Julian Willard Anderson



Julian Willard Anderson, 73, of Rocky Point, beloved husband, daddy, granddaddy, brother, Christian, and God’s faithful servant was called to his heavenly home on Saturday, March 31, 2018 surrounded with love by his family.

He was born March 4, 1945 to the late Coy Willard and Velma Rooks Anderson. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Donna W. Anderson; son Julian Christopher Anderson (Jeanne); daughters, Jessica Anderson Grimm (Daryl) and Emily Anderson Smith; surrogate son, Garrett Pellerzi (Lindsay); grandchildren, Megan Anderson, Julian Coy Anderson, and Bryce Grimm; sisters Elaine Wrenn (Wayne) and Janice Byerly; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who dearly loved Julian.

Julian loved his country; service to the community; and service to God. Julian served his country honorably during the Vietnam War. He continued his service through teaching high school biology after graduating from UNCW. He served as a volunteer firefighter with Long Creek-Grady Volunteer Fire Department serving in positions from fireman to Chief. Julian served as a Federal Agent in his career. He chose to serve the community on the Pender County School Board for many years.

Serving the youth and future leaders of our community, State, and Nation was his passion. Julian was awarded the Razor Walker Award for Distinguished Service to the People of North Carolina. Julian brought Scouting back to the community by re-establishing Troop 730 as the Scoutmaster in 1988. He was awarded the highest award at the Council; National; and Lodge levels, which were the Cape Fear Award; Silver Beaver Award; and Vigil Honor member. Julian provided amazing leadership and knowledge to the future leaders.

Julian served St. Mary’s Church in Burgaw from the building of the church itself and his leadership on the Vestry for many years by serving in numerous capacities including Senior Warden.

Julian was a 32nd degree Mason serving King Solomon Lodge 138 A.F. & A.M. as secretary. He served as the President of the Pender County Shrine Club in 2015-2016 as well as in the secretary position for many years.

Julian enjoyed woodworking; was a Certified Beekeeper; loved music even though he could not play an instrument; and loved to dance. Julian loved cooking in cast iron and collected cast iron pots, pans, ovens, and kettles throughout his travels.

Julian was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing. He served on the North Carolina Fisheries Board. Julian jokingly referred to himself as “Last Mate” to Captain John Broome on the “Plan B” where they conducted four research projects for the State and were also featured in many publications.

The memorial service will be 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 506 S. McNeil Street, Burgaw, with The Rev. Ronald Abrams conducting the service. Burial with Rev. E. J. Highsmith conducting the committal will follow in Riley’s Creek Memorial Cemetery, 2111 Clarks Landing Loop Road, Rocky Point, with military honors accorded by US Navy Honor Guard and Masonic Rites accorded by King Solomon Lodge No. 138 A.F. & A.M.

Note change: Following the graveside service there will be a gathering of family and friends for a time of fellowship and sharing memories until 5:00 p.m. at Pender County Shrine Club, 20360 NC Hwy 210 North, Rocky Point, NC

Julian was very passionate about service and helping others, especially children. He had a great passion for the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Greenville S.C. Please donate in his memory, 950 West Ferris Road, Greenville, SC 29605 or https://donate.lovetotherescue.org/JWAndersonMemor...

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Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Burgaw, NC.