Funeral services are scheduled Saturday at 1 p.m. in the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, for law enforcement officer Grover C. "Andy" Anderson.

Anderson, who was a current officer with the Spencer Police Department, was killed Monday evening in a single-vehicle accident on Ripley Road, US 33 west of Spencer.

Rev. Michael F. "Mike" King will officiate the service. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Burial with military graveside rites will be accorded by the United States Marine Corps. Burial will be in the Eventide Cemetery.

Anderson's van went into a ditch, turning on its side, according to Trooper P.S. Fisher. The Spencer-Roane VFD used extraction equipment to remove him from the vehicle.

Authorities indicated the officer could have had a heart attack. He was enroute to work for the Spencer department.

Anderson spent 19 years in the Marine Corps before he became a police officer, first with the Roane County Sheriff's Dept. and later with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

Calhoun Sheriff Carl Ballengee said Anderson had just taught a concealed weapons class in Grantsville this past week. "He was a very responsible person, completing all the paper work for the students," he said.

"Grover was a highly-respected man and law enforcement officer," Ballengee said.

"He spent 50 years in some type of uniform," said Spencer Police Chief Gary Williams. "Grover was a tremendous asset and his years of experience and guidance will be truly missed."

He was a retired Gunnery Sergeant, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, with 20 years of service, during which he served two tours of duty in Vietnam.

He was awarded, among many accolades, the Navy Cross and two Purple Hearts for his meritorious service. He had worked as Chief Deputy for the Roane County Sheriff's Department and retired as Captain for the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

He was currently serving in the City of Spencer Police Department.

He had a combined total of 27 years of service in law enforcement in West Virginia.

In November 1982, Grover voluntarily attended the West Virginia State Police Academy and graduated in January 1983 as the "Outstanding Officer" in his class by vote of the majority of his peers.

He was an active member of the Marine Corps League and the Roane County Gun Club. He was a member of and certified range instructor for the NRA, qualifying officers and private citizens in Roane and surrounding counties.

Grover was a born-again Christian and attended Spencer Baptist Temple and Faith Baptist Church, Spencer.

He was preceded in death by his father, Paul O. Anderson.

He is survived by his wife, Sally Anderson; his mother, Juanita Anderson of Reedy; his children, Sandra Johnson, Stephen Anderson, and Fred Hammack, all of Spencer, and Richard Griffin of Calhoun County, and one adopted son, Justin Griffin Anderson, at home; one sister, Jessie P. Justice of Spencer, brothers, Kenneth Anderson of Spencer, Ray Anderson and David Anderson, both of Ripley, and Michael Anderson of Reedy; grandchildren, Ricky Griffin, Dakota Johnson, Shyann Anderson, Corie Nicholson, Tyler and Dylan Hammack, and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to "Helping Students" Fund, c/o Roane County High School, One Raider Way, Spencer, WV 25276 or to Faith Baptist Church, 197 Oak Drive, Spencer, WV 25276.