Stanley Judson “Judd” Anderson, 90, of the Hacker Valley/Cleveland community, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, February 5, surrounded by his loving family. He had been in his usual health until a choking accident the week before.
Judd was born in Lost Creek on February 22, 1930, the only child of the late Desper and Ella Maude (Jordan) Anderson. He was married to the love of his life, the late Amelia (Emme) Anderson of Edmonds, Washington, on December 31, 1951; they shared over 66 years of true partnership and marriage, until her passing on March 23, 2018 after many years of him caring for her at home.
Judd grew up in northern Webster County, attending several one-room schools on foot and then riding the bus to Webster Springs High School. He was part of the Class of 1948 but chose to enlist in the U.S. Army prior the Korean War, along with his buddies Laco Harrison and Junior Myers, instead of graduating. Following basic training, he was assigned to an administrative and clerical position at Fort Lawton, WA. It was while working there that he met Amelia on a blind date; they married on December 31, 1951, eventually returning to his West Virginia home where their two oldest children, Dusty and Mark, were born and where he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education at Glenville State College in 1955.
After teaching in the states of Washington and Ohio and the birth of their daughter Casey, Judd and Amelia and their young family returned to Jerry Run where they built their home and where their younger daughter Renee completed the family. In his professional life, Judd was a beloved teacher, social worker, professor, administrator, mentor, and leader. He held many different positions including traveling salesman, storekeeper, child welfare worker, teacher and principal at Hacker Valley Grade School, principal at Walkersville School, and Superintendent of Tucker and Webster County Schools.
Upon earning his Doctorate in Education Administration at WVU in 1974, he became known as Dr. Anderson to many, as Director of Student Teaching at Glenville State College and later at WVU-Parkersburg. In addition, he served as a member of the Army National Guard in Buckhannon in the 1970s and enjoyed woodworking, gardening and mowing, as the sight of a well-maintained yard brought him great satisfaction.
Upon retiring, Judd began another career as a community leader, grant writer, and all-round volunteer. He was the force behind the creation of the Holly River State Park Foundation and served as its first President for 17 years. Throughout his career and long retirement, Amelia remained his staunchest supporter, equal partner, and anchor. Judd was a life-long member and faithfully attended Jerry Run United Methodist Church which was located close to his home.
He is survived by four children, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren; Sons: Stanley J. “Dusty” (Renee) Anderson, Jr. and Mark Herman (Sue Mustain) Anderson; Daughters: Emelie Marie “Casey” (Kenneth) Chapman and Cynthia Renee (Brian) Dotson; Grandchildren: Kenna (Dr. Raymond) Leonard, RN; Dr. Emme (Mark) Jackson; Dr. Jonas (Emily) Anderson, Halley Anderson, Sydney Dotson (fiancé Richard Lednak), and Grace Dotson; Great-grandchildren: Reis Leonard, Kenzie Leonard, Ike Jackson, Ava Rose Jackson, and Evelyn Anderson, as well as his “adopted” family, Tish and Kim Lake and Pat Mollohan. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Betty Sue Emme, two nephews, a niece and their families in Washington state, and by several cousins on both the Jordan and Anderson sides. His faithful caregiver Marian Bender and good neighbor Lena Gunnoe were also like family to him. Judd did all the good he could in his long and productive life; he leaves behind much to remember him by, but it is the example of his life, his wit, and his love that endures in the hearts of his family and all who knew and loved him.
A socially distanced and masked walk-through-only visitation will be held from noon to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 13 at Jerry Run UM Church near Hacker Valley, followed by a graveside service with military honors at 2:30 p.m. at the Upshur Memorial Park in Tennerton, with Pastor Dave Bowen officiating. Plans will be made for a Celebration of Life at Holly River State Park at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Holly River State Park Foundation, PO Box 2, Hacker Valley, WV 26222.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.doddreedfh.com
Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs, is honored to be serving the Anderson family.