Reneau Anders 1943-2022


Reneau Anders of Quitman passed away on Aug. 25, 2022 at age 79.

Reneau was born in Quitman on July 18, 1943 to Lucius and Elta Lee Anders. Shortly after, his family moved to Euless, where he spent the majority of his early years. While he spent two years of high school in Quitman, he eventually graduated from L.D. Bell High School in Hurst in 1961.

Reneau married his soulmate, Thelma (later TJ) on Nov. 23, 1963 and they settled in Euless where they began their family with the birth of Paige in 1967 and Jason in 1971. In 1976, the young family moved to Quitman where Reneau began his career in real estate, eventually becoming co-owner of Quitman Realty for over 40 years.

After settling in Quitman, Reneau and TJ quickly became active members of the community serving in volunteer roles in a number of local organizations. Having a talent for getting things accomplished, he quickly found himself in leadership roles on the Parent Teacher Organization, the school board, the inaugural Girls’ Little Dribblers League, the chamber of commerce, the Youth Foundation, and numerous Bulldog booster clubs. Even after their own children had graduated and were gone, Reneau and TJ continued to attend numerous high school sporting events, having kept the same season tickets for Bulldog football games since 1976.

In 1997, Reneau became Popa to his only grandchild, Maggie Lewiecki. As grandparents, he and TJ enjoyed many adventures with Maggie.

Reneau was preceded in death by his parents, Lucius and Elta Lee Anders; his brother, Gordon Anders; his grandson, Holden Anders Lewiecki; and his son-in-law, Stan Lewiecki. 

He is survived by his wife, TJ Anders of Quitman; his son, Jason Anders and fiancé Stacey Rinna of Arlington; his daughter, Paige Anders Lewiecki of Arlington; his granddaughter, Maggie Lewiecki and fiancé Sam Beckett of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and a host of extended family and friends.

A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, 2022 at Lowe-Gardner Funeral Home in Quitman with interment following at the Quitman Cemetery. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 at the funeral home.

Serving as pallbearers were Todd Williams, Jeff Butler, Scott Wallerich, Lee Howell, Jimmy Karanian, Ed Karanian and Robert Langhoff. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Johns, David Seago and Kenneth Williams.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to CS Food Pantry (PO Box 1116, Quitman, Texas 75783), an organization that was important to Reneau.