|Birth: ||Sep. 3, 1929|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Jun. 23, 2009|
South Carolina, USA
Lt Col(Ret) George Byars "Buck" Anderson Sr. passed away peacefully in his sleep the morning of June 23, 2009. He was born in Chester and lived away for 40 yrs but returned to the town and home he loved. In a world of constant change, he died in the same bedroom he was born in. He was predeceased by his parents, Joe Emory Anderson and Ruby Ruth Byars and his brother Dr. James T. "Crack" Anderson all also of Chester.
He was a soldier first as a reserve officer after graduation from Clemson A&M College in 1951 and then in the US Army for 23 yrs where he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He served in wars in Korea and Vietnam and as a military advisor in Thailand.
Lt. Col. Anderson proudly served with units of the 180th infantry, 45th Division(Japan & Korea);101st Airborne Infantry Division; 8th Division Artillery, 505th Regiment, 82nd Airborne; US Army Alaska;3rd Missile Battalion;4th Army, 8th Division(Germany); as adviser to the Army Reserve (RockHIll, York & Lancaster) and assistant professor of military science(Auburn University). His favorite post was as commander for the 3rd Battalion of the 13th Field Artillery(Hawaii) which included cannon salutes to three US Presidents.
Lt Col Anderson was awarded the Bronze Star(two oak leaf clusters), including one for the rescue of two wounded soldiers, carrying them to a waiting helicopter while crossing open terrain under heavy enemy fire. He also received the Army Commendation Medal(one oak leaf cluster) the Meritorious Service Medal(one oak leaf cluster) and numerous campaign medals and meritorious service citations. He was always recognized for outstanding devotion to duty, using the best of his talents and bringing those qualities out of everyone under his command.
He loved the town and its people,working first twith the Chester Building and Loan(later First Federal then BB&T and thereafter in real estate. He was a tireless volunteer, past president of the Lions Club and the Civitans and a longtime member of the VFW and Am Legion. Lt Col Anderson was a loyal member of First Baptist Church and the Ben Plyler Sunday School class. Nothing pleased him more than to have members of his family together for a meal, an offer extended to many friends and no one more than Jim "Mullethead" Day his lifelong best friend.
Anderson is survived by his wife of 53 yrs, Nancy Collins Anderson; his three sons, Richard Wyman Anderson(Elizabeth, Collin and Leah), Robert Emory Anderson(Barbara, David, Denny and their children) and George Byars Anderson Jr (Lisa, Zachary and Ashley) and his brother Col(Ret) Joe Emory Anderson, Jr and his wife Connie of Montgomery, Alabama; and nieces and nephews.
His service was held at 11:00 Am at First Baptist Church, Chester SC. Musicians were Organist, Missy Hartis and Harpist, Siobghan McLaughlin, Minster was Rev Clay Waldrip. Speakers were Mr. Robert Anderson and Mr Joel W. Collins
The Us Army Honor Guard from Fort Jackson SC conducted full military honors on the lawn of the church. Military Detail included Flag Presentation, Firing Team and Taps
The family requests that any memorials please be made to the Building Fund of Chester First Baptist Churc. Pllard Funeral Home served the family.
Plot: Not known
Created by: Corky
Record added: Aug 03, 2009
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