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Patrick Maxwell Anders, 54, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 18, 2022 at Alamance Regional Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born in Catawba County, North Carolina on January 27, 1968 to the late Ann Smith Anders and Billy Lee Anders, who survives.
Patrick was a litigation attorney who formerly worked with the Wishart, Norris Henninger & Pittman law firm in Burlington, NC and the Edgar & Paul Law Firm in Chapel Hill, NC. During his college years, Patrick worked at First Federal Savings and Loan in Burlington, NC. He graduated from Walter M. Williams High School in Burlington, NC in 1986 and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989. In 1993 he received his Juris Doctor degree from the UNC School of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he served on the Law Review. Patrick also was selected and served as Negotiating Team Member of the Holderness Moot Court Bench from 1992-1993.
During his years as an undergraduate and law student at Carolina in the late 80’s and early 90’s, Patrick was a deejay at UNC-Chapel Hill’s student radio station, WXYC 89.3 FM. He was instrumental in WXYC becoming the world’s first Internet radio simulcast, which subsequently earned the radio station a Gavin Award and a Jeopardy! question. He deejayed for KC of KC and the Sunshine Band during KC’s one-time appearance at a WXYC fundraising dance at the Cat’s Cradle in Chapel Hill, and he liked to say that “for that one night I was the Sunshine Band!” Patrick was also the stage emcee and a major creative force in an indie rock / country music band that released an album and toured on the East Coast.
Patrick was an avid Tar Heel fan, especially during basketball season. He loved sharing his knowledge and passion of music, movies, and cuisine, particularly Eastern-style NC barbecue. Patrick had a Twitter following of over 350,000 who loved to read his witty and knowledgeable writings. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Burlington.
Survivors in addition to his father, Bill Anders, include his wife, Neva Zinser of Westbrook, Connecticut; a brother, Jeffrey Anders; a sister, Amy Anders Jennings and her husband Nathan Jennings; a niece he absolutely adored, Millie Jennings, all of Burlington, NC; an Aunt, Joy Anders Bradley and her husband Larry Bradley of Weaverville, NC; his beloved fur baby, Martha the Labradoodle; and his best friends, Michael Shoffner, Bill Mazzella, and Mindy Stinner. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ann Smith Anders and his grandparents, George Alexis Smith, Ada Duncan Smith, William Jefferson Anders and Johnnie Henderson Anders.
Patrick’s family and friends will hold a private memorial service at a later date to celebrate his life.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Conservators Center, a sanctuary for endangered carnivores, at www.animalparknc.org (P.O. Box 882, Mebane, NC 27302) or to the charity of one’s choice. You may send condolences to www.lowefuneralhome.com.