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Longtime Lee circuit court clerk dies

April 4th, 2014 10:31 pm by Wes Bunch

Longtime Lee  circuit court clerk dies

BEVERLY ANDERSON

JONESVILLE — Lee County's long-serving circuit court clerk died Thursday morning following complications from a stroke she suffered last week.

Beverly Ann Rogers Anderson, 65, of Pennington Gap's Hickory Flats community, was being treated at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport at the time of her death.

Anderson served as court clerk for the past 10 years, and was a Lee County public servant for a total of 36 years.

After more than two decades working as a deputy court clerk, Anderson was elected to her post in 2004. Anderson won by a large margin despite running as an Independent against nominees from the Republican and Democratic parties. Her election made her Lee County's first female circuit court clerk.

Those who knew Anderson described her as a model public servant who cared for Lee County and its citizens.

"Beverly Anderson's story is one of the great success stories of Lee County," said Lee County Commonwealth's Attorney Shawn Hines, who had worked at the courthouse with Anderson since 2000. "After spending many years as a deputy clerk and then rising to the top position, she was always humble and genuine and treated everyone with respect and dignity.

"She was the archetype of a public official who worked hard at her job and put the people she served first."

Anderson was on the job as recently as last week but was reportedly hospitalized March 29 after suffering a stroke.

As a result of her death, Deputy Court Clerk Rene Speck will take over as acting clerk for the Lee County Circuit Court. Speck is expected to be sworn in to the interim position sometime next week.

Because Anderson was elected to serve until December 2015, a special election will be held this fall to fill the position for the final year of her eight-year term.

A native of Lee County, Anderson was born in Pennington Gap on Nov. 20, 1948, to Thurman Rogers and Ann Rogers Mullins.

Anderson was preceded in death by her father, her brother, Gregory Lynn Rogers, and a niece, Amanda Rogers.

She is survived by her mother, who lives in Pennington's Puckett Creek community, her son, Thurman Jerome "T.J." Anderson, three daughters, Rene Lamey and husband Emeel, Michelle Anderson and Haley Anderson, and her brother, Barry Rogers and his wife Lucy, all of Pennington Gap, and three sisters, Norma Woliver and husband Jerry, of Pennington Gap, Cleta Kennedy and husband John of St. Charles and Sharon Kimberlin and husband Denny of Hickory Flats.

Funeral services for Anderson will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at Jonesville United Methodist Church in Jonesville. Lane Pennington will preside over the service. Visiting hours will be held at the church from 2 p.m. until funeral services begin.

Graveside services for Anderson will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Pennington Memorial Cemetery on Highway 421 in Pennington Gap. The Lee County Sheriff's Office will provide an honor guard for Anderson.

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