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James Anderson

CHESTER -- Dr. James T. "Crack" Anderson, 74, of 1706 Columbia Highway, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007, at his residence.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Clay Waldrip officiating. Burial will be at Chester Memorial Gardens.

Dr. Anderson was born at the family home, 121 Hemphill Avenue in Chester, S.C. Dr. Anderson was the son of the late Joe Emory and Ruby Ruth Byars Anderson. Dr. Anderson was a 1951 graduate of Chester High School and also a graduate of Clemson College and the University of Georgia. He was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps and received his wings at Lackland A.F.B., Texas in 1955. He was a Drill Instructor at Parris Island, S.C., prior to attending flight school. He was a retired Major with the U.S. Marine Corps, having served during the Korean War as a fighter pilot. He was a veterinarian for over 45 years and a lifetime member of First Baptist Church of Chester. He was a member of American Veterinary Medical Association and President of S.C. Veterinarian Association and the Veterinarian of the Year for S.C. in 1992. He was a member of the Men's Breakfast Club of First Baptist Church, a Deacon and a member of the S.C. Aeronautics Commission and the Chester Lions Club.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Betty Bailey Anderson; one daughter, Barbara Anderson of Columbia, S.C.; one son, Samuel W. Anderson and his wife, Angie of Chester, S.C.; one granddaughter, Caitlin Baker of Clemson University; two brothers, Col. (Ret) Joe E. Anderson Jr. and his wife, Connie of Montgomery, Ala., and Lt. Col. (Ret) George B. Anderson and his wife, Nancy of Chester, S.C.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Barron Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 518, Chester, SC 29706.

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