Willard M. Anderson, Jr. passed away on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at his home in Orlando, FL after a brief hospitalization. Intellectual, mechanical guru, eternal skeptic, gun and car enthusiast, and magnetic personality for men, women, and children alike (mostly women), Bill loved Coca-Cola, the beach, theatre, mushrooms and asparagus, Evan Williams, Formula 1 racing - and he spoke fondly of the Swedish Bikini Team. We aren't positive of the order of the "likes", but he was married 3 times (twice to the same woman). They didn't stick, which is maybe why he once confessed with a know-it-all grin that while he maybe wasn't the best husband or boyfriend, the women kept coming back. And without exception, every one of those women have told us, 'he's my best friend".
As Bill heads off to the Formula 1 races in the sky, where we know he'll have the choicest seats likely surrounded by adoring lady-friends, he leaves behind his son, Bill Anderson III and Bill's wife, Sherri; his daughters, Christine Satterfield, Sharon Anderson, Christi Davis; 6 grandchildren, Josh, Matt, Joey, Rosie, Miranda, Caden; sisters Kim Bahlke and Wendy Black; longtime girlfriend, Lee-Ann Snipes, her 2 daughters, Wendy and Layla, and her 7 grandchildren, Hannah, Cameron, Grace, Jaymes, Lee-Ann, Isabelle, and Ava, all of whom were very close to and adored Mr. Bill; and a myriad of other folks who will be saddened by his passing and mourn the loss of this beautiful, brilliant, and extraordinary man.
The Memorial service is over and his ashes soon to be scattered, but you can still do something to honor Bill (or Andy or Willy, depending on when you knew him). Deposit some spare change into someone's account, particularly if you know the account is monitored to the penny; buy toilet paper for a friend and install it for them - over if they prefer it under or vice versa; go through the cash lane on the Expressway and pay the toll for the stranger behind you, making sure to speed off afterward; or donate something, anything, to your favorite children's charity. He loved his kids.