Icon is a pretty strong word. It means “a person or thing widely admired especially for having great influence or significance in a particular sphere”.
Cooter Anderson was an icon. His “sphere” was Lake D’Arbonne country. He passed away Sunday. Cooter was most known as the owner and operator of Anderson’s Sporting Goods in Farmerville for a half century. But he was widely known in the community for a lot of other reasons.
He was always a joy to visit with, even when he hurt so bad he could hardly stand. One day I came in and he was in the back frying up a mess of whole fried bream somebody gave him. He insisted I eat a couple with a slice of white bread he pulled right off the shelf. I never ate any better. The only thing that ended our discussions of LSU football was some dad-gum customer coming in and interrupting us. And he always put them first.
Fortunately, the store has been remodeled and still serves area fishermen and residents in the capable hands of the Cobb family. I know he was glad to see that.
Here’s one of my favorite Cooter stories published in this website.