William Herbert 'Herbie' Anderson
William Herbert “Herbie” Anderson
LONGVIEW — In the sweet whispers of the angels’ lullaby, William Herbert “Herbie” Anderson, Junior, joined the angelic chorus of eternal praise to his known and trusted Savior on Monday, February 5, 2018 in Kilgore.
His life will be honored in services under the direction of Lakeview Funeral Home of Longview. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM at Lakeview Funeral Home. A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Lakeview Funeral Home of Longview with Brother Richard Jones and Brother Donnie Barron officiating.
He was born to loving and doting parents, Herb and Frances Anderson, on May 9, 1961 in Longview. This was the beginning of a lifetime beating the odds. Born with Down Syndrome, the doctors told his parents that he would not live to be 12-years old but he showed them! He was 56-years old at his eternal homecoming. The love and devotion of his mother was instrumental in giving Herbie a full and wonderful life. You dared not upset Herbie in her presence or did so at risk of your own peril. She was a fierce advocate for him and gave him the foundation of a loving spirit that he became known for within his community of family and friends.
Those 56 years of life were full of adventures, activities, and milestones. Herbie was honored in 1983 as the first person to begin and complete the Special Education program at Pine Tree. This event, along with many others of Herbie’s life, was covered in the Longview News Journal. Upon graduation from Pine Tree High School, Herbie participated in the sheltered workshops and programs of the ARC of Gregg County. Later in life, he transferred to the Willand Day Services where he loved to draw and play games.
Herbie was a multi-medalist and competed for many years at the Special Olympics. He could run like the wind. He was an avid photographer and found beauty worth memorializing in the smallest of things that others would overlook. He loved his animals especially his cat, Simon. He loved to bowl and sing. A bigger fan of Donny and Marie could not be found. One of his last adventures was to go with his sister, Pam, and nieces, Becky and Torey, to see Donny and Marie in concert in Oklahoma. His reaction when he saw them will always be a favorite in their treasure chest of precious memories.
Affectionately known as King Herbie to his family, his wish was their command. If Herbie wanted it then it was made to happen. There were many dates with his sister, Pam, going out to eat, to the movies, and wherever else they found entertainment. His brother-in law, Louis, changed out many of seasonal flags for him. There were many miles driven over these beautiful East Texas roads with his niece, Becky and her husband, Scott, which always included a stop for a chocolate shake. There were many parades and boat shows with his niece, Torey and her husband Scottie. There were rodeo outings, Sabine homecoming nights, and Halloween treats with his great-nephews, Sean Luke, Chase, Jeremiah and Avery Jax.
He never wanted to miss church. He loved to sing hymnals and get a bulletin, or two or three, maybe five. He was a beloved member of Calvary Baptist Church of Longview. He would attend East Mountain Baptist Church with Becky and Scott and became a cherished part of their extended family.
He loved every moment and looked forward to every celebration. Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” That is exactly what Herbie did. He watched the calendar and knew the days to each new event. He knew each new day was worth celebrating and a gift from “Jesus, Lord God,” as he would say. Herbie lived his life in a way that could be a lesson to us all. He lived the moment, he captured the moment, he moved on from that moment and then anticipated the next moment to enjoy.
He remembered and loved everyone but had a special love for his family. Never, a discouraging word would fall from his mouth. He vocalized his love and was quick to give compliments. He defined and refined the hearts of all who knew him. He will be missed.
Those left to cherish his memoires are his sister and brother-in law, Pam and Louis Chreene of Liberty City; nieces and husbands, Becky and Scott Eaton of Liberty City; Torey and Scottie Philpott of Kilgore; great-nephews and wives, Sean and Kayla Eddington of Genoa, AR; Chase and Megan Eddington of Garland; Jeremiah Philpott and Avery Jax Philpott of Kilgore; sister, Betty Booth of San Antonio; nieces and husbands, Joan and Ralph Guttman of Cotulla; Theresa and Fred McComas, their son, Michael, all of San Antonio; nephew; John Booth of Boerne.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to Carolyn Mangum of Arbor Grace of Kilgore. She showed him love and dignity to the end. We are grateful.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Calvary Baptist Church of Longview Building Fund; East Mountain Baptist Church Building Fund; or Special Olympics.