|Birth: ||Jun. 16, 1912|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Nov. 18, 2012|
Oblie Anderson Willis was born June 16, 1912 in Newberry, S.C. to the late Oscar and Ellie Smith. She was the 3rd child of 13. Her early primary education was in Saluda.
Oblie was a faithful member of Bible Way Baptist Church on New Jersey Ave., Washington, D.C. Later she joined Evangel Cathedral when it was located on Rhode Island Avenue. She lived on Saratoga Ave.
Oblie met and married Roosevelt Anderson in the early 1930s. Out of this union James E. Anderson was born. Later she met and married Flemming Willis who worked as a Pullman Porter. This union allowed Oblie to do what she loved most and that was traveling. She visited California, Mexico, Florida, Hawaii, and after Mr. Willis and she were parted by his death in 1971, Oblie completed her major traveling venture by going to the Holy land in Jerusalem.hion
Oblie was very high fashion oriented. In other words wherever she went she dressed for "High Society." In fact in her later years she was employed at Woodworth and Lothrop located on F. Street, Washington, D. C.; later Woodies in Iverson Mall in Temple Hills, Md.
Oblie was very independent. In 1997 James became concerned about her aging and she was concerned about his eating. They decided that she should move closer to him. She moved to The Meadows Senior Citizens apartments in Colonial Beach until suffering a stroke on Dec. 21, 2012.
From then on James watched over his mother like a hawk. He along with professional aides provided Oblie with the best quality care possible until the day of her departure from this existence, Nov. 18, 2012.
Yes, Oblie led a most interesting life, which included serving as a juror on the trial of the infamous Mary Treadwell (ex-wife of former Mayor Marion Berry) in 1983, a trial involving defrauding and conspiracy where she was sequestered for three weeks, and the family did not know her location.
However, we all have one final memory, as well as, a great moment where her son, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister, and many others came together on June 16, 2012 to celebrate her 100th birthday.
Oblie is survived by her son, James E. Anderson Sr.; two sisters, Mabel Williams Whack and Miriam Short; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services were held on Nov. 29 at Marshall-March Funeral Home of Maryland, Suitland, Md. Pastor Joseph Haden Sr. officiated. Interment followed in the Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, Suitland, Md. Pallbearers were James E. Anderson Jr., Joe Russell, Vincent Lee, Marlon Wharton Jr., Aaron Lee, and Frank Edwards. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Hill and Marcus Wharton.
Funeral services were entrusted to Marshall-March Funeral Home of Maryland, Suitland, Md.
Obituary from the Westmoreland News, Montross, VA., December 6, 2012.
Lincoln Memorial Cemetery
Prince George's County
Created by: GJ
Record added: Jan 13, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 103485814