WAYNESVILLE — On Friday, March 23, 2018, our community lost a man of great honor, Winton Holmes "Andy" Anderson. Andy passed away peacefully at The Homestead (Haywood Hospice) at the age of 97.
Andy was born in Clay County, the son of the late Edgar Lee and Adeline Winchester Anderson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Rebecca Williamson Anderson, who passed away 2011. He and Rebecca were blessed with 64 years of marriage. He was also preceded in death by four sisters, Alwayne Knight, Norine Bova, Kathleen Allison and Clyta Taylor; and two brothers, Guy and Harold Anderson.
Andy was a 1936 graduate of Hayesville High School. He attended N.C. State University and then enlisted for service in the U.S. Army Air Corp. In serving his country, Andy taught instrumentation to student military pilots at Yale and The University of Illinois.
Following his military service, Andy moved to Wendell, North Carolina where he was an employee of Universal Chevrolet. In 1955, he purchased South Gran Chevrolet in Creedmor, North Carolina and later sold the business in 1960. At that time, he moved to Waynesville where he founded the Anderson Chevrolet and Oldsmobile dealership.
Andy enjoyed a long and successful career as an automotive dealer until his retirement in 1984. Andy was a past president of the North Carolina Auto Dealers Association and was awarded the association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Andy was a very active member of Waynesville First Baptist Church where he taught Sunday-School and served on numerous committees. Andy was a member of the Hazelwood Boosters Club, a member of the Waynesville Rotary Club and was a Paul Harris Fellow recipient.
Andy will always be remembered as an individual with the highest ethical standards and principles and an unwavering example of living a Christian life. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend to all. Duty, God and family were the hallmarks of his life.
He believed that if you put in the work and made the sacrifices, your life would improve along with the lives of many of those around you. He did what was right as best he understood what right was. He kept his word. He was concerned about his reputation but cared more about his honor.
Andy is survived by two daughters, Janet Sigmon and her husband, Charles and Susan Anderson Morrison and her husband, Fred, of Waynesville; two sons, Fredrick H. Anderson and his wife, Annette, of Raleigh and Steve Anderson and his wife, Pam, of Canton.
Affectionally known as “Big Daddy,” Andy had eight grandchildren, Dawn Hartis, David Sigmon, Brandon Anderson, Meredith Carpenter, Heather Clark, Michael Anderson, Kristen Hudson and Blake Anderson; 14 great-grandchildren, Kaitlin Clark, Grey Sigmon, Reid Sigmon, Mary Wells Anderson, Charlie Anderson, William Hudson, Margaret Hudson, Anderson Clark, Ellis Clark, Patrick Anderson, Adalyn Carpenter, Cortland Carpenter, Jagger Anderson, and Frampton Anderson; and great-great grandson, Easton Anderson Clark.
Andy’s family wishes to acknowledge the wonderful care given to him by Karen Clark, Gertrude Best, Brenda Davis and especially Alma Kinsland.
Andy's family will attend a private committal service. A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, in the Waynesville Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Rev. David Reeves officiating. The family will host a reception for friends and family following the service at the Wells Events and Reception Center.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Waynesville Stained Glass Restoration Fund, P.O. Box 690, Waynesville, NC 28786 or Broyhill Baptist Children’s Home, 111 Sneed Drive, Clyde, NC 28721.
The care of Andy has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Homes and an online memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.