OBITUARY: Byron ‘Buster’ Gray Anderson Jr.


Byron “Buster” Gray Anderson, Jr. passed away ironically on June 6th, the 80th Anniversary of The Normandy Invasion that served as a pre-cursor to the Allies World War II’s victory in the European Theatre of War.

Buster was a second-generation veteran as was his father Byron, Sr. who made his life a career in the U.S. Army and eventually served as The Sergeant Major of the Army. Buster was an infantry sergeant, leading his squad with the same professionalism and expertise that he carried throughout his life.

Buster is preceded in death by his parents, Byron Anderson, Sr., and Jean B. Anderson; sister, Joyce Marie Anderson; brothers, Steve Anderson and Eddie Anderson.

He is survived by sons, Byron “Gary” Anderson, III (Maranda) and Steve Anderson; stepdaughter, Danielle Daniel; grandchildren, Faith Anderson and Austin Jacobia; nieces, Emma Bradley, Tiffany Anderson, Angel Anderson, Caitlyn Bley, and Elora Nolte; nephew, Brandon Anderson; sister-in-law, Menna Anderson; and dear friend and business partner, David Owen, the Owen family, and his entire NASTC family.

Buster was co-founder and Executive Vice President of The National Association of Small Trucking Companies (NASTC) founded in 1989. Fellow co-founder and President of NASTC, David Owen shared the following with NASTC’s 13,400 member-company owners following Buster’s passing:

“Words cannot possibly convey on paper the sadness, and loss as we share the news of Buster Anderson’s untimely passing. His death followed an operation that would have extended his time with us and unfortunately, his weakened heart condition failed to support his recovery.

To say that Buster will be missed is a gross understatement. The Anderson family, the Owen family, the NASTC family, and the entire driver community has lost its most ardent supporter, mentor, and cheerleader.

Buster was my friend, business partner, and confidant for 39 years dating back to 1985. We both were top producers at the Nashville based company, Comdata Network. When I decided to leave to start the NASTC company, I told my wife, “I sure do wish I could find Buster Anderson.” He had left Comdata some two years prior. Two days later, May 16, 1989, my wife answered a random telemarketing call from a man selling Carpet Cleaning Services, and his name was Buster! Bonnie recognized his voice, we got together, and NASTC was born. We recognize this as just the first of hundreds of miracles that have come our way since.

There would be no NASTC without Buster Anderson and he is irreplaceable and will be incredibly missed.”

Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 1:30 p.m. at Hendersonville Funeral Home 353 E. Main Street Hendersonville, Tennessee.


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