Charles E. Anderson Jr., 57

Auto body shop owner

March 06, 2007

Charles E. Anderson Jr., a former Hampden auto body shop owner and businessman, died Wednesday of non-Hodgkins lymphoma at his Rodgers Forge home. He was 57.

Mr. Anderson was born in Baltimore and raised in Parkville. After graduating from Parkville High School in 1967, he attended the University of Baltimore.

For more than two decades, until he closed the business in the 1980s, Mr. Anderson owned and operated First Class Body Shop in Hampden. He later managed the body shop departments of Chesapeake Cadillac, Wilkins Buick and Anderson Automotive Group.

He was an automotive consultant to director Barry Levinson during the filming of his movies Diner and Tin Men in Baltimore.

"He directed the preparation and painting of numerous period-correct cars that were used in the films," said Mr. Anderson's wife of 36 years, the former Patricia Dockman.

In 2001, Mr. Anderson established Cuppa Cabana Coffee Shop at 32nd and St. Paul streets in Charles Village. He also invented and manufactured the Karrier Kart, a type of cart used to deliver newspapers, and was an abstract expressionist artist working in oils and other media.

He was a member of Grace Fellowship Church in Timonium, where services were held yesterday.

Also surviving are two sons, Adam Anderson and Daniel Anderson, both of Baltimore; three daughters, Anita M. Marsh and Emily B. Brewster, both of Rodgers Forge, and Megan Prue of Baltimore; his mother, Anita Anderson of Perry Hall; a brother, Richard C. Anderson of Perry Hall; four sisters, Jeanne Rinaldi of New Freedom, Pa., Norma Stinchecum of Lewes, Del., Leslie Taylor of Perry Hall and Donna Bates of Kalamazoo, Mich.; and four grandchildren.

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