Wilson C. Anderson was employed by the city of Philadelphia for 35 years.
Anderson died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 at Roxborough Memorial Hospital. His death was due to stroke and organ failure. He was 87.
He was born Dec. 15, 1924 in Philadelphia. He was the younger of two sons born to the late Clarence Dale and Georgia Perkins Anderson. He was raised in South Philadelphia where he attended First African Baptist Church.
He received his early education in the Philadelphia public school system. While attending South Philadelphia High School Anderson was employed by Michael Denning Photography Studios as a photographic technician. He left South Philadelphia High School to pursue his dream of military service in World War II.
In October 1944, Anderson entered the United States Army Air Corps, Tuskegee Airmen, and 477th Division-19th Bomb Group. Cpl. Anderson served as a radio mechanic and received training at the Army Air Force Gunnery School. He was honorably discharged from military service in August 1946.
Following military service he returned to Philadelphia and with the assistance of the GI bill, he attended Villanova University. He graduated in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He also attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and received a certificate from the Fels Institute of Government.
Anderson worked with the Health Department at Philadelphia General Hospital, the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office under the supervision of Dr. Leonard Spellman, and retired in 1984 as a budget officer in the Department of Licenses and Inspections.
Following his retirement, he worked at Saint Joseph’s University as a budget coordinator for the athletic department for 20 years.
He married Dorecy W. Edwards in December 1956. They were married for 33 years until her passing in 1989.
Anderson converted to Catholicism and was an annual retreater at Saint Joseph’s in the Hills Malvern Retreat House. Most recently he was a parishioner of St. Matthias Roman Catholic Church.
Anderson was a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He was active with the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter and was steadfast in his commitment to this brotherhood.
“Andy” as he was familiarly known, was a loyal friend to many.
“He loved to talk, enjoyed traveling, and was fun spirited. He lived life to its fullest. Andy was always looking for something to do and somewhere to go,” his family said.
He is preceded in death by his older brother, C. Dale Anderson, and grandson, Aziz Soukouna.
Anderson is survived by his children, Roberta Logan, Campbell D. Anderson, Alan G. Anderson, and Marjorie Lynn Anderson; grandchildren Harlem Logan, Jillian Anderson, Michael Anderson, Ibrahim Anderson Soukouna and Phoenix Valle; and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held Nov. 30 at St. Matthias Church, 128 Bryn Mawr Ave. in Bala Cynwyd. Viewing is at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 10:30 a.m.
Hawkins Funeral Home handled the arrangements.