Cemetery Service for Terry Anderson’s Brother
BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) _ The ashes of Glenn R. Anderson Jr., brother of Middle East hostage Terry Anderson, were interred Wednesday between the graves of his parents.
About a dozen family members attended the private service at Grandview Cemetery, just a few miles from where Anderson spent much of his life.
Anderson, 46, made a deathbed plea last week from a Batavia hospital for the release of his brother, the chief Middle East correspondent for The Associated Press who was abducted in Lebanon on March 16, 1985.
The videotape was aired most recently on Lebanese state television Tuesday.
Anderson, 38, is among five Americans believed held by the Islamic Holy War, a fundamentalist sect of the Shiite Moslems.
Glenn Anderson died of lung cancer Saturday on an ambulance plane while flying to Ocala, Fla., to spend his final days at his home. His body was cremated, and memorials were held Monday at Ocala and Tuesday in Batavia.
At the Batavia service, Anderson’s sister, Peggy Say, who has been the chief family spokesman in the struggle to win freedom for Terry Anderson, spoke in a sometimes choked voice to about 100 family members and friends.
″Each member of our family has shown strength and courage beyond what any of us should be reasonably expected to display during our lifetime,″ she said. But Glenn, she said, showed ″a special brand of courage.″
She recalled how her mother died 10 years ago while undergoing an operation she knew she wouldn’t survive. Glenn Anderson Sr., 69, died of cancer Feb. 15.
Glenn Jr. had cancer at 15 and wasn’t expected to live, but he survived, only to be stricken by Hodgkin’s disease, a lymph cancer, in his early 20s, she said.
With chemotherapy he overcame that, too, because he ″willed himself to live. But finally he faced a battle he was destined not to win,″ Mrs. Say said. The Rev. Thomas W. Vickers, pastor of Bethany Center Baptist Church, gave family members final messages from Glenn Jr. during the half-hour service.
″He asked me to say, ’Peggy, don’t quit. Bring Terry home,‴ the pastor said.
Glenn Anderson Jr. is survived by his wife, Jean; seven children; two grandchildren; two sisters; and three brothers.
In his taped message last week, he said: ″My father died of cancer waiting to see Terry. He did not see him. Now I have cancer, and I made a vow I would not die until I saw Terry. That vow is very close to an end. Please release him. I wish to see him one more time. Please release him. Thank you.″
Mrs. Say, who obtained a visa last week to visit Lebanon, has said she hopes to meet with Lebanese President Amin Gemayel. No date for the trip has been set.
The other Americans being held hostage are: William Buckley, 58, a political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut; the Rev. Lawrence Martin Jenco, 51, a Roman Catholic priest from Joliet, Ill.; David Jacobsen, 54, administrator of American University Hospital; and Thomas Sutherland, 55, acting dean of agriculture at the American University of Beirut.