Death of Jack Sandy Anderson

On behalf of the officers and members of the Society of Sons of the Revolution in the State of West Virginia, we extend our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Jack Sandy Anderson, who passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at his home in Lumberport WV. Jack was 83 years old.

Jack Sandy Anderson was a past president of the Society of Sons of the Revolution in the State of West Virginia. He was also a member of the George Rogers Clark Chapter of the West Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution.

Below is his obituary from the Harmer Funeral Home:

Jack Sandy Anderson, noted historian, author and educator died unexpectedly at the age of 83 on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at his home in Lumberport.

Jack Sandy Anderson was born April 28, 1932 in the home of his grandmother, Cora Martin Sandy, at Pine Bluff. It was from her and other relatives that he came to his love of history. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell Lowell Anderson and Pearle Sandy Anderson, three step-brothers: Burton Russell, William Lowell and Robert Johnson Anderson, and one step-sister: Kathryn Jane Anderson.

He grew up in Harrison County and attended Pine Bluff and Wyatt
schools, finishing high school at Shinnston where he graduated as the class Secretary and Salutatorian. After graduating from Fairmont State he received government grants to study the advanced sciences at Bethany College, Jackson State University and Northeastern University. Marion County schools benefited as he spent 31 years teaching beginning in 1955.

He has always had a special love for local history, engendered by his grandmother and other relatives, particularly the area of his birth and family roots. In his lifetime he was well acquainted with past West Fork Valley historians Nettie Bartlett Cooper, Harvey W. Harmer, W. Guy Tetrick, Glenn Lough, John Findlayson and Harvey Fortney. At the age of 15 he was attending
meetings of the Marion County Historical Society and became president of that organization in 1967. In 1970 the society sponsored the formation of the Prickett’s Fort Memorial Foundation. David H. Jones was president and he served as vice-president. Together they and William J. Wilcox traveled to Charleston to petition Gov. Arch Moore for state funds needed to complete the fort’s construction. Marion County continues to benefit from their efforts.

Jack was also an original board member of the Harrison County West Virginia Historical Society. In 1967 he worked to raise funds for the purchase of the Amy Roberts Vance House which serves as the society’s headquarters and museum to this day. Through his efforts the society was able to acquire
many objects, manuscripts and historic photos in its collection.

All was not study however and he got great enjoyment collecting antiques. His interest was captured by stamps, coins, historical and military memorabilia and glassware. He enjoyed cooking and compiled 7 cookbooks to help fundraising efforts in his community and church where he also played piano for 30 years.
Jack Sandy Anderson has been a leading historian in Harrison and Marion County and has authored many historical articles published in newspapers, magazines and books. Beginning in 1960 he wrote and published Ramblings, a book devoted to Shinnston area history followed by Other Days.

In 2014 he worked with the Harrison Country West Virginia Historical Society to republish Granville Davisson Hall’s Old Gold, and a collection of his articles on Harrison County titled Out of the Past, Harrison County History Vignettes. On Tuesday, July 21st, Jack worked to finish the final edits of his collection of Marion County history articles titled, Glimpses of the Past, Marion County History Vignettes. It was his wish to live to see it to its completion and be able to present copies to his friends. Additionally, Jack made provisions through
the Harrison County Historical Society to keep his works in print for future generations, such was his love of our heritage. To those who knew him, Jack was a friend and mentor. He was young in spirit, always ready to lend a helping hand whether it was to speak or offer a seasoned word of advice and wit. His encyclopedic knowledge and perspective made him a master story teller. He was a one of a kind treasure whose absence is sorely felt.

He was active in a number of historical and ancestral-patriotic organizations: past president of the Marion County Historical Society, past president of the Harrison County Historical Society, organizing president of the Shinnston Historical Association, past state president of the Sons of the Revolution, past state president of the Huguenot Society, and co-founder and first vice president of the Pricketts Fort Memorial Foundation. He was a member of the George Rogers Clark Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution and the West Virginia Historical Society. He was founder and past commander of the Military Order of Foreign Wars in West Virginia. His biography can be found in The Hereditary Register of the United States of America, Personalities of the South, Outstanding West Virginians, and The West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia.

Jack is survived by his sister Patricia (Patty) Sampson and her husband Roy, his niece Janie Hardesty and her husband Butch; 6 nephews Roy Lee Sampson; Jamie and his wife Liz Sampson; Jeffrey Sampson and companion Wendy; Tracie Sampson and fiancé Tracey all of Lumberport; Arthur Anderson and his wife Leena of South Portland Maine; William Anderson also of South Portland Maine; 18 nieces and nephews; 24 great-nieces and nephews and one great-great-great, niece Jordan Hanna; and one special niece “Maddie” who shared the love of the Chinese Restaurant in Fairmont with Jack.

Friends will be received at the Harmer Funeral Home, 300 Pike St., Shinnston on Thursday, July 30th from 4-6 pm. A celebration of Jack’s life will be conducted at 6:00 pm with Pastor Harry Holbert officiating. In lieu of flowers the family has asked for memorial contributions be made to the Harrison County Humane Society, at P.O. Box 4397 Clarksburg, WV 26302

A service of the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston.

General Information
Full Name: Jack Sandy Anderson
Date of Birth: Thursday, April 28th, 1932
Date of Death: Sunday, July 26th, 2015
Place of Death: Lumberport, WV

When: Thursday, July 30th, 2015, 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: Harmer Funeral Home
Address: 300 Pike St., Shinnston, WV 26431, phone (304) 592-2500
Location Information: Gathering of Family and Friends
Service Extra Info: Celebration of Life Service