Construction Company Founder Dead at Age 82

Fri April 29, 2011 - Southeast Edition

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) Roy Anderson Jr., who founded the Roy Anderson Corporation in 1955 and managed its growth into one of the Southeast’s largest building contractors, has died. He was 82.

Officials at Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home said Anderson died at his Gulfport home April 20.

Over the years, Anderson expanded the company’s construction work into casinos, government buildings, schools and health care facilities.

Anderson was a Georgia Tech graduate of 1951 and served as a pilot in the Korean War. He opened his construction company after returning home.

Anderson’s son, Roy Anderson III, is now president and chief executive officer of the company, which is licensed in 13 states. It has offices in Birmingham, Jackson, New Orleans and Pensacola, Fla., and is headquartered in Gulfport.