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Charles Edward Anderson

November 23, 1936June 27, 2020

Charles Edward “Andy” Anderson went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on June 27, 2020. He was born November 23, 1936 in Breckenridge County Kentucky. After graduating from Caneyville, High School in 1955 he enlisted in the United States Navy. Andy served in the Navy for 22-1/2 years. He climbed the ranks from Seaman Recruit (E1) to Lt. Commander (O4) and served on the USS Fort Snelling LSD-30, USS Northampton CC-1, USS LaSalle LPD-3, USS Seattle AOE-3 and USS Roanoke AOR-7. Andy was a veteran of the Cuban Missile Crisis, The Six Day War, the Vietnam War along with many other duties and missions that protect America’s freedom.

Andy was active in The Gideon’s International for over 35 years. He regularly spoke in churches, served local pastors, distributed bibles around the world and held various local and statewide leadership roles along with his wife Dixie.

Andy is survived by his wife of sixty years, Dixie Elaine Hornback Anderson, children David (Dana), Karen (John) and Timothy (Pamela); grandchildren Lara (Curtis), Jordan (Will), Gabriel (Sarah), Hannah (Austin), Michelle, Jennifer (Joshua ), and Holly; great grandchildren Kristyn, Madisyn, Charles, Theodore, Maximus; brothers John, Marvin; sisters, Barbara, Sandra and Reba. His father, Joseph Ezra Anderson, his mother, Sadie Ellen Laslie Anderson, and his sister Betty Ann Schumacker preceded him in death.

Andy will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia with full military honors at a date to be determined. There will also be a memorial at a future date. In lieu flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memoriam to The Gideon’s International. Every five dollars will place a bible somewhere in the world in his memory. Donations can be made here: https://www.gideons.org/donate or you can send the family a card with your donation here: https://www.sendtheword.org Please address the card to Morgan West Gideons. P.O. Box 5111, Decatur AL, 35601

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walter jensen

July 8, 2020

Andy was still on the Snelling when I went aboard in Jan.1959. My first ship out of Boot Camp. I can't say that I knew him then but I am sure our paths crossed once or twice .
Our next meeting was at my first reunion. I immediately felt like I had known him all along .
He and Dixie welcomed all of us like family and at the end of the reunion we always received one of those small bibles. I have a few still. Once in a while i pass one on which is what Andy would've wanted .
I know that Andy will be missed by all of us Gators. I was so glad that he attended the dedication of our ships memorial at the Fort Snelling National cemetery .

Charles Ritzel

July 7, 2020

A truly Great Shipmate. We served together In Qui Nhon, Vietnam I have nothing but fond memories of his service to our country and our unit. God bless you brother, rest in peace. Chuck Ritzel, Captain (SC) USN Ret.

Robert & Kathleen Bergant

July 2, 2020

Dear Dixie & family,

We are so saddened to learn of Andy’s passing. He was a true gentleman, always pleasant and polite. He will be remembered as a proud Navy veteran, dedicated webmaster, and initiator behind the monument honoring USS Fort Snelling veterans.

Our deepest condolences,
Robert & Kathy

Mary Jane Henderson

June 30, 2020

Dear Dixie & family, I was very saddened to hear of Andy’s home-going; for those left behind who will miss him greatly but not for him as it was very clear where his Home was. I have sweet memories of coming up to Decatur to see “Mammles & Papples” ...the names a young Leah called y’all as “adopted grandparents”. The first time we saw you in Alabama was in your former house in Sept for a shrimp boil...my first. The visits to your current home were always pleasant & always included wonderful meals. I held a newborn Holly on the sofa-many years ago! I will miss Andy. With love, Mary Jane Henderson (Bob, Andrew/& Jena, and Leah/& River)

Frank Cuccaro

June 30, 2020

Dear Dixie and Family,
We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Andy was a shipmate, a friend and a wonder man.
At our 2017 Minnesota reunion on a bus tour of the Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Andy started asking our tour guide John (the director of the cemetery) how do we go about getting a monument for our ship and the rest is history. 2019 was our dedication and unveiling of the Uss Fort Snelling LSD-30 Monument.Thank You Andy and Shipmates / Family Group.
Andy will be added to our deceased F.S. shipmates list and will be remembered fondly at every Fort Snelling reunion.
We will miss him,
Frank & Mary Cuccaro


Larry Morris

June 29, 2020

My brother,Steve and I remolded their bathroom. It was so enjoyable! Andy sharing stories and Dixie making lunch. Good memories ❤️

Vann Morrow

June 29, 2020

He re-introduced me to Gideons and convinced me to join. He joked that if I couldn't make the meetings just be sure you pay your dues ! He later encouraged me to become a speaker and was my prayer partner at my first presentation . I began referring to him as " boss" . What I contributed to the Gideons program was a literal drop in the ocean to what Andy did. I looked at our last text correspondence on April 19
Me : I just paid my dues you can save the hallelujah
Andy : Hallelujah 📖📖📖🙏🙏🙏
I loved him and will miss him

DOMINIC ARCAMONA-GERAND

June 29, 2020

Dixie,
I am so sorry for your lose, my prays go to you.
Beside the fact that he was my shipmate, he was also a person
in my life that I will try to be like for the rest of my life and my children's lives.
Every Navy reunion that we attended together I always hope to see you and Anderson, it was important to me to see you.
Please come to our next reunion and continue he's work.

He will always be in my heart
Dominic

Robert Hottenstein

June 29, 2020

I believe Andy was 79 and he felt that someone younger needed to assume the duties of Treasurer of the USS Fort Snelling (LSD-30) group and he asked me if I would be interested. I said sure and soon I was picking everything up at his daughter's house in Richmond and as they say the rest is history. Andy advised me and taught me all the nuances of the job patiently and now we are changing banks and sending out monthly statements when needed. He will be sorely missed.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY