Brian Matthew Anderson, age 60, of Houston, TX, formerly of White Sulphur Springs, WV, peacefully passed away on Thursday, September 10, 2020 in Houston, TX, surrounded by his loving family.
Born August 22, 1960 in Marlinton, WV, he was the son of the late Emery and Rosetta White Anderson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Dirk Anderson and Walter Anderson; and his father and mother-in-law, Judge Charles and Marjorie Lobban.
Brian was raised in White Sulphur Springs, WV, and graduated from Greenbrier East High School in 1978. He continued his education at West Virginia Institute of Technology where he received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. Shortly after graduating, he married the love of his life and better half, Lori Lynn Lobban. Work took him all around the country, starting in Lewisburg, WV, with ABB and ending in Houston, TX, with Orbital Gas. Brian’s first three children, Jordan, Mallori, and Levi, were all born in Huntington, WV. His fourth child, Alec, was born in Houston, TX.
Brian poured his heart and soul into his family. He was first and foremost a phenomenal husband. Brian and Lori shared a beautiful 34 years together. The two of them were a team through it all. No matter what life threw their direction, they remained a team. In sickness and in health, during the good and the bad, they were there for each other and always had each other’s best interests at heart.
Brian wore many different hats. He was a husband, father, coach, mentor, engineer, etc. He loved learning new things and working on projects around the house. If there was something he didn’t know, he would figure it out. He was absolutely fascinated by science and space. He was a chemical engineer specializing in instrumentation and analyzers for 37 years. He also spent his Saturday nights with his wife and kids as a coach at a parent’s night out program for many years. He was a member of the United Methodists Church.
Brian supported his children in every fashion of life; they were his light and his world. He instilled his love for chemical engineering in Jordan. He would stay up late nights working on homework and talking about life with Mallori. He would travel to every gymnastics meet with Levi. He would sit and watch television in his La-Z-Boy and solve Rubik’s Cubes with Alec. He played basketball with his boys up until his last days. No matter what it was, if his kids were doing it… he was doing it.
Brian was an absolute beacon of light to everyone he encountered throughout his life. Always teaching how to see the positive in life and finding a way to make a joke at everything. He had a presence of peace as he handled every life situation with the calmest of attitudes. Brian’s legacy will continue on through his wife and children.
Survivors include his loving wife, Lori Lynn Lobban Anderson of Houston, TX; four children, Jordan Anderson of Midland, TX, Mallori Anderson of Morgantown, WV, Levi Anderson of Houston, TX, and Alec Anderson of Houston, TX; his brother, Rodney Anderson of White Sulphur Springs, WV; sister-in-law, Lizabeth Rogers of Alderson, WV; two brothers-in-law, Charley Lobban of Alderson, WV, and Dr. Johnny Lobban and his wife, Krista, of Morgantown, WV; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held and live streamed on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 2 p.m. at the Cypress-Fairbanks Funeral Home in Houston, TX. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Brian will be laid to rest in the Alderson Cemetery in Alderson, WV at a later date. For live stream on Sunday, please visit https://www.cyfairfunerals.com/tributes/Brian-Anderson.
For those considering an expression of sympathy, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Brian’s honor to the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, WVU Foundation, P.O. Box 1650, Morgantown, WV 26507, give.wvu.edu, or the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics, College Gymnastics Association, collegegym.org.
Online condolences and memories may be shared with the Anderson family at www.cyfairfunerals.com or www.lobbanfh.com.
Arrangements by Cypress-Fairbanks Funeral Home, Houston, Texas and Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson, WV.