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Obituary: William Anderson, Hope

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William "Bill" Garnett Anderson, 90 of Hope passed away Friday September 27, 2013 at Miller's Merry Manor.

He was retired from Cosco, Inc. and MHart Express. After retiring he drove a school bus for Flat Rock Hawcreek School Corporation for about 20 years and drove the Hope Mission Travels bus. While driving the school bus, he drove for many activity trips such as rolling skating parties at the Geensburg Roller Skating Ring. He also operated a grain semi truck and farm equipment along with family members.

William was in the U.S. Army, serving during WWII and receiving an EAME Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, a Good Conduct Medal, a Bronze Star Medal, a Victory Medal and an American Theater Ribbon.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hope for 58 years where he served as a Deacon and Trustee and Church Treasurer. He also sang in the choir. He was a member of the Jay C's, Hope Masonic Lodge 150 and was chief and held other offices for the Hope Volunteer Fire Department in the 1960's. William loved spending time with his family.

The funeral will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Norman Funeral Home in Hope with the Rev. Mark Walker officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home with a Masonic Memorial Service at 8 p.m. Burial will be at Hawcreek Cemetery with military graveside rites.

Memorial contributions may be donated to Alzheimer's Association or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana through the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the Anderson family at

Born June 4, 1923 in Anderson County, Kentucky, William was the son of Willie Richard and Minnie Bell Thompson Anderson. He married Naomi McRay at Hopewell Baptist Parsonage in Mercer County September 1, 1945 and she preceded him in death September 19, 2013.

Survivors include daughters, Carolyn (Brian) Powell of Flat Rock and Donna J. (Richard E.) Young of Hope; grandchildren, Kevin (Terri) Young and Aaron (Becky) Hatton of Columbus, Kimberely (Chad) Taylor and Valerie (Ryan) Archer of Hope and Brian (Catherine) Hatton of Daleville; great-grandchildren, Brittany and Braden Young, Sarah and Libby Taylor, Josh and Anna Hatton, Carly and Maddy Archer and Natalie and Olivia Hatton; and siblings, Dorothy Nichols of Lawrenceburg, Ky., Cape Anderson of Lexington, Ky., and Eugene Anderson of Logansport.

William was preceded in death by his wife, parents; brothers, Carl, Marion and Roy Anderson; and sisters, Irene Anderson and Bonnie Poulter.

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