Mark D. Anderson of Crosby, Texas, went to be with his Lord and Savior on January 4, 2019, at the age of 85. He passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family members. Mark was born on August 21, 1933 in Center, Texas, as the only child of S. J. Anderson and Cascile Samford Anderson.
Mark is preceded in death by his parents, S. J. Anderson and Cascile Anderson; his wife of 54 years, Lillian Estelle Anderson, sister-in-law Robbie Lee Harris, and brothers-in-law Leroy Kilgore, Lincoln “Gene” Kilgore, and son-in-law Garry Cater.
He is survived by his wife of 9 years, Sadah Rose Anderson; his son Keith D. Anderson and wife Patricia; granddaughters Stephanie Anderson and husband Jason Pitruzzello, Jennifer Anderson Flynn and husband Jared Flynn; sister-in-law Linda Kilgore, sister-in-law Nancy Stiles and her husband Gerald Stiles; brother-in-law John Kilgore and his wife Janet Kilgore; sister-in-law Sandra Kilgore Jordan and husband Danny Jordan; brother-in-law Joe Harris; step-daughters Kellye Cates and husband Steven, Katye Cater; granddaughters Skye Parker and Jessica Ray, grandsons Samuel Cater and Justin Rose, and great-grandson Ace Rose. Mark also had many other nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.
Mark graduated from Center High School in Center, Texas in May 1952. He attended Stephen F. Austin University for a brief period and began working at Champion Papers in Pasadena, Texas. He served in the Army from 1954 through 1956 and was stationed primarily in Germany. After working for 21 years at Champion Papers, he was hired in 1973 by Penwalt Lucidol in Crosby. In 1997 he retired from Elf Ato-Chem, celebrating a career that spanned 45 years. During this time, Mark was also involved in the Crosby Little League and the Crosby Band Parents. He was an enthusiastic writer of short stories, a gifted amateur musician, and a local chair of his political party. After retiring, Mark became a born-again Christian and an active member of the First Baptist Church in Crosby. Mark and his wife Estelle volunteered for Churches United in Caring until her death in 2007. He continued his volunteer efforts with CUIC and began delivering Meals on Wheels.
In 2009, Mark met and married Sadah Rose. Together they contributed their time to the community as his health permitted, and he lived happily for the remainder of his days.
The family would like to acknowledge and thank Mark’s long-term care team from Omnix and especially his nurse, Jenee Sensat, who made it possible for him to remain in the comfort of his home throughout his illness.
A visitation will be held on Friday, January 11, 2019 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Sterling White Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 2:30pm also at Sterling White Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Sterling White Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Sterling White Funeral Home, 11011 Crosby-Lynchburg Rd., Highlands, TX 77562. To share memories and offer condolences please visit www.sterlingwhite.com.