Howard Leake Anderson

September 9, 1927February 19, 2021

Howard Leake Anderson of Agricola, Virginia, died February 19, 2021. Born on September 9, 1927, in New Orleans, he was the son of the late Dr. T.B.H. Anderson and Mabel Lane Anderson. Howard was preceded in death by his wonderful wife of 52 years, Pansye Franklin Anderson, his brother T.B.H. Anderson, Jr., and his sister Mary Sue Hundley.

Howard is survived by his sister Charlotte Anderson Stradford of Columbia, Missouri, his four daughters and sons-in-law Susan Gayle Anderson and husband Kim Kipling of Blacksburg (VA), Kelly Anderson Clark and husband Jeff Clark of Madison Heights (VA), Melissa Lane Anderson and husband Jim Brady of Ashburn (VA), and Stacey Anderson Glass and husband Randall Glass of Dover (NH); his 5 grandchildren and spouses Michael and Stacie Clark, Jacob and Emily Clark, Sean and Beth Clark, Katie Glass, and Megan Glass and Phillip Dennison; and 7 great grandchildren Madison Clark, McKynlee Clark, Adilyn Ward, Anderson Clark, Willow Clark, Charlotte Clark, and Alexander Glass.

This loving husband and father and devoted educator graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Wagner Memorial Lutheran College and a Master of Education degree from Lynchburg College. Howard began his career in the Amherst County public school system by teaching 6th and 7th grades, taught world history, and shared his love of science by teaching physics, chemistry, biology, and earth and space science. Howard was a faculty advisor to high school clubs and an assistant principal and principal to many, many students over the years. Howard’s daughters were taught by several of his former students.

Howard was an advisor to area Boy Scouts and a U.S. Army veteran.

After retiring in 1990, he continued to inspire students through his love of rockets and weather. He was an avid reader, a life-long learner, a gardener, a traveler, a woodworker and handyman, a lover of thunderstorms and kites and model trains and jigsaw puzzles. And he loved his family with all his heart.

He was the dad who sledded with you, played card games with you, helped you with your homework, came to your performances and graduations and honors, drove hours to fix your leaky faucet, changed out your old electrical receptacles, spent an entire weekend replacing your kitchen cabinets, made breadboxes and bird houses and Adirondack deck chairs for his adult children, made cradles and doll houses and toys for grandkids, and who probably came to rue the statement “Papa fix.”

He was the best dad a kid could ask for, and the best advisor and friend an adult daughter could hope for.

Papa will be hugely missed by all who knew him.

The family will receive visitors on Saturday, February 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Whitten Monelison Chapel in Madison Heights. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial contribution to your local hospice.


27 February

Open Visitation Hours

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Whitten Monelison Chapel

3966 S Amherst Hwy
Madison Heights, Virginia 24572


Howard Leake Anderson

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Eloise Preas

February 25, 2021

As a young educator, just beginning my teaching career, I remember Mr. Anderson as my first principal at Monelison Junior High School in the mid-seventies. In our lives there are defining moments determining what path we will take in our careers. There are events that forever change us. The moment we see the truth brought to light, we run for it, realizing that all we have ever known pales in comparison. As a principal, and science instructor, Mr. Anderson was truly one of the most supportive, caring and dedicated educators that I have had the privilege of knowing. He was a mentor and guide as I began my role as an Earth Science teacher in 1977. I fondly remember his office door always open if you needed to just pop your head into his office and ask, "Do you have a moment Mr. Anderson?" He would always stop what he was doing and take the time to focus his attention on you and nothing else mattered. I looked upon him as a father figure who supported and cared for his staff. His positive attitude , encouragement, and support toward his staff were factors that I wished to emulate as an instructor toward my students within the science classroom. Because of this man, I decided that I wanted to continue teaching what I loved the most…science.
I recall one incident during parent-teacher conferences when he came running to my rescue after an unruly, intoxicated parent upset over his child's science report card began turning over desk chairs demanding I change his child's grade. As I was six months pregnant and taken totally off guard by this encounter, Mr. Anderson appeared on scene with the assistant principal in tow and escorted this fella off the school premises. I will never forget his consoling and attentiveness during this incident. His compassion and concern for others defined his character and set him apart and above all others in his field. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Margaret Burks Lawhorne

February 24, 2021

He was the assistant principal when I went to Amherst. A kind, and gentle person, who could get his point across. Prayers for family and friends

Wylene Shields

February 24, 2021

I just want to share one special memory of Mr. Anderson. He was the assistant principal when I, as a member of the ACHS Class of '66, was sent to his office. I had missed school the day before as I wasn't feeling well that morning. When my mother got home from work she said that since I was feeling better we should go shopping for my Senior Prom dress. We went to Miller and Rhoads and found a beautiful dress. While there we also ran into one of my teachers. The next day, although she had teased me about it in front of the class, I came to find out she had also reported me. I was so nervous about going to the office. When I got there and told my story, Mr. Anderson said he completely understood. He said he sometimes would not feel well in the morning and feel better later in the day. He could not have been nicer to me if I had been his own daughter or granddaughter. The proof of how this impacted me is that I still remember it 55 years later. We invited him to our 50th Class Reunion in 2016, but he wasn't feeling up to it at the time.
My sincerest condolences to the family of this wonderful man.
Wylene Cunningham Shields

Darnelle Winston

February 23, 2021

My fondest memory is our ride to summer school in his little black Falcon. He would always ask us to lift our feet as we struggled up the hills and rounded the curves on the back road from Agricola to Amherst High. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

Betty Lambdin

February 23, 2021

As we all do, I have so many wonderful memories of Howard Anderson. He taught me science in eighth grade and I was mesmerized by his knowledge, his smile, his beautiful eyes. Later, when I taught at Amherst Count High School, he was a valued colleague and dad to his amazing girls. My heart-felt sympathy to all his children and grandchildren. They were all blessed to have him.
Betty (Moser) Lambdin

Beverly Jones

February 22, 2021

Mr. Anderson was the first principal at Monelison Junior High School when it opened in 1977 and the best one!!! He took a young faculty and molded us into the Green and Gold Machine. The success of our students was number one and he always had the teachers backs. For me, he was my mentor and friend and molded me into the teachers that I became. One day when he was in my class observing and I was teaching the westward movement, a student asked how did the cattle get across the river, I said they back stroked and he turned around and gave me that look and I smiled and winked. His guidance, smile and love will always be in my heart forever.

Toni Cohernour Hudson

February 21, 2021

So sad to hear of the loss of such a great patriarch. He was respected and admired by each person he touched. He and Pansye raised four amazing women. They definitely do not make them like Mr. Anderson anymore. My thoughts and prayers are with Stacey, Melissa, Kelly, Susan and their families. Love to you all.

Jim Cash

February 21, 2021

Sorry for your loss of a great teacher and person. I knew him as a past student in Chemistry and later on personabley when I also met Mr. Anderson and his wife at their home to do an appraisal. He shared a lot of his talents with me while I was at the home. Very talented and caring person. I know many of the family and you are blessed to be a part of this family. God Bless you all. 🙏

Debbie Iseman

February 21, 2021

Sending Prayers to the Anderson Family. I had Mr. Anderson as a assistant Principal , long ago.
Very kind soul. Every one “Loved him”. A couple years ago, I was pushing snow on the road to his house. We talked a bit. He still was a very kind man. He never changed. God Bless his Family.