Deacon James Henry Anderson who transitioned to Glory with his Savior on January 4, 2021, was born on January 25, 1931, in Gum Spring, Arkansas, to the late William Boyd Anderson and Laura Louise McDaniel. He was one of seven siblings: Lizzie Bell Anderson (d), William Bud Anderson (d), Charles Masio Anderson (d), R.C. Anderson (d), David "Dave" Anderson (d), and Ernestine Anderson.
Deacon James was educated in the Arkansas School System. He enlisted into the U.S. Army on March 28, 1953, and was Discharged with Honors on April 20, 1956, having served during the Korean War. He was married to Dorothy Jean Gathright on December 14, 1956. Out of that union were born a son and daughter, Curtis D. Anderson and Denise L. Harris.
Deacon Anderson, fondly known as ‘Kush’, had a dynamic “Gift of Gab” with a real sense of humor. On the flip side, he could be as “mean as a barracuda” with a sharp tongue. His pastimes included fishing/deep-sea fishing and boating, and he was an avid NBA fan. He would readily give the shirt off of his back and often considered others more readily than himself. He was a true “Exhorter” who was friendly, pure in heart, charming, free-hearted, and one who absolutely loved the LORD. His favorite Bible passage was Psalm 91, which he quoted twice daily.
Deacon Anderson served faithfully in the following churches over the years: Life Church, South Bend, IN (current); Mt. Moriah Baptist Church (AR), Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church (MI), and Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church (IN).
Deacon Anderson leaves to mourn his loss and to celebrate his life: sister, Ernestine Anderson; children: Curtis D. Anderson (Denise O. Anderson) and Denise L. Harris (Bobby Harris); grandchildren: Anderson (Lauren, Kohlbe, and Jennifer), Teague (Fonshay and Shante); and Harris (Danielle and Deanna); great-grandchildren: Breya Easton, Railey Harris, and Masai Teague; friends: Marty Orr, Pas Larrie Bell, Bis Theodis Rucker; a host of loved ones, church family and friends.
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