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James Paul Anderson

  • Birth 6 Oct 1935 Jackson County, Tennessee, USA
  • Death 8 Jun 2002 Cookeville, Putnam County, Tennessee, USA
  • Burial Gainesboro, Jackson County, Tennessee, USA
  • Memorial ID 39199796

Services Wednesday for Man Who Preached Thousands of Funerals

James Paul Anderson of Gainesboro, who has preached thousands of funerals here over the years and was known for his kindness and humility, died Saturday in Cookeville Regional Hospital at the age of 66. Funeral services are set for Wednesday, June 12, 2002 at Anderson Funeral Home in Gainesboro. But visitation will also be held here in Cookeville at Whitson Funeral Home today, Monday. Visitation will also be held Tuesday at Anderson in Gainesboro and there again on Wednesday time for the services. He will be buried in the John L. Clark Cemetery in Jackson County. Brother Johnny Fox, Brother Reeder Oldham, and Brother Wally Kirby will officiate.
Anderson, who was born in Jackson County on Oct. 6, 1935, was a minister and a licensed funeral director and embalmer who worked at Whitson Funeral Home. He was a former owner of Anderson Funeral Home in Gainesboro and had worked in the funeral supply business. He was also a cabinet-maker and enjoyed woodworking of various kinds. He was a member of the Gainesboro Church of Christ, where he served as an elder, and was a board member of Upper Cumberland Christian Home. His family includes his wife, Frances (Tootie) Reed Anderson of Gainesboro; his parents, Johnie William and Ila Mae Chaffin Anderson of Jackson County; one son and daughter-in-law, Paul Reed and Phyllis Anderson of Nolensville, Tenn.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Tommy Elkins of Gainesboro and Gina and Jimmy Key of Cookeville; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Roger and Ruby Anderson of Gainesboro and Edward L. and Barbara Anderson of Carthage; one sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Jim Jenkins of Murfreesboro; five grandchildren, Thomas Anderson (Andy) Elkins, Nicole and Will Anderson, and Madelyn and Max Key. He was preceded in death by a brother, Johnie Kenneth Anderson, and a granddaughter, Natalie Anderson. James Paul Anderson may have held the record for numbers of funerals conducted in the Upper Cumberland area. His services, both as a mortician and as a minister, were in great demand, and those who know him best say it is no wonder. "It was his kindness," said Johnny Fox. "He had just the perfect personality for a minister. His concern for people was genuine. He was also a highly skilled mortician and was in great demand for that service. He was very professional and trained others in the business." And while Anderson was the quiet, calm professional, his closest friends knew how deeply he felt the pain of grieving families, especially in the death of children, Fox said. "He was such a down-to-earth person who could relate well to people," said Robert Gribble, owner of Anderson Funeral home. "He was a very humble person and was very well liked." For many years, it was James Paul Anderson who held most funerals in Jackson County, and only in recent years due to his health problems had the popular minister had to cut back on his services, Gribble said. Among the favorite Bible passages Anderson used in funeral services were the 121st Psalm and the 23rd Psalm, Gribble said. At many a graveside in the beautiful hills of Jackson County, Anderson recited, "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help." "I can hear him saying that now," Gribble said. "I've listened to him say it so many times." Contributions in his memory may be made to Happy Haven Home for Children, or the Jackson County chapter of the American Cancer Society. Whitson Funeral Home in Cookeville is in charge of arrangements. --- Mary Jo Denton, Herald-Citizen Staff, June 10, 2002.


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  • Created by: Tom Childers
  • Added: 8 Jul 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 39199796
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Paul Anderson (6 Oct 1935–8 Jun 2002), Find A Grave Memorial no. 39199796, citing Clark Memorial Cemetery, Gainesboro, Jackson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Tom Childers (contributor 46515204) .