Years of service

There were a number of dignitaries on hand to recognize James “Jim” L. Anderson Jr. middle, next to his wife, Vicki, for his lifetime contributions to Aransas County. Joining, back row from left, County commissioners Jack Chaney, Bubba Casterline, Aransas County Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills, and Commissioner Charles Smith, are, middle row, from left, Aransas County Court-at-law Judge Richard Bianchi, retired 156th District Judge Joel Johnson, 156th District Judge Patrick Flanigan, and retired 36th District Judge Ronald Yeager.

James “Jim” L. Anderson Jr., 10 years after retiring as county attorney, was honored with a proclamation from the Aransas County Commissioners’ Court. The proclamation recognized, acknowledged, and profusely thanked Anderson “for his lifetime contributions to Aransas County in selflessly serving our community.”

The courtroom was standing room only at the commissioners’ meeting Monday, July 22. Judges at different levels, those who worked with Anderson, members of law enforcement, and friends and family packed the room.

“I’d like to think everyone is here today to see me, but I know that’s not the case,” joked Aransas County Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills.

Anderson graduated from St. Mary’s Law School in San Antonio in 1969 with a jurisprudence in law, and passed the State bar that same year.

He practiced law in San Antonio, and moved to Rockport in 1974. Anderson was elected county attorney in 1976. In 1978 he went into partnership with Bill Walston and bought Rockport Abstract & Title Company.

Anderson broke his neck in a tragic accident in 1982, becoming a quadriplegic. He returned to his law practice, the title company, and maintained his position as Aransas County attorney.

He married Vicki Culver in 1984. They celebrated their 35th anniversary in January.

County officials sought his advice on many matters after he retired due to his vast knowledge, understanding, and rapid comprehension of the intricacies and protocols of county government, and legal issues.

“It was an honor to serve you,” said Anderson.

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