Despite oppositions, Anders successfully served the people of Mineral Wells for more than 40 years. He had a heart for children, Garrett said, most notably putting on summer camps. He assisted people with substance abuse issues, assisted the homeless and ran a daily food program.
In 2008, Anders was recognized by the Mineral Wells Index as the “Man of the Year,” an award that many believed to be long overdue. But Anders didn't do it for the glory.
"Levon was one of the most unselfish people I ever met,” Darlene Garrett said. “He spent his life taking care of other people. Levon was not interested in gaining recognition for himself. I don't think he ever gave up on anyone. He was a true believer.”
“The Bible says if you want to be great in the kingdom, you must become a servant,” Holliman said. “Levon was a servant to the poor and downtrodden. I don't know if his objective was to be great, I just know he wanted to be somewhere in the Lord's presence when he left this side of eternity. He did a wonderful job for people.”
Anders meant everything to the community, Darlene Garrett said.
“I don't know what will happen now, when you lose your leader, you are at a loss for where you will go,” she added. “We have had dreams of building the community center – Levon was the leader on that. Without his direction and leadership, I just don't know if we will accomplish this. There was nobody like Levon.”
"For the past four decades, Levon has done charitable work for people who would have otherwise fallen through the cracks,” Phil Garrett said. “If all the people that Levon helped lined the streets between his church and the cemetery, not only would both sides of the street be full, but probably two or three people deep.”
His funeral is slated for Friday at 11 a.m. at Mt. Hermon First Baptist Church, where Anders served as a deacon.