John Anderson

February 4, 1943 - February 12, 2020
John Anderson


John Justus Anderson, Jr. 77, of Wilmington passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 with his family by his side at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare.

John was born in Wilmington on February 4, 1943, the son of the late John Justus Anderson and Rowena Josephine Bunn Anderson. John grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from Georgia State University. He was employed by NCDOT as the Division Agent of Right of Way until his retirement in 2003.

After retirement John enjoyed playing golf at Pine Valley Country Club with his good buddies Jeff, George and Tom.They witnessed his spectacular hole in one on the 4th hole. John will be remembered as the “Grill Master” for the wonderful meals he prepared for family and friends. Also for his love and loyalty to all he cared for.

John served honorably in the United States Army during the Vietnam war and was a 1st Lieutenant. He was honorably discharged in 1972.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Wanda. Also his son Justus (Nidia) and the light of his life, grandson Jake of Wilmington.

The family would like to thank Dr. Chuck Herring and the staff of New Hanover Medical Group and the staff of Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive Wilmington, NC 28401, or a charity of your choice.

A private celebration of John’s life will be held at a later date.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.


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  • February 15, 2020
    fred langston says:
    John was one of my best friends. Thinking last night of all the good times we had in N. Wilkesboro and Wilmington. I will Never forget John.

  • February 17, 2020
    Reg Abbott says:
    My condolences on the loss of John. I enjoyed working with him during my time in Wilmington.

  • February 17, 2020
    Brad Williams says:
    My condolences to the family. I had the privilege of working with John at the Wilmington Right if Way office. He was a great supervisor and he helped me to become a better Right of Way Agent. I also had the great opportunity to play golf with him while working in Wilmington.

  • February 17, 2020
    Bob Haskett says:
    Wanda and family ; I'm so sad to hear of John's passing . Being in the West , I didn't have many opportunities to be around John but I always enjoyed it when we talked at meetings , etc. When we held the R/W golf tournament here in Asheville , John was so complimentary to our office that it really was greatly appreciated by us all . My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family during this sad time .

  • February 17, 2020
    Hugh Thompson says:
    I had the privilege of working with John from 1989 to 2003 in the Wilmington R/W Office. I remember when being assigned temporary duty in Wilmington, my boss at the time, Cecil McLamb gave me the advise to "listen to John Anderson, because he knows right of way as well as anyone I know", and I found that to be true. John was hard worker and excellent negotiator. When John was promoted to Division Agent and I became his senior agent, we spent many Saturdays together at the office trying to keep things running smoothly. Although John was tough on the outside, he really did was compassionate. I remember one time he gave me his bonus check of several hundred dollars; it was a big deal to me at the time because I had a young family and I was the sole income. I appreciate John calling me not long ago to express his faith in Christ and I am looking forward to seeing him again in heaven, free of all health issues. My life was richer because of John Anderson and I will miss him.