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Gerald Dixon "Dopey" Anderson
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Birth: Dec. 24, 1920
Glasscock County
Texas, USA
Death: Apr. 20, 2007
Longview
Gregg County
Texas, USA

He was born in Glasscock County, Texas, to Laura McCoy Anderson and Chester Anderson.

He graduated from McMurry College, attending on a football scholarship.

From a biographical article entitled, "Gerald Anderson: Actor, Coach", published in the Longview Morning Journal, 22 August 1971:

"....It was at McMurry that he acquired the nickname, "Dopey" after being
knocked-out for two days in football practice. Liking the name, he used "Dopey Anderson" for a byline published in the school newspaper, "The War Whoop."
From the same article, "He was a fighter pilot in WWII. Speaking of his service, Anderson only says "Everybody who was able to fight went to war, and those who couldn't helped here at home."

Newspaper clippings saved by his mother tell of one particularly narrow
escape when his Grumman Hellcat went down in the Southwest Pacific and Anderson lost his life raft. With only a life belt holding him afloat, Anderson, then a Navy lieutenant, swam and floated more than five miles before reaching shore. He was able to keep surrounding sharks from making a meal of him, but he did sustain a serious eye injury in the incident."

After the war, he received his master's degree from North Texas State.

He resided in the Concord Community, where he raised cattle since 1953. He was of the Methodist faith.

Gerald was a retired English teacher and football coach, having taught at Spring Hill, Plains, Gilmer Junior High and Ore City High School.

He also directed one act plays. He also served as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot during World War II in the Pacific Theater. 
 
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 Parents:
  Chester Eugene Anderson (1881 - 1946)
  Laura Thelma McCoy Anderson (1897 - 1983)
 
 Spouse:
  Joyce Arnold Anderson (1926 - 2013)*
 
 Children:
  Mitchell Dixon Anderson (1952 - 2009)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Sunset Memorial Park
Gilmer
Upshur County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: Tricia the Spirit Chaser...
Record added: Apr 20, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 108818911
Gerald Dixon Dopey Anderson
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Gerald Dixon Dopey Anderson
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Gerald Dixon Dopey Anderson
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Rest in eternal peace.
- Lonestar
 Added: Jun. 5, 2016

- Tricia the Spirit Chaser🌺
 Added: Apr. 20, 2013
 
 
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