Might 26, 1931-June 21, 2021
Maj. Roger Neal Anderson Sr. (USAF-Retired) manufactured his “final flight west” on Monday, June 21, 2021.
The son of the late Charlie Neal Anderson and Mabel Jennie Wallis of Searcy, Roger was pre-deceased by his wife of 67 decades, Virginia Gayle Smith Anderson, and his son-in-legislation, Stephen Wilson Carriker of Locust, N.C.
He is survived by his daughter, Lynn Gayle Anderson Carriker of Locust, N.C. his son, Roger Neal “Andy” Anderson Jr. (Lori) of San Marcos, Texas and his son, Lee Sanford Anderson (Nicole) of Goose Creek, S.C.
Roger is also survived by his grandchildren, Allison Anderson Vandenberg (Matthew) of Austin, Texas, Jeremy Brett Anderson (Holly) of Derby, Kan., Jason Kyle Anderson (Kimberley) of Mulvane, Kan., Trevor Blake Anderson (Ashley) of Fort Really worth, Texas, Trentin Joseph Anderson of Memphis, Tenn., and Sydney Appreciate Anderson of Provo, Utah. In addition, Roger had six great-grandchildren.
His willingness to stand up for other folks was a crucial component of his identity and was just 1 rationale Roger was elected University student Overall body president of Searcy Higher School’s Class of 1949.
After a brief stint at the University of Arkansas, Roger “produced the most effective conclusion of his everyday living” to enlist in the United States Air Pressure, where by he was properly trained as a Control Tower Operator.
Producing the bounce from “Buck Sergeant” to Aviation Cadet, Roger earned his Officer’s Commission and USAF Pilot wings in 1954.
During his career, Maj. Anderson flew 13 unique models of mounted-wing plane and helicopters, accumulating much more than 3,200 several hours of flight time.
Furthermore, Maj. Anderson’s armed forces honors include things like the Bronze Star and Air Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters.
His duty stations integrated assignments in Nebraska, Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Japan, Michigan, Da Nang, Vietnam (1965-1966), California and Georgia.
Next his 20-calendar year vocation in the Air Pressure, now-retired Maj. Anderson embarked on a 2nd occupation at Belton-Honea Path Large University in South Carolina as an teacher with Air Power Junior ROTC Unit SC-072 for 23 many years.
This was where by “The Main” discovered his accurate contacting as an educator. As the unit’s motto proclaimed, Maj. Anderson and his fellow instructors were “Setting up Improved Citizens.”
His “indomitable will” allowed him to prevail above lifelong dyslexia to make a Bachelor of Business enterprise Administration degree from Georgia School and a master’s diploma in Instruction from Clemson College.
Educating hundreds of cadets for extra than two a long time, he produced a genuine variance training a minimal bit of anything in his classes: standard hygiene concepts ideas of honor, integrity and character navy bearing esprit de corps and in the end, how cadets done them selves during right away area excursions when representing their mom and dad, university and group.
During his tenure at B-HP, Maj. Anderson was named “Fantastic Instructor by HQ AFJROTC” 5 instances. Furthermore, SC-072 was specified a “Meritorious Unit” 5 moments and “Honor Device” 16 situations, a complete of 21 awards in 23 many years!
Most gratifying to Maj. Anderson had been his previous cadets who counted him as a sizeable function product through their formative decades, routinely being in get hold of with him as they labored challenging, enjoyed accomplishment and lifted robust people.
Roger also loved serving the Lord in both equally the Episcopalian and Anglican Churches in several volunteer capacities. A guy of excellent faith, one of his most loved expressions in his remaining months was: “God is excellent!”
A burial assistance for Maj. Anderson will be conducted with Military Honors at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, 2021. He will be laid to rest up coming to his mom and dad in the Anderson loved ones plot at Oak Grove Cemetery in Searcy.
Published in The Each day Citizen on Jul. 2, 2021.