In Memory

Woody Anders

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05/04/10 05:32 AM #1    

Wilson Valentine

Willard Woodrow "Woody" Anders Jr., 53, of Richmond, died Saturday, December 24, 2005, in a Richmond hospital. Born February 28, 1952, he was the son of the late Willard Woodrow Anders Sr. and Dorothy Skaggs Anders. Woody was a retired employee of the State of Virginia in Social Services, and an avid pianist and member of Local 123 of the American Federation of Musicians, Richmond Chapter, and was a past president of the West End Church Softball League. He attended the University of South Carolina and was a graduate of Lynchburg College. Surviving him are his aunts, Margaret Skaggs, Dublin, and Adele Ballard, Christiansburg, Virginia Anders, Bedford, and Guelda Skaggs, Roanoke; and several cousins and a host of friends. A private graveside service was held Tuesday, December 27, 2005, 11 a.m. at the New Dublin Presbyterian Church Cemetery, with the Rev. Susan Cyre officiating, and a memorial service will be held in Richmond on Friday, December 30, at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church at Cary and Locke Lane. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Arrangements by Thomas M. Seagle & Sons, Pulaski.

From Richmond Times Dispatch on December 29, 2005.

05/06/10 12:57 PM #2    

Barbara Watson (Paille)

Woody was my longtime next door neighbor on W. Franklin Street. It was good to be friends after we became adults, as we actually worked in similar fields for a time (social work and rehabilitation counseling). Later, I worked at the Virginia Eye Institute, and Woody's jazz combo played for one of our social events back in the 80's. He was indeed a talented musician.

I was in touch with Woody when his mother died in 2004 and he was so appreciative of my condolences. He seemed devastated by the loss of his mother; certainly it is a difficult experience for all of us. My brother saw Woody's obituary in the newspaper and told me about it, but I have no details.

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