December 1, 1939 ~ November 6, 2019
Born in: Halifax, VA
Resided in: Asheville, NC
William Edward Anderson, 79 of Asheville, died peacefully on November 6th, 2019. A native of South Boston, Virginia, he was born on December 1, 1939 to the late Edward Kerns Anderson and Selma Mae Anderson.
Following his high school graduation, he became an Apprenticeship Graduate of the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. where he proudly worked to build the USS Enterprise. Ed graduated from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia with a degree in Industrial Engineering. In 1987, he relocated to Asheville as Plant Manager of ITT Automotive. He established three automotive brake manufacturing facilities in Asheville, Morganton and Henderson County employing approximately 2,000 people. In 1995, he was awarded the ITT Harold S. Geneen Award for Unique Team Achievement for building support and cooperation between the German and North American brake manufacturing teams. Following his retirement from ITT Automotive, he helped establish Hasco, Inc., an automotive injection molding company located in Buncombe County and Eco-Panels, LLC a green energy construction firm located in Mocksville, North Carolina.
In Asheville, Ed was known for his community service of ten years on the Board of Mission Hospital, Mountain Workforce Development Board and Mountain Bizworks. Ed’s passion for automobiles enabled him to drive his 1939 Pontiac in several Great Races Across America with his friend and navigator, John Davies. Following retirement, he focused his skills on woodturning and spending time at John C. Campbell Folk School and Arrowmont in woodturning classes. Among his pleasures were family reunions with his cousins especially at the “home place” in South Boston, Virginia. His greatest delight was visiting his children and granddaughters and traveling with his wife, Becky across the United States and Europe.
He is survived by his wife, Becky Anderson of Asheville; his daughter, Cheryl Anderson of Christiansburg, Virginia and fiancée Dennis Smith; his son, Mark and daughter in-law, Rosette Anderson of Novi, Michigan; his stepdaughter, Lynn Williams and partner, Billy Luther of Cape Carteret, North Carolina and his stepson, Alan Williams and wife, Darleen Wilson of Lowell, Massachusetts. He has three granddaughters, Alex Wiltsee of Knoxville, Tennessee; Kirsten and Sydney Anderson of Novi, Michigan.
The family extends gratitude to the staff of Memory Care, Givens Health Center and Four Seasons Hospice for their support, service and compassionate caregiving. His family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, November 15 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian, 72 Long Shoals Road in Arden.
A Memorial Service will be held in the Norma F. Pulliam Chapel at Givens Estates (2360 Sweeten Creek Road in Asheville), on Saturday, November 16 at 11:00 AM with Reverend Ed Hillman officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Memory Care, 100 Far Horizons Lane, Asheville, NC,28803; Givens Staff Appreciation Fund, 2360 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28803 or Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.
Celebration of Life: November 16, 2019 11:00 am
Pulliam Chapel at Givens Estates
100 Wesley Drive
The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in William Edward "Ed" Anderson's name.