Furman L. Anderson, Jr., 87, member of North Trenholm Baptist Church who helped design the tallest tower in history in the 1960s

Furman L. Anderson, Jr.

Furman L. Anderson, Jr.

Furman L. Anderson, Jr., of Columbia, died June 2, 2014, at the age of 87.

He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII where he discovered his engineering skills. He attended Georgia Tech and the University of South Carolina and received a degree in structural engineering. He was employed by Kline Iron & Steel Tower Division where he was part of a unique team that designed the tallest tower in the history of mankind back in the 1960s and the landmark Sutro Tower in San Francisco. He later founded Anderson & Forman Engineering Consultants.

Mr. Anderson was a member of North Trenholm Baptist Church where he served as deacon, Sunday school teacher and led the building committees on numerous construction projects. He was a loving husband of 59 years to Mildred Anderson and, after her death in 2009, he moved to West Chester, Pa. and lived with his son and his family.

He was born June 6, 1926, in Columbia, son of the late Furman and Ruth Bowers Anderson. He was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Anderson; son, Roy Anderson; and his beloved wife, Mildred Anderson.

Surviving are his son, James Anderson (Ginna), of West Chester, Pa.; daughters, Jan Moody, of Columbia and Joy Fiske (Chip), of Augusta, Ga.; brother Larry Anderson, of Camden; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth and James Anderson, Ashton Mundy (Matt), Kasey and Jamie Moody and Ray and Chiles Fiske; and great-granddaughter, Raven.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 6, 2014, at Thompson Funeral Home at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 845 Leesburg Road, Columbia, SC 29209. A graveside service will be held at noon Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or donate your time to local Alzheimer’s support groups in memory of Mr. Anderson.

Online condolences may be sent to www.Thompsonsfuneral.com.

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