William John Anderson "The Chief"

January 24, 1963March 28, 2013

On Thursday, March 28, 2013, William John Anderson, "the Chief" beloved son, brother and uncle went home to be with the Lord.

William, age 50, was born in Rockledge and lived in Cocoa all of his life. He volunteered and served his country with honor and pride in the United States Army from 1983 to 1986. After service in the Army, he was employed at Sea Ray Boats for over 24 years. More recently, he was employed with a Defense contractor at TICO.

William is survived by his mother and father, Frances and Billy Anderson of Cocoa; sister, Ferell and partner Sherry of Palm Bay; sister, Debbie and husband Tracy of TN; nephew, Jason and wife Shelley, also of TN; a nephew and niece; his best four legged friend, a Boxer named Girlie; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, loved ones and friends.

William was a true 'Florida Country Boy' in every way. He loved his family and his dogs, country music, a good hog roast, deep fried turkeys, walking the flea market and outside activities such as fishing and hunting. He loved his Mom's cooking and working with his dad on cars. Like his Dad, William could fix anything. He loved to make people laugh; he enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest.

His passing is a tragic loss to his family and he will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

A public viewing will be held from 12:00 - 1:00 at the American Burial and Cremation located at 1200 S. US 1, in Rockledge, FL on Tuesday, April 2nd and funeral service will be at 1:00. Interment will follow immediately at the Florida Memorial Gardens.


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 2, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 2, 2013

William John Anderson "The Chief"

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September 15, 2014

Dear Chief, I'm just missing you. The AC is working in your truck again and its blowing ice cold air. Oh and hey, you should have replaced that alternator, but not to worry, I did it. I found a way to replace the knobs on the AC settings that I think you would get a kick out of. The seat covers I bought were absolutely necessary thanks to Girly. The Clutch feels bit loose, I thought you replaced it. Anyway once I'm done with it, it will be just like when you drove it. Oh and by the way, the house still hasn't sold. And Debbie found a great picture of you and mom, you would really like it. Sherry framed it and gave it to mom. Anyway, I miss you, I think of you everyday. I hope you like your candle.

June 10, 2014

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Deb Barfield

January 24, 2014

My dear William,
Here we are Jan 24th 2014, your 51st birthday. It has been a year of sadness for sure. First your accident and then losing you. Then, having to deal with all that a family has to deal with when one of the family passes. Mom has had many health problems this year and Dad is so broken. Actually, we all are. Our hearts are broken. The kids constantly ask me to tell them about you and the things you did while on this earth. We did have one bright spot this year when we met your son. You would be very, very proud of him and he looks so much like you. He wishes he could have met you. And, you know what else? You are a grandpa! You have 4 grandchildren! Tracy has now had 2 songs published and put out on a country album. You would love the album.
Gosh William, how we miss you. Nothing is the same. Jason says he can feel you around him all the time. So does Mom. It just doesn't seem real that you are gone.
I love you William and I miss you terribly.
Happy 51st Birthday in heaven. I pray the Lord is throwing you one heck of a birthday party!
Love you,
your sis,

Shannon Militello

April 15, 2013

Dear William,
I am so sorry you and Ihave never had the chance to meet but we will one day in heaven,but until that day comes ,I will enjoy the pictures of that beautiful smile, that always makes me smile.And I will also enjoy listening to your family and friends,talk about the way you shine,until we meet in heaven remember,I love you.

Dave Hannemann

April 9, 2013

Just found out today about my buddy Bill passing away. I rode with him once again in the toy run this past year and hung with bill after the ride was over. so glad I had the time with him. I was there with Bill & Sherri when he decided to get his Tazmanian devil tattoo, I thought...what the..? But thats how bill lead his life, no stops.
I will miss him.

Charlotte Toler

April 3, 2013

Dear sister Frances and Bill, During this time of sorrow and loss of your son, our deepest prayers and sympathy go out to you. We three are here for you as you mourn the loss of your son William. Just know that God will comfort you at this sad time. We love you all so much. Betty, Charlotte, and Don

Sharon (Johnson) Brown

April 3, 2013

It always amazes me how some folks can leave lasting impressions on those they meet. William was that kind of person. Although I hadn't seen him in a couple decades, I followed news about him through his Sister Debi and Brother-in-Law Tracy. I remember William as one of those people who had such a zest for life, nothing kept him from accomplishing what he set out to do. He was not a scaredy cat! I'd like to say he had a spark in his eye, not a twinkle! Truth be told, it was the brotherly love he exhibited, that has forever been imprinted on all who knew him for sure.

The last few days, for some reason, I have heard each and every motorcycle passing my way. I typically can tune that out, but not this week.

I believe William is on The Ride to end all rides. A free spirit, no pains, no aches, just riding........

Bill, Frances, Ferrell, Debi, may you find peace and comfort in knowing that your William touched so many and that when his work was done, our precious William was called home to be with his Lord and Savior.....Till we meet again, the Best is Yet to Come!

Pat Wagner

April 2, 2013

Dear Ferell and Family, I am so very very sorry for the loss of William I know how much he will be missed. Even though I didn't have a personal relationship with him I know how proud you were to be his sister I could hear it in your voice or notes when you spoke and wrote about William. I will be praying for you and his parents and relatives that God will give you strength.
Love-Hugs and Continued Prayers
Your Friend Pat