James R. “Jim” Anderson Sr., 86, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Monday, April 28, 2014, under the care of Tidewell Hospice.
He was born June 30, 1927, in Toledo, Ohio, to David Anderson II and Jane (nee Gramling) Anderson of Maumee, Ohio.
Jim’s family moved to Punta Gorda when he was 14. After high school came the draft to the Army to serve his country in 1945. He attended Stetson University, receiving a B.S. degree in Business Administration, Jim worked with Standard Oil, and then had a career with Florida Power & Light. Jim served in clubs and on civic boards and committees: he was a member and past president of the Punta Gorda Rotary Club; a member and past Ponce of the Royal Order of the Ponce de Leon Conquistadors; past chairman of the Punta Gorda Housing Authority; and served on the City of Punta Gorda Charter Revision committee, the Mobile Home Park committee during Mayor Beck’s administration, and the City of Punta Gorda Planning Commission for 11 years, serving as Chairman on two occasions. Beginning Feb. 23, 1998, he was a member of the Construction Industry Licensing Board of Charlotte County for 10 years; and coached Little League. Jim loved his wife, fishing, hunting, grilling out, country music, vacations in Branson, Mo., Tarpon football, the Florida Gators, and the Seminoles, except when they played the Gators.
He leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Gwen; his children; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister; and brother.
A gathering of family and friends will be from 1 p.m. until a celebration of life at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014, at Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home, 635 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. Pastor Barrett Hardin of First Baptist Church of Punta Gorda will officiate. The family will have fellowship in the Celebration Hall after the service, and at 4 p.m., entombment with Military honors will be at Royal Palm Memorial Gardens in Punta Gorda. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Jim’s name be made to your favorite charity, church or Tidewell Hospice.
Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Services Punta Gorda Chapel.