. Army Signal Corps.
Mrs. Anderson remembers her husband as a strong-willed person.
"He had an eagerness to complete his goals," Mrs. Anderson said. "If (he) started building something he saw it through."
Mr. Anderson's drive created two businesses - a concrete block plant in 1946 and Anderson Cleaners a year later. His wife said he also was successful in his personal life.
"He was very interested in the outdoors," Mrs. Anderson said. "He was a hunter and a fisherman."
Mr. Anderson, 85, died Thursday at University Hospital. His funeral was Saturday.
A native of Warrenton, he was a veteran of World War II, serving in North Africa, Italy and England. He retired from the Civil Service at Fort Gordon in 1971.
He was a member of Warrenton First United Methodist Church, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mr. Anderson is also survived by two sons, John Wicker Anderson of Augusta and William Alan Anderson Jr. of Martinez; a daughter, Laura Anderson Shearer of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
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