Jerry L. Anderson, 73, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma passed away on May 3, 2021.
Jerry Lewis Anderson was born to Elsa (Gray) and Jim B. Anderson on April 13, 1948, in Trinity, Texas. Jerry graduated from Angleton High School in 1966 and James Connally Technical Institute of Texas A&M in 1968, studying Building Construction. Jerry began his long and respected career in construction in Odessa, Texas. Jerry moved to Norman, Oklahoma in 1970, where he raised his two daughters, Christie (Anderson) Reaves and Carrie (Anderson) Lowrie. Jerry was active in all of his daughters’ activities, including coaching their sports teams and traveling to their competitions and games.
Over the past 50 years in Oklahoma, Jerry worked for various local construction companies as a construction estimator, project manager, and later a consultant. At one in his career, he owned and operated his own business, Area Builders. Some of his most notable projects were the horse barns at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, the Oklahoma City Zoo, Langston University, and Texas A&M. Jerry was also passionate about implementing the Student’s Site Safety Program through MAPS for Kids and strongly advocated for the inclusion of safe rooms in all new construction for Oklahoma schools and the inclusion of safe rooms in renovation plans for all school remodels. Jerry finished his career as a consultant for the state of Oklahoma. Many sought out Jerry’s construction expertise, giving him the opportunity to work with several local architects and other professionals in the industry and to mentor many others in the construction field. Along the way, he made many good friends and was a respected voice in a vast and changing industry. As with the rest of the world during this past year, Jerry became adept at using Zoom to attend business meetings remotely on various construction projects where he was lending his expertise as a consultant. Jerry loved his work, and it was reflected in all that he did.
As a human being, Jerry was a kind and gentle soul. He loved and cared deeply for all those in his circle. He worried about everyone but himself, caring for all of us until his last breath. He would do anything he could to help his family, his friends, his family’s friends, and generally, anyone that needed help. Jerry’s integrity, work ethic, and dependability were beyond reproach, and when he gave his word, it meant something. If you were lucky enough to know Jerry, you know that he had a great sense of humor and loved a good laugh. He was an excellent golfer and a talented guitar player and singer. Jerry was also a big fan of Texas A&M sports.
His parents and his brother Richard F. Anderson, all of Angleton, Texas, preceded Jerry in death. Jerry is survived by his longtime partner, Cookie Lee, their dog, Sterling T, and their cat, Braveheart, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; his sister Anna Fitzgerald of Rosenberg, Texas; his daughters, Christie Reaves, husband Travis, of Killeen, Texas, and Carrie Lowrie, husband Brian, of Midwest City, Oklahoma; Kimberly Lane of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; his three granddaughters, Megan Lowrie of Midwest City, Oklahoma, Carter (Reaves) Beasley, husband Brodey, of Killeen, Texas, and Kate Lowrie of Midwest City, Oklahoma; his three grandsons, Trace Reaves, wife Anne Claire, of Midland, Texas, Cooper Reaves of Killeen, Texas, and Tatum Reaves of Killeen, Texas; his great-granddaughter, Emery Claire Beasley of Killeen, Texas; his niece, Sheila Ramsey, husband Clint and their children, of Bay City, Texas; his nephew, Jeff Bynum, wife Lori and their children, of Mesquite, Texas; and a host of friends and colleagues, especially his dear friends, Randy England and Mark Ham.
As per Jerry’s wishes, there will be no funeral service, and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jerry’s honor to Integris Hospice House in Oklahoma City. https://integrisok.com/locations/hospice-and-home-care/integris-hospice-in-okc/about/donations