Grover Cleveland "Andy" Anderson, 67 - Spencer

Grover Cleveland "Andy" Anderson, 67, of Spencer, died Monday, September 10, 2007, in the Emergency Department of Roane General Hospital, Spencer.

He was born June 8, 1940, in Roane County, a son of Jaunita Anderson of Reedy and the late Paul O. Anderson.

Grover 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.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Sally Anderson; 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.

A funeral service will be conducted Saturday, September 15 at 1:00 p.m. in the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Michael F. "Mike" King officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 - 8 p.m. Friday and 9-1:00 Saturday. Burial with military graveside rites accorded by the United States Marine Corps will be in the Eventide Cemetery, Spencer.

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.