Algon Cyrus Anderson passed away on April 12, 2019, at the age of 99 at his daughters home. He was born Dec. 24, 1919, in Quitman, Louisiana. Algon came to Tuolumne County in 1945. At the time he was a welder. The Lumber Mill had burnt down and he helped to rebuild it. He then continued to work there for 19 years. He then moved to Cloverdale, where he married his wife of 47 years, Helen. Helen passed away in 2012 and Algon then moved back to Tuolumne County to live with his daughters.
Algon was very proud and pleased when Chris Bateman featured his life story in the Friends and Neighbors magazine. His story was called “I was a Teenage Hobo.” Because of the poverty in his teenage years, he was concerned with people who needed help. He managed the food bank and homeless shelter in Cloverdale for many years.
Algon was a Southern Baptist deacon for more than 50 years. He helped found the Southern Baptist Church in Tuolumne. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge beginning in the Tuolumne in 1957.
Algon is survived by his three daughters; Darlene Story of Jamestown, Marlene Miller of Jamestown and Earlene (Leroy) Keller of Sonora. He has five stepchildren, Shirley (Ron) Siebert of Cloverdale, Ronald (Linda) Sharp of Las Vegas, Jodie (Don) Moore of Cloverdale, Carol (Phil) Williams of Eugene Oregon, Becky Holm of Cloverdale; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by five brothers and one sister, his wife Helen, stepson Gary Sharp and granddaughter Kim Davis.