Dr. Frank H. Anderson, Rear Admiral, USNR (Ret.)., Johnson City, passed away May 24, 2014, peacefully at his home following a period of declining health. Dr. Anderson was a well known dentist in Johnson City for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert A. Anderson and Nora Frances Anderson.
Civic and community activity was very important to Dr. Anderson. He was a member of the Lions Club for 50 years, served as player agent and President of Johnson City National Little League for 21 years, served as chairman of Washington County Board of Health for 10 years, and served as a member of the Tri-Cities Regional Airport Authority, including two terms as Chairman.
He was honored by the Chamber of Commerce in 2000 by being named as the Wall of Fame recipient for that year. Dr. Anderson was a long time member of the Board of Directors of Nations Bank and served as Chairman of the Advisory Committee. In 1975, Dr. Anderson was inducted into the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department Wall of Fame.
Dr. Anderson was a member of the First Christian Church, where he was humbled to have served as a Deacon for 30 years. He was a member of the Win-A-Kuple Sunday School class. Dr. Anderson and his wife, Betty, were honored to be recognized by Milligan College as “Leaders in Christian Service” in 2005.
Dr. Anderson was very active in professional dental organizations. He was a Life Member of the Tennessee Dental Association and American Dental Association. He served as President of the First District Dental Society and also served as an Alternate Delegate to the Annual Meeting of the American Dental Association. He was a life member of the Southeastern Academy of Prosthodontics, where he served as President in 1983 as well as being a member of the American Prosthodontic Society. He was awarded Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry in 1975.
Dr. Anderson was named a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, as well as a Deputy Regent for the International College of Dentists for sixteen years. He was awarded life membership as a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, having been a member of the International and American College of Dentists for over thirty-five years. Dr. Anderson served six years as a member of the Tennessee Board of Dentistry and the Southeastern Regional Dental Examiners.
Dr. Anderson was a graduate of East Tennessee State University. He was a member of the President’s Trust, served as Chairman of ETSU School of Dental Hygiene Advisory Committee, was a member of the East Tennessee State University Foundation, was a member of the ETSU Committee of 125, and inducted into ETSU Military ROTC Hall of Fame in 2012. In 1982 Dr. Anderson was selected as the “Outstanding Alumnus of the Year” by East Tennessee State University.
Dr. Anderson was a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry. In 1979, he was honored by the College of Dentistry by being named as the “Dental Alumnus of the Year”. He served the University of Tennessee as a member of the Board of Governors, member of the UT Public Affairs and Legislative Committee.
Dr. Anderson served in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1952 until 1982. In 1978, Dr. Anderson was selected for Rear Admiral, U.S. Naval Reserve. At the time of his selection he was the youngest Naval Reserve Officer in the Dental Corps to have been selected for flag rank. Among Admiral Anderson’s military billets were: U.S. Navy Center, Great Lakes, IL., U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp, Elliott, Camp Pendleton, CA, USS Saratoga CV-60 ( reserve tour) Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, NC, Wing Dental Officer, 4th Marine Air Wing, Deputy Chief for Reserve Dental Affairs, and Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Washington, DC.
Among Admiral Anderson’s military decorations are: Legion of Merit, Navy Meritorious Service Medal, National Service Medal, Expert Rifle, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and service ribbons. Admiral Anderson has served as a United States Naval Academy Blue and Gold Officer for forty-three years. In 1989, he was recognized by the U.S. Naval Academy Blue and Gold Program with the “Most Valuable Blue and Gold Award” from seventeen hundred Naval Academy Blue and Gold Officers in America.
Admiral Anderson was awarded the Recruiters “Gold Wreath Award” with eight bronze stars for outstanding service to the Navy Recruiting Command. Admiral Anderson holds life membership in the Reserve Officers Association, MOAA for retired officers, Association of the U.S. Navy, Navy League, and Fleet Reserve Association. Admiral Anderson had developed a close relationship with area Junior ROTC units. Admiral Anderson was honored in 2013 by receiving the coveted “Patriot Award”, having been nominated by Congressman Phil Roe (R TN).
Admiral Anderson had four passions in life; Family, Church, Dentistry and the Navy. He dearly loved them all.
Dr. Anderson is survived by his loving and devoted wife of sixty-one years, Betty Musick Anderson, and three children; Dr. Patricia Anderson Lloyd and husband, Dr. Mark Lloyd, Atlanta, GA; Frank H. Anderson Jr., and wife, Margaret Fugate Anderson, Johnson City, TN; and Erin G. Cantrell, Louisville, KY. He is survived by five grandchildren: Alex Anderson, Raleigh, NC; Lucas Anderson, Nashville, TN; Sean Anderson, Johnson City, TN; Jennifer Cantrell, Lexington, KY; and Megan Cantrell, Louisville, KY.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at First Christian Church, Johnson City, Tennessee. A Celebration of Life service will be at 7:00 p.m. at the church with Dr. Tim Wallingford and Dr. Gene Wigginton, officiating.
A graveside burial service will be held at Roselawn Cemetery, on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. Pallbearers will be: Dr. Tom Baker, William Ballew, Dr. John Crockett, Rear Admiral Jerry Johnson, DC, USN (Ret.), Dr. Bill Linebarger, Dan Mahoney, Lt. General Fred McCorkle, USMC (Ret.), G. Robert Owens and Hal Wroe. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Win-A-Kuple Sunday School Class, First Christian Church.
Military Honors will be accorded by the U.S. Navy Honors Team, the Boone Dam V.F.W. Post 4933 and the Tennessee Army National Guard. All those desiring to attend the graveside service are requested to meet at the cemetery by 9:50 a.m.
Those who prefer, memorials may be made to First Christian Church Building Fund, c/o First Christian Church, 200 East Mountcastle Drive, Johnson City, Tenn. 37601 or the Johnson City National Little League, c/o P.O. Box 1672, Johnson City, TN 37601.
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Appalachian Funeral Home & Cremation Services is serving the Anderson family. (928-6111)