Roy W. Anderson, 84, died on Friday, Jan. 30, 2009. He was born in Gilbertsville, Ky., (near Paducah) on Sept. 10, 1924. Mr. Anderson was a Southern Baptist minister for almost 50 years and was a member of Rowe's Chapel Baptist Church of Caraway. He lived in the Grand Blanc, Mich., area and worked for General Motors Buick Division for 38 years retiring in 1988. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran, serving in the Pacific Theater.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Luther and Ailcy Anderson; his first wife, Mary Louise Anderson; their son, Ronald Anderson, 9 months old; a brother, Raymond Anderson; sisters, Emma Stevens and Mirtie Wallace.
Survivors include his wife, Gladys Anderson of the home; son and wife, Skip and Chris Anderson of Palm Coast, Fla.; a daughter and husband, Susie and Chuck Farley of Jonesboro; stepson and wife, Brian and Kim Adams of Powell, Tenn.; a step-daughter and husband, Robbie and Bill Davenport of Caraway; three brothers, Rudy Anderson and wife Laverna of Caraway, Rollie Anderson of Jenison, Mich., and Robert Anderson and wife Gwin of Caraway; grandchildren, Terri Wilber and husband Ray of Arvada, Colo., Suzanne Anderson of Phoenix, Ariz., Charles William Farley and wife Shannon of Jonesboro, Christina Allan and husband Frank of Palm Coast, Fla., Melissa Coles and husband Michael of Jonesboro, Michael Adams and wife Misty of Caraway, Tiffany Adams of Caraway and Heath Wallace of Jonesboro; great-grandchildren, Bailey Coles, Hunter Coles, Tristan Brain, Joshua Adams, Ethan Adams, Jordan Adams, Jacob Adams and Madison Adams.
A celebration of his life was held at 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 2, at Gregg Funeral Home Chapel in Jonesboro with Rev. Mike Tabor officiating. Graveside service was held at 3 p.m. at Egner Cemetery in Salado between Batesville and Salado on Highway 14, south of Batesville.
Pallbearers were Charles W. Farley, Michael Coles, Dairl Anderson, Brian Adams, Michael Adams and Heath Wallace.
Anyone wishing to make a memorial donation may do so to Hope Circle with NEA Charitable Foundation or Rowe's Chapel Baptist Church of Caraway.