Dave Chesterman Anderson, Jr.
Dave Chesterman Anderson, Jr., of Nashville, TN, died on Monday June 18, 2012 at the Alive Hospice Residence in Nashville surrounded by his immediate family, after two long term illnesses: five strokes in 2010 and pancreatic cancer from 6/30-2011 to 6/18/2012. Dave faced the bad luck of those illnesses with his characteristic valor and grace.
He was born in Richmond, VA, on December 20, 1939, the son of Marjorie Martin Anderson and Dave Chesterman Anderson, Sr., both of whom are previously deceased. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Marguerite Ferrell Anderson of Nashville, his daughter, Rachel Anderson McElhaney (James E. McElhaney, II), his grandchildren, James E. McElhaney, III, Sophie Ferrell McElhaney, Henry Chesterman McElhaney, and Hudson King McElhaney, all of whom reside in Murfreesboro, TN. Other survivors include his sister, Mary Anderson Martens (Steve),of Fredericksburg,VA, two brothers, Bev Anderson of Broadway and Edward Anderson of Harrisonburg. Also, surviving him are numerous beloved cousins, aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces.
Dave was a devoted son, grandson, brother, husband and father, as well as a loyal friend to many. His passions in life, following his dedication to his immediate and extended family members, included interests in sports, music, as well as lifelong self-directed study of history, psychology, politics, world literature, theology, philosophy. Besides teaching and playing tennis, he was an avid biker and hiker of the Appalachian Trail with Marguerite. In 1991, he participated in a four week Outward Bound Wilderness experience in Maine; and, in 1981, he and Marguerite entered and completed the Canadian National Marathon in Ottawa.
At an early age (second grade), Dave followed his interest in the violin and was soon playing in the Richmond, VA public school system’s children’s violin groups; and later, he became a member of the school system’s elementary and high school orchestras. He regularly played the violin during church services in the Methodist Church where his family held membership in Richmond, VA.
During his high school career at Thomas Jefferson High School in Richmond, he switched from the violin to the double bass and became proficient enough with his second instrument to earn a position in the VA “All-State Orchestra” for his junior and senior years. Dave said he switched from violin to double bass so he would not have to bring his stringed instrument home every weekend, as his parents required. During his under-graduate college days, he taught himself to play the guitar and he formed a folk music quartet which performed widely in Southwest VA for various venues desiring entertainment, singing all the popular folk songs of the 1950-60s eras. Dave also sang in the tenor section of the Emory and Henry College touring choir, The Concert Choir, a competitive position earned by an annual solo audition with the choir’s musical director.
He began to develop his athletic abilities in high school by participating in baseball, track and football, becoming so proficient in football that he was a member of VA All-state Football Teams during his 11th and 12th grade years. He was offered college athletic scholarships in football and chose to accept one from Emory and Henry College in Emory, VA; however; he was unlucky due to some physical injuries (brain concussions and shoulder dislocations) and was forced to give up his football team participation.
After his football disappointment, he plunged into his college studies for a BA in History and Philosophy, earning the academic ranking of #2 in his graduation class, membership in the college’s Academic Honor Society, noted in Who’s Who in American College and Universities, Prosecuting Attorney in Student Government (his Junior year) and President of the Student Body (his Senior year). Additionally, he was awarded the coveted and rarely awarded by a majority vote of the college professors, The Senior Service Medal for “Outstanding personal service to the college” upon his graduation in May, 1962.
Dave was a Danforth Foundation Fellowship runner-up, a Woodrow Wilson Scholarship runner-up, as well as a recipient of several academic scholarship offers for graduate study from the University of Pennsylvania, The University of North Carolina, The University of Virginia, and Vanderbilt University which he accepted in 1962 and moved to Nashville in August of that year and where he has lived for the last 50 years.
Dave had been a teaching Tennis Professional in Nashville since the 1960’s, having become a student of the game during his college days at Emory and Henry and graduate student days at Vanderbilt University where he worked on a PhD in Social and Intellectual History. He loved the challenge of tennis much more than the goal of becoming a doctorate degreed college professor, so he abandoned his graduate studies and became tennis pro at Richland Country Club, hired in 1965 by noted Nashvillian tennis competitor Ruthelia Buchi, and he joined the United States Professional Tennis Association in the late 1960’s.
During his long Teaching Tennis Professional career in Nashville, his clients ranged from elementary school children, high school tennis team coaching to adults of all ages and folks from all over middle Tennessee who would travel to Nashville for lessons with Dave. Some of his students qualify his teaching style as “a gentle patient teacher who often shared amusing stories with his pupils.” He coached the tennis team at Montgomery Bell Academy for four years while he also taught math and science at the academy. He enjoyed instructing multiple generations of numerous families, who love the game of tennis.
His wife Marguerite, daughter Rachel, son-in-law Jimmy and four grandchildren wish to express gratitude to the numerous family friends and students of Dave who have been immensely supportive and concerned about him over the past three years. Such love and emotional support provided him and his family with immeasurable sources of hope and peace.
A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, July 21, 2012, in Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, 7655 County Line Road, Charlotte Court House, Prince Edward Co., VA where generations of his Anderson ancestors, including his parents, are buried. His cremains will be interred in the church cemetery.
Family visitation will be held in Nashville at the Marshall, Donnelly, and Combs Funeral Home at 201-25th Ave., North, Nashville, TN 37203 from 1-4:00 P.M. on Saturday afternoon, June 23, 2012.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to the Currey Ingram Academy, 6544 Murray Lane, Brentwood, TN 37207, or Emory and Henry College, P.O. Box 947, Emory, VA 24327, or Alive Hospice of Nashville, 1718 Patterson St., Nashville, TN 37203.