God in His infinite wisdom called Wash Anderson, 74, to his home of eternal rest on January 11, 2019 at his residence in Decatur, GA. He was born the tenth of twelve children on May 2, 1944 to Joseph Sr. and Sallie Lou Abraham Anderson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Joseph Anderson, Jr., George Anderson, Sr., Eli Anderson and Samuel Anderson; three sisters, Anna Mae Douglas, Sallie Samuels and Ella Mae Anderson. Wash was educated in the public schools of Lee County. At an early age, his Christian experience began at Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church, where he worshipped and was a member for many years until his relocation to New York City. While in New York and Georgia, he continued his Christian experience and was affiliated with numerous churches, always seeking to put God first and reinforcing the Christian values instilled in him at an early age by his parents. He often attended Mountainside Seventh-Day Adventist Church with his wife. Wash was employed by the City of New York in the Department of Parks and Recreation for many years until his retirement in 2010. He exemplified strong work ethics and received notable recognitions for his impeccable service. Prior to his retirement, he was recognized by former Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, for the pride and great detail he took in his work and the Devoe Park in Bronx, NY was re-named in his honor. Upon retirement in 2010, he relocated to Decatur, GA, where he has resided and lived out his golden years to the fullest, until his untimely demise. Wash leaves to cherish and honor his memory, a devoted and loving wife of 22 years, Veda Nichols Anderson of Decatur, GA; three daughters, Rosa Mae Lawson of Sumter, Christina (Joseph) Toney of Elliott, Rosalee (Kevin) Carter of Baltimore, MD; three sons, Melvin James of Philadelphia, PA, Michael Hudson of Bronx, NY, Devon (Shernette) Simpson of Decatur, GA; four sisters, Carrie Anderson of Bronx, NY, Sarah J. Dean of Sumter, Rena A. Burrell of New York City, NY, Willie Mae Anderson of Mayesville; six sisters-in-law; four brothers-in-law; twenty two grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; and a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins, other sorrowing relatives and friends. The family will receive relatives and friends at his sister’s home, 209 East Moore Street, Sumter. Homegoing services will be held at 1 p. m. on Friday, January 18, 2019, at Mount Moriah United Methodist Church, 1379 Swimming Pen Road, Mayesville, with the Rev. Franklin Garrett, Senior Pastor, Eulogist. Wake service will be held from 5 – 7p. m. Thursday at the John Wesley Williams, Sr. Memorial Chapel, Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter. The remains will be placed in the church at noon. The funeral procession will leave at 12:20 p. m. from the home Burial will be in the Mount Moriah Memorial Garden.
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