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Woodrow Anderson, Sr
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Birth: May 1, 1919
Yazoo City
Yazoo County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Apr. 8, 2005
Oak Ridge
Anderson County
Tennessee, USA

Woodrow Anderson Sr., 85, of Oak Ridge, died April 8, 2005, at his residence.

The oldest son of Dewey and Phyllis Anderson, he was born May 1, 1919, in Yazoo City, Miss.

His family later relocated to Lexington, Miss. Mr. Anderson moved to Oak Ridge in 1943 and assisted with the building process of the Manhattan Project. He served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a previous owner and operator of the Paradise Club that was once located in the Scarboro Community. He worked as a custodian prior to becoming disabled.

He was a member of Oak Valley Baptist Church in Oak Ridge and a member of the Oak Ridge Atomic Lodge No. 354. He loved his family and was always there for them, offering encouragement and Christian advice.

In addition to his parents, Dewey and Phyllis Anderson, Mr. Anderson was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Dewey Anderson; a sister, Alice Bee Anderson; and by two grandsons, Terry and Ronnie Patton.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys Anderson of Knoxville; his brother, Richard Anderson and wife, Robbie Mae; his sister, Fannie Ball; his sister-in-law, Vera Anderson of Oak Ridge; and aunt, O.Z. Dart of Jackson, Miss.

He is also survived by his children, Dorothy Patton and husband, Norris, of Jackson, Miss., Alice Anderson, James Anderson and wife, Delores, Vickie Thompson, and Kirk Brandon, all of Oak Ridge, Gloria Batiste and husband, Derrick, Phyllis Watts and husband, James, and Barbara Nance and husband, Morris, all of Knoxville, Woodrow Anderson Jr. and David Anderson, of Chattanooga; and daughter, Mary Martin and husband, Marcus, of Savannah, Ga.

Devoted grandchildren include Norris and Brian Patton, Shalonda Long Taylor and husband, Christopher, Kia Batiste, Shawn and Danielle, Benjamin, Johnisha, Jerome, Danielle, and Kenisha Anderson, Angel and Joseph Thompson, Morris and Joshua Nance, James Watts, and Renee and Jermaine Wilson.

Special nieces are Vernistine and Lakisha Anderson, Rayshell Booker, Shirley Kirk, Cornell Henderson, Catherine Gipson, and Anita Anderson Dotson. Special nephews are Timothy Kirk, Richard Whitt, Dewey Anderson Jr., William Alexander, and Eric Higgins.

Mr. Anderson is also survived by great-grandchildren TaShauntae Collins and Selena and Joseph Thompson V; and several nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends, including special friends Earleane Birt and Annabelle Jones.

Special thanks to Dr. Helen Vodopick, Covenant Health Hospice, and Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge third and fourth floor nursing staff, for their kindness and prayers.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2005, at Oak Valley Baptist Church, 199 Hampton Road in Oak Ridge, with the Rev. Hardil Thomas and the Rev. Darris Waters officiating.

The burial will be at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. The family will meet at the Anderson Home, 103 Wilberforce Ave. in Oak Ridge.

The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Scarboro Day Care Center, 148 Carver Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830, in memory of Woodrow Anderson Sr.

Unity Mortuary in Knoxville in charge of arrangements. A guest book is available online at

Published in The Oak Ridger, April 13, 2005 
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  Gladys Elizabeth Johnson Anderson (1933 - 2008)*
*Calculated relationship
Oak Ridge Memorial Park
Oak Ridge
Anderson County
Tennessee, USA
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Record added: Nov 17, 2009
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