Celebrating the life of Elder Robert Smiley Anderson
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Elder Anderson graduated from Russell Grove High School; and matriculated at Virginia State College (now University), majoring in Agriculture. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War Conflict and stationed at Camp Gordon, GA. While at Camp Gordon, he completed Advanced Individual Military Police training. He was later stationed in Albuquerque, New Mexico which was his favorite location. He often reminisced and told stories of his military days in New Mexico. While stationed in New Mexico, he joined the Army’s Military Police, became a member of the Army’s Pershing Rifles Fraternity and the Army’s basketball team.
After the military, Elder Anderson worked various jobs that eventually ended with him working for over 46 years at Piedmont Geriatric Hospital as the food service dietary supervisor and hospital security. While employed with Piedmont, he received numerous awards, acknowledgements and certifications with dietary and security. Elder Anderson also loved and enjoyed working/planting his garden, mowing his lawn, working outside in general, and listening to his smooth jazz music. He was a member of the Royal Arch Masonry, a volunteered fireman for Jetersville Fire Department, active member of the Democratic National Party and an active member of the NAACP. He was crowned NAACP King from Amelia in 2011. Elder Anderson was baptized at an early age at Alva Moore Presbyterian Church and later took his membership to Zion Hill Presbyterian Church until his passing. He was a trustee at the church, loved his church family and enjoyed working for the church.
Elder Anderson was preceded in death by his devoted wife, Eva Bland Anderson; brother Amzi Anderson, Sr., sister-in-law, Naomi Anderson and brother-in-law, Phil Belfon, Sr. He leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted daughter, Karen Anderson-Walker (Carlen); granddaughter, Courtney Makayla Walker whom he affectionately called “Noot-Noot”; devoted sister, Mrs. Paige Belfon; devoted nephews/niece, Phil Belfon Jr., Amzi Anderson, Jr. (Emmanuella) of Brooklyn, NY and Mrs. Jean Anderson Ahmed of Bronx, NY; a very devoted friend, Ms. Karen McAdoo; goddaughter, Ms. Karyn Smith of Atlanta, GA; a host of other family members, co-workers and friends.
Due to COVID 19 pandemic and the executive order of the Governor, funeral services and interment is private only.
Public viewing is Thursday, December 17, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please make a charitable donation to The American Cancer Society or a charity of you own choice.
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