THE PARIS NEWS, handwritten date of 26 Mar 1958. 'W.H.P. (Will) Anderson, longtime Paris business man and public official, as well as a democratic party leader many years, died Wednesday at 6:40 a.m. in a Paris hospital. He had been ill some time at his home, 528 Pine Bluff St. He was currently justice of the peace for Place 2, Precinct 5 here.
Funeral service, Thursday at 3 p.m., will be held at Gene Roden & Sons chapel by the Rev. John Shuler of First Methodist Church, where Mr. Anderson was a steward many years and teacher of the Builders Class. Interment will be made in Evergreen Cemetery.
Besides his wife, the former Miss Frances Virginia Eversole, Mr. Anderson leaves these children: Hugh M. Anderson, Port Arthur; Mrs. Henry L. Graves and Mrs. Billie A. Chamberlain, Paris, and Mrs. W.B. Scott, Pass Christian, Miss., and 11 other descendants.
William Harvey Patton Anderson, son of Sam Pat and Marie (Terry) Anderson, born at Wade's Mill, Ky., 19 Oct 1874, had attended school in Arkansas where the family had moved. He also taught school there before coming to Texas in 1896. He taught in Lamar County rural schools after moving to Lamar County in 1902, and was bookkeeper for Paris Grocer Company from 1906 to 1910. From 1910 to 1940, he was president of the Paris Candy Company, a major manufacturing and distributing concern here. Subsequently he was desk sergeant of the Paris Police Department; office deputy for the Lamar County sheriff; issuing officer for the county's war food office, senior clerk in the Camp Maxey finance office and chief deputy in the county clerk's office. Since then, he had been in one or the other of the justice offices here. Mr. Anderson was Democratic chairman of Lamar County from 1930 to 1940, and a member of the Democratic state executive committee eight years under Governors James E. Ferguson and W. Lee O'Daniel, 1920-1924 and 1938-42, attending the national Democratic convention in San Francisco in 1920. Deputy food administrator for Lamar County in World War I, he was an air raid wardens instructor in World War II. He had been a Rotarian and was active in various civic affairs.'