Monte Vista Funeral Home & Memorial Park

1900 E. Oakland Ave, Johnson City, TN


David Neal Anderson

October 30, 1946June 25, 2020

An eternal optimist, a lover of life, a graceful sufferer…

David, born 30 October 1946 in Madisonville, TX and a relatively recent resident of Unicoi, TN, was a man of the world. His work in oil & gas and power plant construction took him to various states in the US, as well as countries in Asia, South America, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Australia and Canada. He began working construction as a pipe fitter at age 16, and advanced his career to construction project manager.

Breaks in his construction career came as he proudly served his country in Special Forces in Vietnam, as he started his own business in heavy equipment rentals, and as he worked for a time as a stockbroker. David was a quiet hero who never heralded his military service or bragged about his good deeds in many communities in which he worked. Anyone in uniform-uniformed service members, firefighters, police and EMS – who had his/her check anonymously paid at restaurants across the country, in airports, and on duty abroad may likely thank David for their meal. Regardless the number at the table, he always anonymously picked up their checks. He also performed community service in many countries in which he worked, renovating and providing maintenance for orphanages and medical facilities, and sharing his skills with the local populace.

Honesty, integrity and plain dealing marked David’s life. He never quenched his thirst for learning, and achieved his bachelor’s degree at age 71. He was a proud patriot who valued his Country’s ideals and achievements.

David died in his home on Thursday, 25 June. During the initial course of his cancer treatment, he continued to work a project in Big Springs, TX, until he was no longer physically able to supervise the retrofit construction. Surviving David are his brothers, Bruce Anderson, of Mobile, AL, Rick Anderson, of Spring, TX, and Mike Thompson, of Friendswood, TX, and his sister, Cindy Safar, of New Orleans, LA. He also leaves behind his wife, Cheryl, his step children, Isaiah Weis and Cecilia Morse-Weis, and his beloved granddaughter, Ella Machac, who brought him joy and smiles even during his final day’s struggle.

A Funeral Mass will be held for David Tuesday, 30 June, at 10:30 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Dustin Collins officiating. Committal Service and Interment will follow in the Catholic Garden at Monte Vista Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Salvation Army, 204 W Walnut Street, Johnson City, TN 37601; Special Operations Warrior Foundation, PO Box 89367, Tampa, FL 33689; or to Shriners, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

Arrangements especially for Mr. David Neal Anderson and his family have been made through Monte Vista Funeral Home & Memorial Park, 1900 E. Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, TN; 423-282-2631.


  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

  • Committal Service & Interment

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020


David Neal Anderson

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Cheryl Morse-Anderson

June 28, 2020

Marvin Neel suggested that I share these stories about David:

We were at Chili's in Bastrop, TX when David spotted a WWII vet with his wife and another couple. Of course, David picked up the check for the group anonymously. Well, when the irascible old gent tried to pay his bill and found someone had already done so, he started demanding to know who and why. He said he would not leave Chili's until he found out, so the exasperated waitress pointed to David. The group approached; David stood. The old guy asked why David paid his bill. David said, "I noticed your cap, and I just wanted to honor and thank you for your service." The man and his wife were overcome and started crying. The man said, "No one has ever thanked me for my service." David made a difference in their lives that day, and in my life, too.

David almost died four years ago from septicemia, and I have come to believe that the good Lord kept him alive so he could meet Ella. They had a special relationship, and her presence filled David with joy and exuberance. He took great care of Ella, and then when he needed it, she took great care of him. The home health ladies called her "baby doc" because she always wanted to help take his temp, blood pressure, and when he was covered in crusted sores from one of the cancer drugs, she helped clean his lesions with baby shampoo and then dressed them with Vaseline. She was always ready with soothing words, hugs and kisses. On David's last day with us, Ella was present. She came downstairs and saw David laboring to breathe. She was worried about her Pop. She was told Pop was really sick. She walked over to the root table and picked up the icon of Jesus and carried over to Pop, placing it in front of his face so he could see it. She said, "Jesus is looking at you". You could see the smile in his eyes. She said, "I love you, Pop" and waved a little goodbye to him. He left us a short time later.

Al Marzook

June 27, 2020

You always in my heart.

Leslie Frazier

June 27, 2020

I met David 41 years ago when we were both on the same job -we made lots of wonderful memories in those years together in WV and then in Florida. I took a memorable road trip to his Mom’s wedding from Florida to Texas on my 22nd birthday. We didn’t see each other again for almost 20 years -his job took him to CA where I was visiting my sister - another 15+ years would pass again before I saw him several months ago
No matter where he was in the world, we always stayed in touch all these years via phone, emails and text messages
I was fortunate to meet his wonderful family
I will miss his infectious laughter and his sense of humor -already things happen that I wish I could share with him
I will always love my wonderful friend❤️

Marvin Neel

June 27, 2020

Laura Comeaux

June 27, 2020

What a priviledge to have known you and Cheryl even for a short time. You are an amazing man who has a great zest for life and love for your family. What a wonderful life and memories for everyone you met. Prayers for you Cheryl and your family.

Raymond Norregaard

June 26, 2020

Raymond Norregaard

June 26, 2020

Best friend and mentor anyone can ever have - Rest In Peace David

Asma Marzook

June 26, 2020

You always be in our heart, God bless you David my good friend

Zoë Jackson

June 26, 2020

I remember first meeting David in the kitchen in his home in Texas - he was always so funny and welcoming. I had heard many stories about him and when I finally met him, it was a pleasant surprise to learn how kind and gentle he was. I loved how he had a big soft spot for Ruby. I am so thankful to have known David for the past 8 years and to have been able to get to know him in the small but life changing way that I did. I’m especially grateful for being able to tag along to North Carolina, hear his stories and knowledge from the backseat of Cheryl’s car and from across the dinner table, and most importantly watch him play and talk with Ella. He is a great man and I will forever cherish the memories I’ve made with him and his sweet family. Thankful for his life and his impact. ❤️

Gwen Jarvis Pilgreen

June 26, 2020

Cheryl and family, I was so sad to hear David had passed away. I've known David since the early 1960s. His accomplishments in life & humanitarian efforts to care for others are a great legacy. My prayers are with all of you.

Rest in peace David,
Gwen Jarvis Pilgreen