|Birth: ||Sep. 14, 1920|
|Death: ||Oct. 31, 2006|
Christopher Mayo 'Andy' Anderson was born September 14, 1920 to Christopher A. Anderson and Francis Roberta Bressie Anderson, in Perry, Oklahoma. He died at his Oklahoma City home at 6:05 A.M, Tuesday, October 31, 2006, of kidney failure. Mr. Anderson is survived by his wife of 52 years, Coeina of the home; son, Robert M. Anderson of Ski Island, a daughter, Diann Anderson of Warr Acres, Oklahoma, a stepson, Jerry D. Bristow of Oklahoma City, a sister, Gloria Guinn of Security, Colorado, a brother, Rex B. Anderson of Houston, Texas, two Grandsons, the Reverend Christopher B. Anderson, Jr. of Carthidge, Missouri and James D. Anderson of Wichita, Kansas, two Granddaughters Kathy Reynolds and Wendy Shogren both of Wichita, Kansas, three step Granddaughters, Leesa Kniffen and Christina Bristow both of Oklahoma City and Kimberly Nelson of Moore, Oklahoma, 17 Great Grandchildren including Brian L. Bristow of the home whom Mr. Anderson raised, five great-great Grandchildren, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, his surrogate Mother, Mamie Oakie, step mother Irma Anderson, several cousins, aunts and uncles. Mr. Anderson entered the US Army in 1942. After basic training, he was transferred to Fort Lewis, Washington after having been selected for the Second Ranger Battalion, which was the predecessor to the current Green Beret. It was the Second Ranger Battalion that was the famous fighting force during the D-Day invasion, that gained fame by climbing the cliffs of Utah and Omaha beaches at Ponte Du Hoc, which not only inspired two block buster motion pictures 'The Longest Day,' and 'Saving Private Ryan,' but also a nation. On June 6, 1984, then President Ronald Reagan recognized the Rangers for their bravery during the invasion. As a result, Andy was eligible for several medals including two Bronze Stars. In 1954, Mr. Anderson married Coeina J. Hall, which resulted in the couple's only child together...Robert. In 1956, Mr. Anderson worked for Continental Oil Company in Ponca City, while training to become a stockbroker. That same year, he entered politics and ran for Mayor of Ponca City. He was narrowly defeated. The family was relocated to Oklahoma City in 1960, where three years later, Mr. Anderson formed the first stock brokerage firm in the history of South Oklahoma City, Combined Securities Corporation, which would later become Anderson-Bryant & Company, later to become one of the largest independent stock brokerage firms in the United States. Mr. Anderson would, for several years, be an activist for politicians and for legislative changes. After retiring from Anderson-Bryant in 1978, he operated International Ventures, which still today specializes in oil and real estate investments. In 1989, he and Coeina realized a long time dream by relocating to Pagosa Springs, Colorado. They moved back to Oklahoma City in September 2001 due to his declining health. Services will be held 10:00 AM Friday, November 3, 2006 the South Colonial Chapel under the direction of Vondel L. Smith & Son Mortuary. Committal services will be held 1:00 PM Monday, November 6, 2006 at Grace Memorial Chapel in Ponca City. Interment with military honors will follow at the Odd Fellows/I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Ponca City, under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel Funeral Home. Local viewing & visitation for Andy will be held 8:30 AM-9:00 PM Thursday at Vondel L. Smith & Son Mortuary and in Ponca City at Grace Memorial Chapel Funeral Home on Saturday, November 4th.
Published in The Oklahoman on 11/2/2006.
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Record added: Nov 02, 2006
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It has been a year since you left us. I think about you often, still seek your guidence, and talk to you often. I miss our political talks and our time together watching election returns.I miss you and love you, Daddy.|
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