Pastor Leo Anderson, Sr., 71, of Orange, passed away Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Southeast Texas Medical Center in Port Arthur.

Born in Orange, on July 29, 1940, Rev. Leo Anderson was the son of Rev. Ira Daniel Anderson and Marie (Smith) Anderson.

The time has come to celebrate the life and legacy of this wonderful man of God. From the beginning of his ministry with his healing from a speech impediment at the age of 14, until the final moments of his life here on earth, Rev. Anderson lived as an example of a true Christian. His ministry has touched the life of thousands of people in the 57 years he served God as an Apostolic Pentecostal minister.

Rev. Anderson’s impact on the Orange, community will never be forgotten as he pastored here for over 33 years and ministered in a multitude of capacities. From his always uplifting spirit to his love for people, Rev. Anderson will live on through his good will and deeds he bestowed upon all of us who knew him.

Preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters, Leo is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ivalyn Anderson; three sons, Anthony Bryan Anderson of Katy, Leo Daniel Anderson, Jr. and wife, Evangeline of Tampa, FL, and Jarrod Delon Anderson and wife, Doralee of Groves.

He is also survived by his nine grandchildren, Senior Airman Jessica Michelle Anderson, Andrew Preston Anderson, Landon Nathaniel Anderson, Cayden Daniel Anderson, Kinley Briann Anderson, Benjamin Daniel Anderson, Ethan Jarrod Anderson, Rachel Ann Anderson and Emily Grace Anderson; four brothers, Rev. Leon Anderson, Rev. Glenn Anderson, Rev. Douglas Anderson, and Otis Anderson; and two sisters, Micky Lorenze and Pat Thompson.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, at First United Pentecostal Church in Orange. Officiating will be the Rev. Charles Braneff of First Apostolic Church in Dequincy. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Orange.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

Serving as Pallbearers will be James Rainwater, Doug Anderson, Glenn Anderson, Andrew Anderson, Ethan Anderson and James Gosnell.