Roger J Anderson

Born on May 25, 1932

Departed on September 18, 2020 and resided in Portland, TN

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Roger Anderson, 88, born May 25, 1932, was born in Richmond, Indiana and raised on a dairy farm with his six siblings, Terrence, Bernetta, Jr., Jack, Yvonne and Bill.
Roger was “graduated” from high school and served two years in the Navy. After returning from deployment, Roger met Joyce, his wife of 65 years, at the Richmond roller-skating rink, and they’ve not known life without each other since.
In 1966, Roger and Joyce moved to Hendersonville, Tennessee with their two daughters, Teresa and Kim. Later they settled on their hundred acre farm in Portland, Tennessee where he spent the next 42 years training and racing quarter and thoroughbred racehorses.
His family grew into 4 grandsons, Travis, Justin, Josh and Kyle, granddaughter, Jessica, great granddaughter, Holland and countless honorary children and grandchildren who Roger embraced and invited into his family.
Roger’s siblings will remember him for falling asleep at the wheel; his wife will remember him for three kisses when he left on a trip; his daughters will remember him for his hatred of red winter coats; his grandkids will remember him for the wisdom he shared during long truck rides; we will all remember him for the seam in his blue jeans and contagious smile.
Roger passed on September 18, 2020. He will be celebrated at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home White House on Monday, September 21st from 4-8pm and put to rest on Tuesday, September 22nd at 2pm.

23 Comments to Roger J Anderson

  1. Ivan Monterroza
    September 20, 2020 1:21 am

    My deepest condolence on your lost and sending prayers during this difficult time

  2. Linda Freese
    September 20, 2020 7:32 am

    Such a kind ,funny big hearted man he will be missed

    • Jeff goodman
      September 21, 2020 4:43 pm

      Sorry for your loss from the goodman family!! My dad loved roger!! Their ole 870 horses had some great races back in the day!! Coyote and the Tennessean!! My dads horse was the charge account!!

  3. Summer Welch
    September 20, 2020 9:29 am

    I’m so sorry to hear this. Your grandaddy was an amazing man. Your family is in my prayers. Please call if there’s anything we can do. Prayers for peace and understanding.

  4. Amanda (Hampton) Crumby
    September 20, 2020 10:00 am

    So sorry for the loss of a great man! My uncle also birthday twin! You will be greatly missed! I’ll definitely miss your little jokes and your laughter when you got to see me when I’d visit from Indiana.

  5. Kay Sullivan
    September 20, 2020 5:52 pm

    So sorry to hear of Roger’s passing.

  6. Keith Renfro
    September 20, 2020 6:21 pm

    So sorry to hear. Prayers for the Anderson family

  7. Jay Spurlock ( The Spurlock Family)
    September 20, 2020 10:23 pm

    What an amazing man! Thought so much of Roger. Two great men and horseman gone this year. I know him and my late father, John, are talking horses as we speak! So sorry for your loss and prayers for the entire family! Love y’all!❤️🙏

  8. Sharon Bush
    September 21, 2020 9:45 am

    So sad to hear the news. Love you all and prayers. I know he will be so missed.

  9. Jeffrey Buntin
    September 21, 2020 9:57 am

    One of the finest men I have ever known. Always positive, fit, working and sharing. I spent many Saturdays sitting in his barn watching the kind and gentle way he handled the horses. He was once described wrongly as a small track trainer. In reality he was a world class trainer. He competed with the best and beat the best. Nothing was ever small track about Roger. A neighbor and a friend who will be missed. Glad he is now out of the starting gate on a new track. God bless….

  10. Charlie and Becky
    September 21, 2020 11:25 am

    We were so privileged to be part of Rogers “honorary family”….Roger and Charlie were always planning on damming the creek and starting a fishing pay lake….just one of the many jokes and conversations that it was so easy to have with Roger. There will never be a kinder gentleman. My heart goes out to Joyce, Teresa and Kim, your wonderful Children. We miss all of you……..ps Teresa my Mother said to be sure to share ..she is praying for all of you.

  11. terry wayne mangrum
    September 21, 2020 11:28 am

    To Joyce,Theresa, and Kim. My sincest Sympethy to you and all your family. Roger was one of the most kind men you could ever meet. A great family man who always put them first in his prioritys. A very hard working man his whole career and always did any chore that needed to be done when it came to his horses. It was an honer and priviledge to have known and worked with him.He always over looked everyone,s short coming ,and always had some money for those in need. I was lucky enough to work with him a short time,and was a mess at the time.He never once didn,t overlook my faults. The world lost one of the finest men I ever met.I,m sure he will be missed by alot of people. So sorry for your loss.God rest his soul.

  12. Becky Russell
    September 21, 2020 1:02 pm

    My heart and prayers go out to the family. He was such a good man.

  13. Bill and Mary Ann Arnett
    September 21, 2020 2:47 pm

    Bill and I want to send our condolences to Roger’s family. My first thought was he was a man with honor in his heart. Very special man. Will be missed by many. Prayers for all.

  14. Gale Nethery
    September 21, 2020 3:05 pm

    I loved and respected him so much . He was like a father to me at the racetrack. I always went to him for advice about life and my horses. He was one of the good guys.

  15. Randy Bertram
    September 21, 2020 3:09 pm

    I was deeply saddened to hear the news of Rogers passing. I have known the entire Anderson “clan “ for probably 55 years . Roger was the first trainer my dad ever sent a racehorse to in 1965 .
    I worked with his dad Fred and his brother Terrance as a young man in the construction business .
    I had the good fortune to be traveling to Florida a couple of years ago , connected with him for a hearty breakfast and some much overdue reminiscing at the Cracker Barrel to his home .
    Much love to the family in this time of sorrow

  16. Duane Swingley
    September 21, 2020 3:38 pm

    Roger was a great friend and mentor..great family man and great horseman my heart goes out to Joyce and the girls we will all miss him.

  17. Tina LaRue
    September 21, 2020 4:28 pm

    I’m sorry to hear this I love him like a dad lots of respect did his pony work at Ellis Park sending prayers for all 🙏

  18. Ken Lejeune
    September 21, 2020 5:53 pm

    The Charge Account’s jock, Ken LeJeune, and Carey send our deepest regards to the Anderson family. Great horseman.

  19. Dennis Sidener
    September 21, 2020 6:52 pm

    As a young guy, I worked for Roger a couple years in the 70’s. Think of him often when I use his knowledge on a horse or when I use some of the lessons he taught about life. I was really proud when I mastered his ability to fall asleep when the truck door closed.

  20. Lynn Cornett
    September 21, 2020 7:48 pm

    My deepest condolences to Teresa and Kim. My dad ,Dan (Dapper) Thompson did a many a horse deals with the Andersons. Teresa, I havent seen you since Parr Meadows on Long Island but I know the love you had for your Daddy. Hang in there.. Yall will be united again and talk a many a horse tales..

  21. DEL AND MARGARET KEELING
    September 21, 2020 11:04 pm

    ROGER WAS A LIFE LONG FRIEND TO OUR FAMILY! AND ALL HIS FAMILY ARE IN MY PRAYERS! WE HAVE KNOWN HIM AND HIS FAMILY AND WE FEEL YOUR LOSS! OUR HEARTS WILL BE THERE WITH YOU THROUGH THIS TIME AND WE SO WISH WE COULD BE THERE TO SAY GOODBYE! BUT AGE AND DISTANCE DOES NOT MAKE THAT POSSIBLE! PRAYERS FOR JOYCE, TRESA AMD CIME! WITH OUR LOVE FOR THE WHOLE ANDERSON FAMILY!

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